Dr. Brawner is an Auburn native who graduated from Auburn High School in 1990 before moving on to Auburn University where he obtained his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Zoology prior to attending the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. He obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2001 and accepted a job as an associate veterinarian at Carriage Hills Animal Hospital in Montgomery where he spent eight and a half years before coming back home to Auburn to take over as the owner and primary veterinarian of PetVet Animal Hospital. Dr. Brawner's areas of professional interest include preventive medicine and wellness care, dentistry and oral surgery, and soft tissue surgery.
Dr. Brawner is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Alabama Veterinary Medical Assoication, the American Association of Feline Practitioners, and the American Veterinary Dental Society. He also serves on the board of directors of Storybook Farm.
While in Montgomery, Dr. Brawner met his wife Meredith. They were married in September of 2003 and the couple now has four children, Will, Anna Kathryn, Jack, and John Thomas. They also have a Golden Retriever named Ellee, a Maltese mix (Malty-mystery) named Charlie, and two cats: Pumpkin and Mable. Dr. Brawner and Meredith are excited to be back in Auburn and enjoy being part of this great community.
PetVet Animal Health Center - Who We Are
Our office manager, Wendy, joined the PetVet Animal Hospital staff in April of 2010. Originally from Florida, Wendy came to Alabama in 2005. She has over 25 years of experience working in customer service positions, and worked with Dr. Brawner for several years in Montgomery prior to coming to PetVet Animal Hospital. Wendy loves the relationships she develops with our clients and their pets and does an excellent job of keeping our front office running in a smooth and efficient manner.
Wendy has 6 dogs, all rescues, and all are now very lucky dogs. Cora, Milo, Brinkley, Quinn, Tullah, and Fiona have all found a great home with Wendy and her husband Will. They also have made room for three cats, Binx, Dora, and Shelly, who hopefully like dogs.
Dr. Starla Riggs joined the PetVet staff as our second veterinarian in February of 2014. She is a 2013 graduate of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to attending the AUCVM she obtained her undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Science in Zoology, from Auburn University.
Dr. Riggs is originally from Monroeville, Alabama, and moved to Auburn in 2004 to attend Auburn University. She met her husband, Jason, during her time as an undergraduate, and the couple was married in 2007. Jason is an attorney in Opelika who works primarily with the family court as a guardian ad litem. The couple has two children, Isaac and Hanna Kate. In addition to their children, Starla and Jason have a Brittany Spaniel named Caddy, and a cat named Gully.
Dr. Riggs' professional interests include emergency medicine, ultrasonography, preventive medicine, and soft tissue surgery. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Animal Hospital Association.
Ben joined the PetVet Animal Hospital staff in August of 2013. He comes to us from Atlantic Beach, NC and will be here for at least a few years while his wife Lisa is attending Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to coming to Auburn, Ben graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in Zoology. His previous work experiences include veterinary work as well as a stint at the North Carolina Aquarium.
Ben completed the veterinary technician course offered by Jefferson State Community College and received is Veterinary Technician License in November of 2016.
Ben and Lisa have three dogs: two Golden Retrievers, Chubby Lou and Cloud Atlas, and a Great Pyrenees named Nova Auburn. They also have a cat named Pan Cabbitt and an Eyelash Crested Gecko named Gabe.
When we're not keeping Ben tied up here at work he spends his time studying and running.
Dr. Bryan Murphy graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. He and his family moved to Fort Walton Beach, Florida after graduation and opened Murphy Veterinary Hospital in Fort Walton Beach in 1994. They sold the practice in 2011 and moved back to Auburn in 2012. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Dental Society, Alabama Veterinary Medical Association and the East Alabama Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Murphy has extensive training in veterinary dentistry and joins the staff at PetVet Animal Hospital to promote quality veterinary dentistry to all of our patients.
Dr. Murphy has been married to the love of his life, Debbie, for 35 years and they have two married daughters and 2 wonderful granddaughters. Debbie is a cost accountant at Auburn University and teaches accounting at Southern Union. They are also waiting on the arrival of their third grandchild later this year. They have a Pomeranian and two Golden Retrievers, as well as back yard chickens! When not working, Dr. Murphy can usually be found spending time with his wife gardening, woodworking and visiting their children and grandchildren.
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Dr. Laurel Gardner was born and raised in Miami, Florida, where her parents encouraged an early love for animals. By the time she was three years old she knew she wanted to be a veterinarian, and by her early teens she knew she wanted to attend Auburn University. Dr. Gardner graduated as a proud member of the Class of 1986. She worked briefly locally with Dr. Len Jones and then Dr. Ralph Womer as an associate and after the birth of her son in 1990 found her niche doing relief work for twenty five years.
Dr. Gardner is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Alabama Veterinary Association and served for three years as a board member of the Alabama Environmental Commission. Her professional interests include feline medicine and nutrition, preventive medicine, hospice care, and communicating clearly and effectively with the owners of each animal she sees.
Dr. Gardner met her husband, Mike, owner of GnG Enterprises (a residential site prep company) while in undergraduate school at Auburn and they were married in 1985. Her son, Stan, recently married his wife, Rebekah on the family farm. Her current menagerie consists of horses Toby and Duncan, and her cat The Mighty Hunter Kitty D’Artagnan. She is thrilled to be a part of the Pet Vet Family and can’t wait to contribute her time and gifts to this community through her position here.