Meet the Veterinary Staff at our East Memphis TN Animal Hospital
Apryl A. Barton, DVM
Dr. Apryl Barton decided rather late in her undergraduate studies to become a veterinarian. “After working at a big cat sanctuary, a chimpanzee center, and the Columbus Zoo, I thought I wanted to study animal behavior and work with exotics. It dawned on me that a PhD program wouldn’t get me where I wanted to be, which was working to help pets have a better quality of life.” After deciding to go to vet school, she earned her DVM from the Ohio State University in 2009. Following graduation, Dr. Barton completed a small animal rotating internship at Louisiana State University. She is a member of the AVMA, OVMA, TVMA, and MSCVMA.
Dr. Barton has a very spoiled orange and white cat named Kael.
Katie L. Morrill, DVM
A childhood spent running, swimming and wrestling with her family’s many labs, golden retrievers, and siblings instilled Dr. Katie Morrill with a lifelong love of animals. “I am convinced that no better job than being a veterinarian exists.” Born and raised in Tennessee, she attended college at Princeton and earned her DVM from Tufts University. Dr. Morrill is a member of the TVMA, AVMA and MSCVMA and her particular areas of interest include dentistry and internal medicine.
At home, she enjoys the company of her husband, two young sons, and two crazy herding dogs who were last spotted stealing all the tennis balls out of the Shelby Farms ponds.
Sherrie O'Brien, DVM
Saving unwanted animals has always been a passion of Dr. Sherrie O'Brien. Some of those animals included snakes and turtles while she was growing up in South Florida. A graduate of the University of Tennessee College Of Veterinary Medicine, she is licensed in multiple states and is a member of AVMA, TVMA, MSCVMA, FVMA, and the HSVMA. From 2002 — 2013, Dr. O'Brien assumed the position as the sole practitioner of the "Cat Hospital of Memphis" the only exclusive feline practice in Memphis. During this time, she passionately sought to improve the welfare of indoor cats via environmental enrichment and litter box education. She also helped outdoor cats with trap, neuter, and release programs.
Her love of the profession, has allowed her to be the Council Chair of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Council. Married, and a mother of three; she currently is blessed with two dogs, three cats, two birds, a bearded dragon, and multiple aquariums full of fish. Her take home message: "Be passionate about what you do and compassionate to those around you!"
Amy Lear is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, CPDT-KA. She is a graduate of the University of Memphis where she received her Bachelor of Science degree and received her certification as a dog trainer from The Animal Behavior College. She has always had a passion for animals. Since 2009, Amy has started her own business, PALS Dog Training. Amy is a proud member of APDT, Community Animal Response Team, Animal Behavior College mentor trainer and is an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator. Amy volunteers her services with Memphis Area Golden Retriever Rescue (MAGRR) and the Collierville Animal Shelter. She and her husband have 2 sons, 2 rescued Golden Retrievers from MAGRR named Beau and Indiana that help her with behavior assessments.