Our Veterinarians

Dr. J. Linwood Jernigan

President, Chief Medical Officer, Veterinarian

Growing up in Whiteville, North Carolina, Dr. J. Linwood Jernigan’s home was within walking distance of a veterinary practice. In the seventh grade, Dr. Jernigan started working there. This early exposure to the veterinary profession convinced him that the animal care field was the only choice for him!

Upon graduating high school, Dr. Jernigan enrolled in the Animal Science and Zoology programs at North Carolina State University. During his studies, he worked part-time for the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Veterinary Pathology laboratory and later for the National Institute of Environmental and Health Sciences.

Following graduation, Dr. Jernigan attended graduate school to obtain his Master’s Degree in Dairy Nutrition before being accepted to North Carolina State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. After serving as a veterinarian and practice partner at two other local veterinary hospitals for 22 years, Dr. Jernigan opened The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt in 2006.

Most recently, Dr. Jernigan has focused on medical advancements in dentistry, oral surgery, and reproductive services. He particularly enjoys soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. Above all, though, he takes great pleasure in helping families maintain a healthy human-animal relationship.

Dr. Jernigan is married to his wonderful wife Ann, Finance Officer here at the hospital. They have two grown daughters and live with a Boston terrier named Julian as well as a rescued cat named Sassy.

Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Jernigan is an avid musician and plays the guitar, mandolin, and a bit of piano. He performs regularly at his church and at various local venues. Dr. Jernigan also enjoys following North Carolina State University sports, especially basketball and football.

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Dr. Tess Jordan

Associate Veterinarian

Upon entering college, Dr. Tess Jordan knew she wanted to get into the medical field and help patients, but she struggled to find her exact calling. It wasn’t until she started working at a local no-kill shelter that the pieces fell into place—Dr. Jordan realized veterinary medicine was where she was meant to be!

Dr. Jordan grew up in Sanford, North Carolina. She attended Wake Forest University for her undergraduate studies, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a double minor in environmental science and sociology. After two years spent working part-time at a shelter and part-time at a small-animal vet’s office, Dr. Jordan entered veterinary school at North Carolina State University. Upon earning her DVM degree, she completed a one-year internship at a Mesa, Arizona emergency clinic before arriving at The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt in the summer of 2012.

Dermatology is of particular interest to Dr. Jordan because of the complex and often multifaceted approach that it requires. She’s also passionate about continual education, building lasting relationships with pets and their owners, and helping set new puppies and kittens on the path to a lifetime of great health.

Dr. Jordan is married to her college sweetheart, Tyler, who works with human electronic medical records. They share their home with three dogs, Percy, Deacon, and Gabe, as well as an elderly shorthair cat named Booger.

In her free time, Dr. Jordan enjoys practicing yoga, reading, cooking, spending time with her husband, and traveling when she gets the chance.

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Dr. Tim Queeney

Associate Veterinarian

Throughout his veterinary career, Dr. Tim Queeney has been exposed to various fields of animal healthcare, including wildlife conservation, animal rescue, laboratory work, and agriculture. He settled on small-animal medicine for one reason: to develop personal relationships with the clients who entrust him with their pets’ care!

Dr. Queeney grew up in Pembroke, Massachusetts. During high school, he began shadowing veterinarians to learn more about the profession. After graduation, Dr. Queeney moved to Miami to attend the University of Miami while working as a veterinary technician at a small, one-doctor practice. Upon completing an internship at the Miami Seaquarium, he spent four years earning his DVM degree at the University of Florida in Gainesville while also securing his Master’s Degree in Public Health.

In June of 2014, Dr. Queeney joined the compassionate team at The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt. He especially enjoys performing surgeries and being able to work with his hands. Behavioral issues are his other primary interest, and helping a pet and owner through a tough spot is extremely gratifying for him.

At home, Dr. Queeney has a Catahoula leopard mix puppy named Lenny. When he isn’t at work or taking Lenny to the park, Dr. Queeney enjoys back-country camping and brewing his own beer.

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Dr. Courtney Pierce

Associate Veterinarian

During her high school years, Dr. Courtney Pierce had the opportunity to volunteer with a local animal shelter. The shelter was underfunded and the adoption rate was rather low—the experience opened Dr. Pierce’s eyes to the significant plight of homeless and neglected pets. She was so moved that she decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine! Now, she’s able to care for animals daily as an Associate Veterinarian.

Dr. Pierce was born in Massachusetts, and moved to North Carolina at the age of 18 to attend North Carolina State University’s animal medicine program. She graduated in 2008, then started her small-animal care career in Winston-Salem. After her husband graduated from law school, the couple moved to Virginia, where Dr. Pierce took up emergency medicine for two years.

As much as she enjoyed the exciting, fast-paced nature of emergency work, Dr. Pierce eventually found that she missed the long-term relationships formed in general practice—when her husband accepted a position in Greensboro, she was thrilled to join The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt’s skilled and compassionate team as an Associate Veterinarian! Her favorite part of her work is the bonding experience that she gets to have with pets and their owners; for her, being available in a time of need is the ultimate reward. Dr. Pierce is also an avid veterinary surgeon and is particularly fond of minimally invasive techniques. She’s even appeared on the local news station numerous times with her own dog to discuss these topics!

Dr. Pierce and her husband, Whit, have a young son named Evan and share their lives with several pets. They have three rescued dogs—Spencer, June, and Vern—as well as a pair of cats and two fish. When she isn’t spending time with her family or tending to pets’ needs here at the hospital, Dr. Pierce enjoys rafting on the river (she and Whit were professional whitewater rafting guides before starting their respective careers) and running long-distance. She’s completed over ten half-marathons and two full marathons!

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Dr. Catherine Smith

Associate Veterinarian

A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, Dr. Catherine Smith grew up adoring animals and all that they had to offer. It wasn’t long before one thing became clear: she wouldn’t be satisfied unless she was working with pets on a regular basis! Dr. Smith hasn’t looked back since—now, she gets to fuel her passion while helping others as an Associate Veterinarian with The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt.

Dr. Smith attended Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina to earn her undergraduate degree, studying abroad in Queensland, Australia for a semester, before relocating to Alabama to obtain her Doctorate from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated in May of 2015, and was thrilled to return to the Greensboro and Summerfield area to begin her career in private practice.

Dr. Smith particularly enjoys building her surgical skills through laparoscopic techniques, and is also a staunch advocate for laser therapy; she’s been especially impressed with laser technology’s positive effects in reducing pain and inflammation for arthritic animals. Most of all, Dr. Smith likes meeting the area’s wonderful pets and building lasting relationships with their loving owners.

At home, Dr. Smith lives with two rescued dogs, one of which was her surgical teaching dog at Auburn University. When she isn’t enjoying her own pets’ company or tending to the needs of the area’s animal companions here at the hospital, Dr. Smith can be found spending time with her family, attending her church in Greensboro, playing soccer or staying active at the gym, and hiking through North Carolina’s beautiful outdoor scenery. She’s also an avid traveler—Dr. Smith has gone on multiple veterinary-related missions trips to Mexico and Mongolia, and looks forward to the opportunity for further travel in the future!

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