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Meet Our Vet Team

Richland Animal Clinic - Your Nashville Veterinarians


Dr. Terry Brockman

Dr. Terry Brockman is a 1982 graduate of University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, she began working with both small and large animals and did relief vet work in Nashville. In 1989, she purchased Claughton Animal Clinic and renamed it Richland Animal Clinic. She began an interest in alternative veterinary medicine and 1992 became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist. Since then, her interest of holistic and alternative vet medicine has grown. She is still excited about being fortunate enough to do what she loves every day!

Dr. Katie Knox

Dr. Katie Knox is a Nashville native and previously worked at Richland Animal Clinic as a veterinary assistant in high school and college. She attended Middle Tennessee State University and received 2 Bachelor of Science Degrees in Animal Science and Biology and then received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating from veterinary school, she moved to Boston and completed a year-long internship in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care then worked as an emergency veterinarian in Louisville and Nashville. While she has a great love for emergency vet medicine, working long nights, weekends and holidays grew tiresome, so in 2014 she found her way back to Richland Animal Clinic.

She has two dogs, Kodo and Scout, and a cat named Juno that she shares with her husband Joe. Outside the vet hospital, you can often find her hiking, backpacking, camping, traveling, participating in music festivals, or anything that involves enjoying the great outdoors!


Dr. Elizabeth Flinn

Dr. Elizabeth Flinn grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee and graduated from University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. After graduating, she got married and moved to San Jose, California to practice veterinary medicine. She then moved to Nashville in 2010 and joined Richland Animal Clinic.

Dr. Flinn has two hound mixes named Lou and Teddy who are the joys of her life! Her favorite hobbies include white water kayaking, camping, hiking and going to UT football games!

Dr. Whitney Smith

Dr. Whitney Smith joined Richland Animal Clinic in January 2017. She is originally from Indianapolis, IN, but she has lived all along the east coast of the US.  She attended college at Trinity College in Hartford, CT where she graduated with honors in Biochemistry and worked for 2 years in the veterinary field prior to attending THE Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating veterinary school, Dr. Smith worked at a 24-hour vet hospital in Carmel, IN.  Dr. Smith moved to Nashville to join the emergency team at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Franklin, TN.  While still working occasional relief as an emergency veterinarian, Dr. Smith has moved her focus to general practice where she can develop lasting relationships with pets and their families.

Away from the vet hospital, Dr. Smith enjoys hiking and kayaking with her dogs, reading books, riding horses, and of course football. GO Colts!

Veterinary Support Team


Crockett, Practice Manager/Client Care

Crockett joined the Richland Animal Clinic family in September of 2004 while going to Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet for Health Sciences and Engineering at Pearl High. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelors in Business Administration. He has held pretty much every position at Richland Animal Clinic from Kennel Associate to Veterinary Assistant and is now the Practice Manager/Receptionist.


Dawn, Licensed Veterinary Technician

Dawn attended the Columbia State Veterinary Technician Program and graduated in May 2008 and then completed the national board exam and received a license to practice as a Veterinary Technician. After graduation, she worked at a veterinary clinic in Spring Hill for almost 2 years before coming to Richland Animal Clinic January of 2010. She is very passionate about animals and educating people on how to help their pets live long, happy lives. She lives with two cats Pirate and Georgie, and dog Zoe!

Chelsea, Vet Assistant

Chelsea is a Vet Assistant and joined the Richland family in June 2016. She completed the Animal Behavior College Vet Assistant Program in 2014 and has worked as a volunteer at Cheatham County Animal Control.  Outside the vet hospital, Chelsea enjoys hiking and her cows.



James joined our vet team in 2010, but his veterinary career began in 1997 while living in Wisconsin. He lives in West Nashville with his wonderful family and loves working here because he believes it is important to offer people holistic and conventional options for the health of their companion animals. He currently has two dogs, 4 cats and 4 guinea pigs.


Sonya, Vet Assistant

Sonya joined Richland Animal Clinic in 1992. Although her title is Vet Assistant, she is always helping in other areas when needed. She has a dog named Colt, a cat named Scully, and two horses, Bo and Vegas.

Heather, Vet Assistant

Heather is a Nashville native and a graduate of Lincoln Memorial University, where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Veterinary Technology. She started at Richland Animal Clinic in early 2014 and absolutely loves working here! She lives with her family, a grumpy old Chihuahua named Peanut, and the newest addition, a Yorkie mix named Dixie.


Sarah, Kennel Manager

Sarah has been working at Richland since  2006. She is the kennel manager and is responsible for the comfort and well-being of all animals boarding and hospitalized with us. She is always going above and beyond to help in other areas as well. She is the proud mother of two furry children - Mr. Tibbs and Catfish.

Allison, Client Care

Allison has always had a passion for animals since a young age. From volunteering after school at her local shelter, working with animal rescue groups, operating her own animal care business, and pursuing a degree in Biology/Animal Sciences from Trevecca Nazarene, you could say she has a strong foundation in animal hospitality. Through years of employment in a variety of animal care businesses, she and her sweet pup Neville the Longbottom are happy to be apart of Richland Animal Clinic since August 2016.

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Office Hours

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