Dr. Jennifer Clay is a 2003 graduate of the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. During her time at UC Davis Dr. Clay received special training in Grief Support, Small Animal Dentistry, and Ultrasound. After graduating from UC Davis, Dr. Clay did a one-year rotating internship at the VCA Emergency Animal Hospital and Referral Center in San Diego, California, where she was Intern of the Year. Dr. Clay’s internship included rotations in Internal Medicine, Surgery, Emergency and Critical Care, and Exotic Animal Medicine. Dr. Clay is a member of the Association for Veterinary Family Practice (AVFP), the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Memphis Shelby County Veterinary Medical Association (MSCVMA), and Veterinary Information Network (VIN). She is currently the President of the Academy of Veterinary Family Practice, the Immediate Past President of the Association for Veterinary Family Practice (AVFP) and on the Board of Directors of the MSCVMA. Dr. Clay received her Credential in Veterinary Family Practice in November of 2009 and is currently helping to form a specialty in Veterinary Famly Practice. Dr. Clay moved to Memphis in the summer of 2004 and practiced at Greene Animal Hospital for two years before joining the staff at Downtown Animal Hospital in August of 2006. She founded Utopia Animal Hospital in 2008. Dr. Clay and her husband, Chip, have one cat, Marty. They welcomed their son James to the world in the summer of 2009 and their daughter Louise was born in February of 2013.
Carla Pittman has been working in Veterinary Medicine since 1998. She has worked with several area veterinarians, including Dr. Barden Greenfield, who is a Veterinary Dental Specialist. Carla has a special interest in both human and animal dentistry. Carla and her husband have 2 boys at home who keep them very busy!
Annie Martini came to Utopia in the summer of 2009 after working for PetSmart in the PetHotel. She has a degree in English Education, but decided that she prefers to work with animals. Annie received her Certificate in Veterinary Techology in the spring of 2012 from San Juan College. Annie’s hometown is Cloverport, Kentucky. Annie shares her home with her three dogs, Molly, Zero and Alistair.
James Clay joined the Utopia staff at the end of August 2009. James enjoys being the offical Utopia greeter. As you can see from this photo, he has a special interest in surgery. He is also training to be a dog-walker. James has one cat named Marty.
Louise Clay started working at Utopia in February of 2013. Louise is following in her brother’s footsteps with her interest in surgery. Louise will be taking over as front desk manager as soon as she is talking. She loves her cat Marty.
Jennifer Sager joined the staff of Utopia in the winter of 2010. She comes to us with 14 years’ experience in veterinary medicine. She has worked as a receptionist, a technician and a groomer. Jennifer and her husband share their home with a great group of dogs and cats.
Hilda Fitts-Orejel joined the Utopia staff in October of 2012. She moved to Memphis from Modesto, California in the summer of 2012. Hilda has been caring for animals for almost a decade, first in a boarding facility, then as a technician in an animal hospital. Hilda received her Certificate of Veterinary Technology in 2007 and is currently studying to take the exam to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. Hilda and her husband share their home with thee cats (Frankie, Hobo and Staten Island) and one dog (Sweetie Pie).
Janet Havel grew up in New York state. She has an Associates Degree in Applied Science and Animal Management and she has a Bachelors Degree in Forensic Chemistry with a minor in Religous Studies. Janet has a special interest in Zoologic Medicine (especially avian) and has spent many hours interning at the zoo in Buffalo, NY. She also did an internship at the SPCA in Erie County. Janet recently moved to Memphis and we were glad to have her join our team as a Veterinary Technician in February of 2014. Janet shares her home with her dogs Lilu and Jovie and her cat Moose.
Kimball Chey has been in and around the Mid-South all of his life. He has an eclectic background (be sure to ask him for some great cooking tips!) including time spent as an Animal Caregiver at Utopia, starting in the Fall of 2013, and another practice in the area. Kimball studied Information Technology and is a car enthusiast. We are grateful for his care of our boarding pets and for his organizational skills. Kimball shares his home with his dogs Zero, Alistair and Molly.
David Eldridge joined the Utopia team in the fall of 2013. He studied Veterinary Medical Technology at Mississippi State University and became a Licensed Veterinary Medical Technician in 2012. David works full time at Pet Med Emergency Center in Cordova and spends part of his time each week with us. In his free time, David enjoys singing in his church choir and belonging to a music fraternity. David is also the District Representative for the Tennessee Veterinary Technicians Association. David shares his home with a handsome kitty named Minion.
Would you like to become a member of our staff? We are not currently hiring, but keep employment applications on file. When we have an opening, we will call persons who have previously submitted an application first.