Serving Dothan since 1943
Ben Garrett DVM
Brad Harris DVM
1846 South Oates Street
Dothan Alabama 36301


Our Vets | Our Staff | Our History | Our Services

Our Vets

Ben Garrett, DVM

Since 1987, Dr. Ben Garrett has been serving clients through Dothan Animal Hospital. Dr. Garrett graduated from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and has served as the past presidents of the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association and the Greater Dothan Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Garrett and his wife Terri are active members of Covenant United Methodist Church. He has three children – Taylor, Sarah, and James. In his spare time, he enjoys tennis, hunting, fishing, and time with family. He also enjoys playing guitar with Covenant’s praise and worship band.

Dr. Garrett and Terri have one big brown dog named Kaci. Kaci loves to see how many stuffed animals she can carry around the house.

Brad Harris, DVM

Dr. Brad Harris has worked with Dothan Animal Hospital for more than 10 years. He’s a 1990 graduate of Auburn University and is a member of the Greater Dothan Veterinary Medical Association and the Southeast Alabama Veterinary Medical Association.

He and his wife, Sharla, have three sons – Jacob, Connor, and Benjamin. Dr. Harris is a deacon at First Baptist Church in Headland and enjoys hunting, fishing, family time, playing piano and reading. He also officiates high school football.

Dr. Harris has one furry family member – Josephine (cat).

Our Staff

Anita , Kennel Supervisor
Since 1996, Anita has worked in the kennel of Dothan Animal Hospital, bathing and taking care of the animals. In her spare time, she cares for stray animals, enjoys photography and horseback riding.
Tracy , Vet AssistantA staff member of Dothan Animal Hospital since 2000, Tracy has been a part of the veterinary profession for 22 years. She loves her job and in her spare time, enjoys reading and playing practical jokes on her friends. Tracy currently has 6 dogs, 2 cats, 1 bird and a couple of cows.
Kim, L.V.T.Kim has been with Dothan Animal Hospital for 23 years. After graduating, she became a Licensed Veterinary Technician and returned to DAH. Since she was a young girl, Kim has wanted to work with animals and help ones that cannot help themselves. She says she would never change what she does or who she works for because they care about their patients, clients, and employees. Kim has a dog and a cat.
Celena , Receptionist Celena has worked as a receptionist at Dothan Animal Hospital since September of 2010. Celena likes working around animals and their owners. In her free time, Celena enjoys spending time with her daughter, shopping, horseback riding, and swimming.
Melinda , L.V.T.In 1975, Melinda began working with Garrett and Kennington Veterinary Hospital (now DAH). After a break to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician, she returned. She says she loves working with animals and their owners as well as the staff which is very dedicated to the goal of excellent patient care. Melinda has been married to her husband, Craig, for 30 years and has two daughters – Haley and Hannah. When she’s not at Dothan Animal Hospital, she enjoys caring for her 12 cats and 4 dogs.
Paige , L.V.T. Paige is a graduate of The Vet Tech Institute at IBC in Indianapolis Indiana. Paige has been working in the veterinary field since 2006. Paige has six dogs and 5 cats to keep her busy but still manages some free time to enjoy photography, singing, and going to the beach.
Amber , Receptionist
Amber has been a familiar face at Dothan Animal Hospital since August of 2005. She began working in the kennel cleaning up and caring for the animals. Amber then moved into an assistant position, and has since taken her current role of receptionist. Amber loves her job, saying she learns something new every day! Amber has one daughter and enjoys family time.
Natalie, Veterinary Assistant Natalie has worked with animals for twenty years in all areas of veterinary medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her dog Roxy, gardening, and family and friends.
Anna , Kennel Assistant Anna is a high school senior who began working at Dothan Animal Hospital in April of 2011. Anna has owned several different kinds of animals, but at the moment only has 3 dogs. Anna is active in her church and enjoys spending free time at the lake.
Hilary, Kennel AssistantHilary claims to be the youngest of the bunch at Dothan Animal Hospital. She’s been here since September of 2008, taking care of the boarders, bathing, feeding and playing with all of the animals. Hilary is studying to become a Vet Tech or a Vet after going to college. Among her hobbies are playing soccer and being with her family and husband. Hilary has 3 dogs and 1 cat.
Anna , Veterinary AssistantAnna takes great pride in her job at Dothan Animal Hospital. She works with others to bathe, feed ,and clean up after the animals. A student at Wallace Community College, she has plans to transfer to Jefferson State in order to pursue a career as a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Anna enjoys spending time with family and friends. She has a cat named Carter, two boxers – Molly and Libby, a Shar-pei named Sesame, and a Boston terrier named Julio.
Sassy Sassy is one of the two newest additions to our Dothan Animal Hospital family. She has a very out-going personality and enjoys sleeping, eating, and knocking over the plants in the lobby.
Haley , Kennel Assistant/Receptionist
Haley is a part time kennel assistant and part time receptionist at DAH. She’s currently enrolled at Wallace Community College in the School of Nursing. Haley has two boxers named Lottie and Lola, and one pug named Frances.
Tiffany , GroomerTiffany enjoys grooming all pets, short and tall, big and small. She grooms large dogs as well as small dogs, and cats as well. Tiffany enjoys meeting clients and grooming their pets. She has two dogs of her own, Bandit and Menchi, and enjoys spending free time playing with them.
Sully The second newest addition to the Dothan Animal Hospital family, Sully is more reserved than his sister but is probably the more mischievious of the two. Sully also enjoys sleeping and eating, as well as opening doors and greeting all patients in the hospital.

Our History

Dothan Animal Hospital, the oldest continuously operating animal hospital in Dothan, Alabama, was founded in 1943 by Dr. and Mrs. Coy Poitevint. Dr. Fred Garrett and Dr. Don Kennington became partners in the mid 60’s with the hospital operating as Poitevint Garrett Kennington, Inc. Doctors Poitevint and Kennington eventually sold their interest in the practice, with Dr. Fred Garrett operating the hospital as Garrett Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Fred Garrett was joined in practice by his son, Dr. Ben Garrett in 1987; in 1991 Dr. Fred Garrett retired. Dr. Brad Harris joined the practice in 1999.

In 2002, the practice became Dothan Animal Hospital and operates as such today.

Originally founded as a mixed animal practice, in 1974 Dothan Animal Hospital became the first practice in South Alabama to be limited to small animals.

Since its construction in 1943, Dothan Animal Hospital has had four additions. The most recent addition, completed in 2009, included a new lobby and addition and renovation of our exam rooms.