Betty Collins

​​Betty was born and raised in Cairo. She's a member of a very large household, with four sisters and one brother.  Her furry friends include a German Shepherd, Princess, and a Jack Russell terrier, Lady.  Along with her passion for animals, Betty has a great aptitude with children.  Her future plans are to work in a medical field as a nurse or physical therapist.  During high school, Betty was a member of the softball and track teams, earning awards in both sports.  She is a cheerful and energetic member of our staff.  

We are delighted to offer the services of the only licensed canine physical therapist in our area. Erin was trained as a human PT 20 years ago, then acquired special training and expertise with four-legged patients.  Her tools include laser, accupressure (no needles), therapeutic massage, exercise training, and more.  She shares her skills with many sports and agility participants, but also can bring relief to post-operative or trauma patients, as well as "old dog" aches and pains.  She is available at our office by appointment, on Wednesdays. 

​Alicia Hernandez-Perez


Front Row:  Lori Ashe with Toot, Tineka Ingram with Fly, Lorrie Stuckey with Pirate, and Christy Chason with Ella

Back Row:  Bonnie Smith, Betty Collins with Daisy, and Dr. Janet Ackerman

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Lori Ashe

Lori Ashe has over 30 years of grooming experience and can turn your scruffy pet into a runway model! Her work is beautiful. Lori has also taught our Canine Obedience classes here in the past. Her family includes a Potbellied pig named Mia Ham, Nina (her loving Pit bull), Toot the Papillon, "B" the Golden Retriever, Grady the Lab, 3 horses, Carl the squirrel, five chickens, step-daughter Hannah, and last (but not least!) husband Duane. They live in a farmhouse in Whigham, and participate in Rendezvous events where people relive the lifestyle of Colonial times. Lori is also training her dogs to perform in Agility trials, and doing splendidly. Toot is well on her way to achieving Agility Champion titles with both UKC and AKC, and Grady is following close behind in her pawprints.

Dr. Janet L Ackerman D.V.M.

Dr. Janet Ackerman opened the hospital in 1986, with the goal of promoting the health and well-being of companion animals and horses. She has two adult sons, who both grew up in 4-H.  Jared now works in the agriculture industry, and Dustin is a firefighter. Dr. Ackerman has two cool horses- Breeze and Mikey (who love to go trail riding).  She has bred and raised Australian Shepherds, Dachshunds, and Labs in the past and presently has a mixed-breed rescue dog named Hooligan.  Never was a dog more aptly named! Outside the office, Dr. Ackerman enjoys nature photography, trail riding, hiking, fishing, home improvement projects, and scuba diving.

Tineka Ingram

​​​Tineka was born in Albany, Ga, and grew up in Thomasville.  She began her career as a Radiologic Technologist, and then became a Registered Dental Hygienist.  We are excited to have her medical and dental expertise in our office, as well as her wonderful smile!   Tineka has been married to her high school sweetheart, Trent, for fifteen years now.  They have a beautiful 12 year old daughter, Kaylee, who attends Thomas County Middle School, and is an avid softball player.  As pet lovers, the Ingram’s home is filled with three dogs- Roxi, Palmer, and Zeb, along with their a ferret named Cooney and Rue, the Sugar Glider.  Tineka and Trent enjoy family and friends, traveling with Kaylee to her ball games, as well as hunting and fishing.  


Daisy, along with her two littermates, was left in a box on our doorstep one cold winter night in January, 2012.  She quickly endeared herself with everyone at the office, and made herself right at home.  She continues to amuse us with her antics and curiosity!  There's no telling where you might find her.  She's friendly to dogs and seems to help a lot of them relax while they are here for care.  By the way, her two littermates also found excellent homes with our staff members. Yay!

By the way, Daisy Mae (being the trendy cat that she is), has her own Facebook page.  Check it out and Like her!

Lorrie Stuckey

Lorrie was born and raised in Cairo. She came to us back in August 2013 to volunteer and is now a valued member of our staff.  Her dedication and love for animals make her a super asset to our staff.  Lorrie and Tracy are now Mom and Dad to wonderful son Waylon.  She also has 4 dogs (Cali, Pirate, Bachelor & Moon), 2 cats (Angel & Lucy) and last but not least, Fire the fish. ​When not in school or at our office, Lorrie is an accomplished high school women's softball player.  Go, Lorrie!

Bonnie Smith

Bonnie takes care of the bookkeeping and business needs of the practice, and sometimes fills in as receptionist also. She and her husband, Rickey, have two daughters, Jennifer and Kerri, who are still close by. Both have children of their own, and grandsons Justin, Jakson, Jaken and Jesse along with granddaughter Jemma are the lights of Bonnie's life! Occasional orphaned birds, puppies, or kittens are her extended family. Doodle Bug is her most famous pet; he came to our office after being abandoned and near death in a dumpster. Bonnie's TLC saved him, and he has turned into a happy, healthy member of the family. 

Erin O'Connell

Christy Chason

Christy worked as a veterinary assitant for us years ago, and has returned to work here again after getting her degree as a respiratory therapist.  She just missed our patients way too much!  Christy continues her work at a human hospital, and we're happy to have her back with us again.  She's eager to help you with your pet's care, in any way possible.   Her Pug, Ella, is her buddy, and Christy helps care for her father's Old English Bulldog, Cubby, who is somethin' else!    

​​​​Alicia Hernandez-Perez has joined our staff as part of her Ag Work Based Learning class.  She grew up in Cairo and attends Cairo High School, which has opened up many opportunities for her.  She feels honored to serve as the Cairo High FFA (Future Farmers of America) President for the 2016-2017 school year.  Future plans include attending Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College with a major in the agriculture industry.  Alicia has enjoyed every opportunity to learn new skills at AMC, and thinks her job is wonderful!  Alicia is fluent in Spanish and this has been a great help with our Hispanic pet owners.

Our Veterinarians, Staff, and Furry Friends: (left to right)

We welcome you to our Animal Hospital!

Dr. Ackerman
and Mikey