Barbra Karner, VMD
Dr. Karner grew up in Hopewell, but has lived and worked in the Butler area since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. She was in equine practice for 3 years. Shortly before having her first son, she entered small animal practice where she remained for 7 years. In 2008, Dr. Karner accepted the Medical Director position at the Vet Tech Institute in Pittsburgh. She directed this program for 6-1/2 years. Aside from general administration duties, her responsibilities included caring for a large number of dogs, cats, rabbits, farm animals and rodents. She instructed numerous courses, including both small and large animal surgery and medicine. Upon leaving the Vet Tech Institute, Dr. Karner joined a home euthanasia service for pets of all types. She feels that humane, dignified treatment of dying pets is sometimes overlooked in veterinary medicine and at home care during this time is best for the pet and the family. Dr. Karner continues to provide in home euthanasia services, but wanted to offer more for her clients. With much encouragement from family and friends, she made the decision in 2015 to open Muddy Creek Animal Clinic, LLC.
Outside of the office, Dr. Karner has been the volunteer Coordinator for the Butler County Animal Response Team since 2009 and an active member since 2007. She is a volunteer member and k-9 handler with Canine Aided Emergency Search and Rescue team. She and her Rhodesian Ridgeback, Epi, earned their trailing certification in 2014 as members of the International Police Work Dog Association. She is also a member of Meridian United Presbyterian Church.
At home, Dr. Karner lives with her husband, Tim, 3 sons and 1 daughter. The family shares their 6 acre farm with one horse, 2 cows, 8 chickens, 2 rabbits, 4 dogs, 2 cats, one frog and numerous fish. If she ever has free time, she likes to walk her dog and ride her bike.
Veterinarian - Abigail Davidson, DVM
Dr. Abigail Davidson grew up in Ellwood City, PA and decided to pursue her professional education in the veterinary sciences - an endeavor that took her far from home. In June of 2016, Dr. Davidson graduated from Ross University on the island of St. Kitts in the Southern Caribbean and completed her final clinical year in Dublin, Ireland. It comes as no surprise she has a passion for traveling! Dr. Davidson is happily looking for a permanent place to settle back home now where she lives with her Caribbean special needs dog, Stella; a 3-legged rescue dog, Rhys; one Dove and her 13 cats! Dr. Davidson is proudly accepting she is and always will be one crazy cat lady. Due to her love for felines, she takes a special interest in feline medicine. She also plans to further her knowledge in geriatrics, hospice and home care.
Head Technician- Theresa Cuffin, CVT
Theresa has been with us since she graduated at the top of her class from the Vet Tech Institute in Pittsburgh, December 2015. Theresa lives in Volant with her family, dogs, horses, cats and rabbits. She really enjoys working in surgery and helping people with new pets. Theresa passed the national board exam in March of 2016. This is a very difficult exam which she passed on the first attempt! She is licensed by the state of PA as a Certified Veterinary Technician.
Veterinary Assistant, Kayla Frederick
Kayla earned her Bachelor's Degree and has experience in the veterinary field including a variety of exotic animals. Our clients appreciate her kind handling skills and calm manners. She currently has one dog of her own, a golden doodle named Koda. She enjoys working with animals, helping people and planning her 2019 wedding.
Administrative Assistant, Dawn Smith, AVA
Dawn Smith is our Administrative Assistant and the helpful voice you will hear on the phone. She lives in Slippery Rock with her husband, dogs, cats, horses, chickens and parrot. Dawn is extremely well organized and keeps our office running smoothly, we would be lost without her! She recently completed a veterinary assistant course and has earned her AVA designation.
Receptionist, Serena Johnston
Serena has recently joined our team and we are so happy to have her! Serena provides reception as well as grooming services for our patients. She has a kind and friendly way of giving excellent service. Additionally, she has over 20 years of experience in the veterinary office.
Technician, Jennah Morrow, CVT
Jennah is a graduate of the Vet Tech Institute in Pittsburgh, and is the newest member of our growing team. Jennah enjoys working with animals and is an avid outdoors-woman. Additionally, Jennah has recently passed her CVT test and is licensed, Certified Veterinary Technician in Pennsylvania! Be sure to welcome her when you see her around the office.
Receptionist, Amanda Cuffin
Amanda is our scheduling receptionist and is often the friendly voice you hear when you call the office. We are grateful to have her join our team. Amanda enjoys knitting/crocheting beautiful creations when she is not helping us provide excellent care to the pets in our community. She is also a fan of The Office, and can quote the best lines!