Our Veterinarians:
Experienced Veterinary Professionals for Clarksville, TN

Ronald Whitford, DVM

clarksville tn Ronald Whitford, DVMDr. Ronald Whitford is a Small Animal Practitioner and Chief of Staff at St. Bethlehem Animal Clinic. He founded the clinic in 1980 after working at another practice here in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Dr. Whitford says he was 12 years old when he decided to become a veterinarian. His beloved dog Nosey had to undergo a front leg amputation due to radial nerve paralysis after being hit by a car, which not only showed him the importance of good veterinary care, but introduced him to Dr. Harry Morgan. "Not long after meeting Dr. Morgan I began working for him and he took me under his wing and became my mentor all through middle school, high school and college," he says. "Upon graduation from veterinary school my first veterinary job was with Dr. Morgan and then two years later I was able to open my own practice."

For his undergraduate studies Dr. Whitford attended the University of Tennessee where he majored in Animal Science and Biology. However, due to early acceptance to the Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine he did not complete coursework for a Bachelor of Science opting instead to immediately begin veterinary studies. In 1972, he graduated at the top 10 percent of his class with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Whitford's areas of special professional interest include surgery, feline medicine and dermatology. In particular, he is nationally recognized speaker, writer and consultant within the veterinary profession and is the primary surgeon for St. Bethlehem Animal Clinic. His professional organization memberships include the American Veterinary Medical Association, Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association, veterinary member of the Tennessee Health Department Board, and a member of the Animal Shelter Board.

Dr. Whitford is also active in a number of local organizations. He is Chairman of the Clarksville/Montgomery County Regional Airport Authority, and served four years as a regular member and then four years as the chairman of the Clarksville/Montgomery County Board of Education. For all four years of his chairmanship, the school board won School Board of the Year. He also was named a State School Board Member of the Year and was asked to speak at the National School Board Association and State School Board Association.

He is married to Kathryn Whitford, our Client Service Coordinator and Lay Staff Supervisor. Dr. Whitford says, "She worked at a competing clinic as a teenager and then through her twenties. I had to marry her to get her away from our competition!" The couple has five adult children, Ryan, Wendy, Charity, Michael, and Jenny.

Dr. Whitford also provides a home for a standard poodle named Lucy; three inside cats named Hazel, Clarabelle and Gerty; and two outside cats named Melanie and Ashley. In terms of outside interests, Dr. Whitford says that practicing veterinary medicine is his hobby as well as vocation so he is something of a workaholic, though happily so. That said, he owns his own plane and is instrument rated. He also is a member of Angel Flights, which is a nonprofit organization providing flights for people in medical need as well as for transplants.

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Jessica Baxter, DVM

Jessica Baxter, DVMUndergraduate: The University of Tennessee.

Vet school: The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.

Professional interests: preventative medicine, ophthalmology, dermatology and surgery.

Association Memberships: American Veterinary Medical Association, Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association.

Hobbies: Spending quality time with family and pets, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, photography, woodworking and painting.

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Cynthia Miller, DVM

Cynthia Miller, DVMBiographical information coming soon!

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