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Dr. Wilson W. McManus, II, DVM
Dr. McManus received a bachelor of science in Animal Sciences in 1982 and doctorate of veterinary medicine in 1988 from Auburn University. Prior to opening Valley Animal Hospital and Pet Resort, Dr. McManus was a full-time emergency veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Center, and subsequently became a partner at Adams, Parmer, Glass and McManus Veterinary Clinics in Columbus, Georgia. In the year prior to opening Valley Animal Hospital and Pet Resort, he worked with his father, also a Veterinarian of forty years at Apollo Animal Hospital here in Huntsville, Alabama.
Dr. McManus founded Valley Animal Hospital and Pet Resort in the heart of Jones Valley in May 1992. Valley Animal Hospital and Pet Resort is an accredited member of the American Animal Hospital Association (since 1994). Dr. McManus is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association, was a founding board member of the Animal Emergency Clinic of North Alabama, is a member of the Huntsville Rotary Club, a board member of the Huntsville- Madison County Auburn Club and has participated over a ten year period as a veterinary missionary to Honduras with Saint Thomas Episcopal Church Medical Mission.
Dr. McManus shares his home, with his wife - Laura Leigh, their two daughters and son, and two cats–Tom Kitten and Oatmeal, and Yorkie–Olivia. He shares his office with his cats - Persimmon, Mayhem and Fender. Hobbies include fishing, gardening, and the outdoors.
Dr. Rebecca (Becca) Lofty, DVM
Dr. Becca Lofty graduated from Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine after completing her preceptorship here at Valley Animal Hospital & Pet Resort in 2004. While in vet school, Dr. Lofty focused on small animal care with special attention to dermatology. She also had the opportunity to work closely with the Lee County Humane Society diagnosing and treating homeless animals to help find them forever homes. Prior to attending Auburn, Dr. Lofty graduated from Montevallo University with a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry.
She is currently pursuing certification as a Fear Free Veterinarian to ensure that your babies have the best visits possible.
A member of the 1995 Grissom High School graduating class, Dr. Lofty is pleased to return to the Tennessee Valley, and delighted to have the opportunity to serve her own community.
Dr. Lofty shares her home with her husband - Kris, son - Joshua, three dogs -Bones, Ogre, Spike and two cats - Togs and Vincent. Also enjoying her own aquarium, a red-eared slider turtle - Gibby.
Dr. Brock Halverson, DVM
Dr. Brock Halverson graduated from Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine. While attending Auburn, he participated in research regarding antibiotic resistance. Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Halverson attended Troy State University and received a BS degree in Biology.
Dr. Halverson spent several years working at a small animal clinic in rural East Tennessee. While in Tennessee, he served as the vice president and president of the Five Rivers Regional Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Halverson has a special interest in Ultrasound and Radiology and using these diagnostic tools to better diagnose and treat patients. He also enjoys internal medicine, surgery, and preventative care for his patients.
Since 2014 Dr. Halverson has served on the alumni board for his veterinary fraternity Omega Tau Sigma. In 2017, he was awarded by the fraternity for his distinguished alumni contributions.
Dr. Halverson currently shares his home with his wife JJ. His hobbies include: cooking, fishing, hunting and the outdoors.
Dr. Wendi Tumminello, DVM
Dr. Wendi Tumminello is a native of Huntsville. After working as an assistant for Dr. McManus at Valley Animal Hospital for several years, she decided she wanted to pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine. She graduated with a BS in Biology from Emory University in 1997 and received her Doctorate of Veterinary medicine from Auburn University in 2001.
After graduation, Dr. Wendi moved to the New Orleans area and pursued an internship in small animal internal medicine, surgery, and emergency medicine at the Louisiana Veterinary Referral and Emergency Clinic. Following the internship, Dr. Wendi stayed on at LaVRC and worked as an Emergency Veterinarian and manager of the Emergency Clinic for 8 years. She loved the fast-paced environment and helping patients overcome life threatening injuries and diseases.
In 2010, after having her second little boy, Dr. Tumminello and her husband moved back to Huntsville to raise their family. Dr. Wendi has been working part-time at Valley Animal Hospital since the fall of 2010. Her veterinary interests include emergency medicine, internal medicine, ultrasound, and geriatric care.
She shares her home with husband, Marc; her two boys—Luke and Titus; her sweet daughter Scarlett; and her beagle/basset mix, Abigail.
Dr. Ashley Calvin, DVM
Dr. Ashley Calvin graduated from Colorado State University in 1997 with a BS of Animal Science, and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University's School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. She then returned to Colorado where she was an associate and owner of a small animal and exotic animal practice. Dr. Calvin relocated to the Huntsville area in 2012 when her husband took a job with NASA.
Dr. Calvin enjoys internal medicine, dental care, and managing chronic diseases such as liver disease, kidney disease and helping to control chronic pain. She enjoys treating exotic patients and teaching their owners how best to care for these special pets. She'll treat just about anything and loves learning about each species
Outside of work, Dr. Calvin and her supportive husband, Tim, are kept busy traveling and running their 3 children to various activities. She has boy/girl twins, Rory and Owen, and a younger son, Holland. Dr. Calvin also has five pets - 3 cats named Waffles, Kringle, and Mango, as well as two elderly black lab-mixes named Bacon and Letty (short for Omelette; to go with the breakfast theme!).
Dr. Katherine Roeder, DVM
Dr. Katherine Roeder graduated from Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine after completing a preceptorship at Valley Animal Hospital in 2014. While in veterinary school, Dr. Roeder worked closely with the emergency veterinarians and technicians in the small animal ICU, taking care of hospitalized patients. Prior to attending vet school, she received a BS in Animal and Dairy Sciences and Zoology from Auburn in 2009.
Dr. Roeder takes tremendous pride in being part of the veterinary field and loves the constant growth that it has to offer. She enjoys being a part of the team at Valley Animal Hospital & Pet Resort, who strive to accomplish exceptional quality care for every patient. Her professional interests include preventative medicine, internal medicine, and ophthalmology. Originally from Birmingham, Dr. Roeder is excited to now reside in North Alabama to serve the community of Huntsville.
She shares her home with her husband, Michael and son, Walton. They are all kept busy by their pets--two Labradors (Ernest and Banks), a Vizsla (Piper), two little mixed breeds (Mallie and Meeko), and a cat (Stache).
Dr. Angela Cancannon, DVM
Dr. Concannon graduated from Mississippi State University with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2001. She studied Animal and Dairy Science in undergraduate and after only three years was accepted into veterinary school. While at MSU she was an Agriculture Ambassador for the School or Agriculture and once in veterinary school was chosen as an Envoy for school.
Upon graduating Dr. Concannon joined a clinic in Huntsville as an associate and worked there for twelve years. She has been very active in the veterinary community since moving here. Dr. Concannon has served as the Vice-President and President of the Madison County Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Concannon is an active member in Flint River Baptist Church in Hazel Green. She is a member of the Madison County Veterinary Medical Association, the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, AAHA, the American Veterinary Dental Society, and the Hunt’s Spring chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Her hobbies include watching movies, scrapbooking, cooking, sewing, gardening and reading.
Dr. Concannon is married. She and her husband Craig have two girls. They share their home with Bailey, a Great Pyrenees, and three cats - Buzz, George and Flint.