Dr. Keith Harrison
Born and raised in Hickory, N.C. Dr. Keith Harrison attended N.C. State University and majored in Animal Science. He then received his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Auburn University College of Veterinary medicine in 1981. After graduation he joined Dr. Russell Tate, Sr., at Maple Lawn Animal Clinic in Vass, N.C. practicing companion animal and equine medicine then later at the Animal Health Center, P.A. in Southern Pines practicing companion animal medicine exclusively. In 1989 Dr. Harrison and Dr. Tate opened the Animal Health Center in West End. He has a special interest in all types of surgery including soft tissue and orthopedics and enjoys the everyday challenges of internal medicine. Dr. Harrison is a member of the American Veterinary Association, the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association and the North Carolina Academy of Small Animal Medicine. He and his wife Mary Scott have two daughters (Amanda and Rebecca) as well as two Papillons (Missy and Lily). His hobbies include bass fishing, golf and spending time with his family.
Dr. Russell Tate, Sr.
Born in Blowing Rock, N.C. Dr. Russell Tate, Sr., received a B.S. in Animal Industry from N.C. State College in 1958. He attended Lees McCrae College before serving in the U.S. Army artillery during the Korean conflict. He later received a B.S. in Agriculture from N.C. State College. Dr. Tate received his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Oklahoma State University in 1961. He worked one summer at Belmont and other New York race tracks. Dr. Tate practiced in Glasgow Kentucky prior to opening a mixed animal practice (Maple Lawn Animal Clinic) in Vass, N.C., which also furnished housing facilities for the Moore County Humane Society for its first few years. During this time he also started a small animal practice in Sanford, N.C. and Raeford, N.C. Dr. Tate and Dr. Harrison went on to open companion animal practices in Southern Pines and West End, N.C. Dr. Tate is a life-time member of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and long time member of the North Carolina Zoo. Semi-retired, Dr. Tate enjoys equestrian activities, delivering food for “meals on wheels”, performing surgery and has a avid interest in honey bee husbandry. He and his wife Anthea have three sons (Jule, Russ, Jr and John) and five grandchildren. Russ, Jr. is the Hospital Administrator for the three locations. They have two dogs; “Lady” and “Jake” mixed labs, 2 cats, honey bees and chickens. (retired)
Dr. Marc Schoenfield
Dr. Marc Schoenfield brings thirty-five years of clinical experience to our animal hospital with a very strong interest in internal medicine and pet wellness programs. For many years, he owned a 3-doctor animal hospital, which he and his wife built to provide care for farm and small animals in part of western North Carolina. He combines his use of conventional medicine with his board certification in acupuncture and also his use of Chinese herbal medicine. He and his wife Anna Maria live in Southern Pines with their two cats “Diva” and “Vic.” His hobbies are songwriting and recording, playing guitar and piano, swimming, tennis and golf. He also enjoys reading, films, and following current economic and political policies. Dr. Schoenfield received his Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton Business School in the University of Pennsylvania and his veterinary degree from the University of Perugia in Perugia, Italy. Dr. Schoenfield works primarily out of the Raeford location.
Dr. Jennifer Seals
Dr Jennifer Seals graduated from Iowa State University with her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1994. She grew up showing dogs, cattle, horses and rabbits in rural Iowa. Dr. Seals enlisted in the army in 1982 and spent time on active duty, in the National Guard and Reserves , retiring as an army reservist. She came to NC on active duty with the military in 1994. She and her husband purchased acreage in Hoke County, where they live with their son, 4 dogs,7 cats, 4 horses and miscellaneous sheep, chickens and ducks. Her special interests in medicine are feline and geriatric medicine. Hobbies are horseback riding, polocrosse, fox hunting, trail riding, sorting cattle, tatting and gardening. She and her husband enjoy living in the Sandhills and plan to retire here. Dr. Seals works primarily at the Raeford Hospital.
Dr. Leigha Williams
Dr. Leigha Williams comes to us from Wadesboro, NC. She graduated from Meredith College in 1996 with a BA in Mathematics and a minor in Statistics. She attended the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2001. Dr. Williams has worked in rural, small animal practice full-time, but now she enjoys working part-time in the clinic and doing house calls in Wadesboro.
Dr. Williams takes a special interest in small dogs, especially seniors. Knowing first-hand the changes that take place in senior dogs, she believes in helping them live as happy and pain-free as possible. Although she does not enjoy euthanasia, she enjoys helping people through this most difficult transition in their lives and the lives of their small friends. Dr. Williams got her first “indoor” dog when she started veterinary school. One of her proudest achievements is caring for him through all the stages of his life. Never having to spend a night in a hospital, she cared for him at home for fifteen years, including his very last moments. His name was Justin, and he is pictured above. Dr. Williams lives near her family in her hometown of Wadesboro with her two toy poodles, Jodie and Jax. She enjoys cooking, going to concerts, and spending long weekends with her best friend in Raleigh.
Dr. Elizabeth Lea
Caroline Lea is a double graduate of North Carolina State University where she received both her Bachelors degree in Animal Science in 2011 and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. Dr. Lea is a Moore County native, residing in Eastwood most of her life. Following graduation in the Spring, Dr. Lea joined the Animal Health Center where she practices companion animal medicine primarily at the West End location. Dr. Lea is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners. When she has free time, Dr. Lea enjoys walking with her dogs, watching football and taking beach trips.