Nashville Emergency Veterinarians
The Nashville Pet Emergency Clinic location at 12 South first opened in 1976 and is Nashville and Middle Tennessee’s original after-hours emergency veterinary hospital. It is also the flagship facility of our practice. Our other emergency vet clinics in Rivergate and Murfreesboro are open to serve the communities of Goodlettsville, Northern Nashville, and the Murfreesboro areas.
In addition to a highly knowledgeable and experienced veterinary staff, each of our practice locations has its own dedicated emergency veterinarians on hand to provide immediate treatment to pets in urgent and critical condition. The core of our Nashville clinic’s animal care team consists of:
Ashley J. Smith, DVM, MS, RD, LDN
Dr. Ashley Smith is a 2000 graduate of the University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her rotating internship in small animal medicine and Surgery in 2001. Dr. Smith earned her Masters of Science in International Food Policy Development and Applied Nutrition from Tufts University, Boston MA in 2011 and completed an internship in Clinical Dietetics at the University of Houston in 2012. Dr. Smith has worked in academia, large referral practices and after hours emergency/ critical care hospitals. She has special interest in nutrition in the ICU patient and emergency critical care medicine. Born in Texas, Dr. Smith moved to the Nashville area in junior high. Her hobbies include: cooking and travel.
Beth Chapman, DVM
Dr. Beth Chapman grew up in Brentwood, TN where she was dedicated to sports and academics. She played soccer throughout her youth, which allowed her to accept a soccer scholarship to Iowa State University for her Bachelor Of Science in Animal Science. She then returned to her home state and completed her Veterinary degree from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. Upon graduation, she started her veterinary career in the Atlanta area, working for a small animal practice. She just relocated to the Nashville area and joined our professional staff at Nashville Pet Emergency Clinic in November 2012. She resides in Brentwood with her two dogs, Michael and Mica, and one cat, Roppy Toppy. In her spare time, she continues to live an active lifestyle, running with her dogs, enjoying CrossFit workouts, and playing soccer recreationally.
Suzanne Gibson, DVM
Dr. Gibson is a Murfreesboro native. She attended Cumberland University, where she graduated with honors with a Bachelor's of Science in Biology, and played college softball for the Lady Bulldogs. She completed her Master's degree in Agricultural/Animal Science from Tennessee State University, and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Tennessee in 2003. After graduating from veterinary school, she moved to Florida, and worked in a mixed animal hospital for a year. In 2004, she returned home to middle Tennessee, and practiced emergency medicine for nine years at Animal Medical Center. In 2013, she practiced in Mt. Juliet at Providence Animal Hospital, but missed the challenge and excitement of emergency medicine and joined Murfreesboro Pet Emergency in July 2014. Dr. Gibson's professional interests include toxicology and pain management. Dr. Gibson has 3 boxers that she adores; Cracker Jack, Graham, and Rocco are all rescues that love squeaky toys and playing fetch. In her free time, Dr. Gibson enjoys working on her farm and traveling. Additionally, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and is an avid sports fan that loves cheering on the University of Tennessee (especially the Lady Vols!)
Nick Kirk, DVM
Dr. Nick Kirk grew up in the Nashville area, and graduated from Belmont University in 2012 with a degree in Biology. He received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Tennessee in 2016. During vet school, Dr. Kirk spoke at the national exotics conference after being selected as the 2015 Student Manuscript Competition winner for his research on avian euthanasia. He also received the Association of Avian Veterinarians scholarship award to work in an all avian clinic in California in 2016. In 2013, he worked in Thailand with the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation caring for rescued elephants and helping with positive reinforcement training. Dr. Kirk's interests include avian and exotic medicine, emergency medicine and surgery, as well as behavior.
At Belmont, Dr. Kirk was the soloist and section leader of Jazz Band I, and continues to play trumpet during his down time. He shares his home with his girlfriend, an amazon parrot named Billy Rubin, and their cat Pepper.
April Williams, DVM
Dr. April Williams earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2010 from Texas A&M University of Veterinary Medicine. She received her Bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University in 2006. Her first seven years of practice were with the US Army. She deployed to Afghanistan in 2014. Her primary interests are emergency and trauma medicine. Dr. Williams enjoys working out and spending time with her dog and fiancé.