Dr. Mason Chandler, DVM
Dr. Chandler came to Montgomery after accepting an associate’s position at Golden Animal Hospital – East in May of 2015. He is an active member of his church, a music enthusiast, enjoys sports, an exercise buff, and an avid Auburn football fan. Though he began his career at Golden Animal Hospital – East without the love a four-legged family member, his heart was soon stolen by a Chihuahua named Tank and a Tabby cat named Sadie. He currently lives in Pike Road with his fur children.
Dr. Mason Chandler was born and raised in Birmingham. Born with a love for animals and a never-ending curiosity about medicine, he decided to combine the two interests and in the winter of 2010, he received his Bachelors of Science degree in Animal Sciences from Auburn University and in May of 2015 went on to receive his doctoral degree from the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. His professional interests include soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, cardiology, and client education.
CJ Sims, Accounting Manager/Veterinary Assistant
CJ was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama. Prior to joining the Golden Animal Hospital team in March 2012 as a veterinary assistant, CJ trained and worked as professional pet groomer. Since joining the team, CJ has been present at both locations as both a veterinary assistant and a pet groomer as needed. She received her B.S. degree in Biology in May 2015 from Auburn University at Montgomery. In March 2016, CJ accepted a job offer from the United States Department of Agriculture, but still continued to work part-time at Golden Animal Hospital. In September 2016, CJ returned full-time to Golden Animal Hospital as the bookkeeper. CJ has decided her true passion lies in veterinary medicine and she plans to apply to vet school in the near future. She currently resides in Hope Hull, Alabama with her husband, Tedi Grace (Shetland sheepdog), Niguel (Pembroke Welsh Corgi), and their six rescue cats. CJ is also an avid horsewoman and enjoys riding and showing their many Quarter Horses.
Amber Viox, Office Manager
Amber’s father was in the military so she moved around some when she was younger. She was born in Mississippi, spent 12 years in Tucson, AZ and moved to Montgomery, AL when she was a senior in high-school. After graduating from Montgomery Catholic, she attended Auburn University of Montgomery where she received her B.S. in Biology. While going to college, she worked full time at Golden Animal Hospital’s Eastchase location for five years as a veterinary assistant. Shortly after graduating she moved to Wilmington, NC with her husband and after 9 months decided to move back home. She started working at Golden Animal Hospital again and could not be happier working at such a phenomenal place and with an amazing staff. Amber has recently been named Office Manager of the Atlanta Highway location.
Veterinary medicine is Amber’s passion and she could not imagine working in any other field. She plans on attending Jefferson State’s Veterinary Technology program in the spring of 2017 so that she can become a licensed vet tech. She loves emergency medicine and rehabilitation. She has over 9 months experience working in an emergency clinic and has also received certification for class IV K-lasers. She continues to strive to advance her skills and knowledge in this field. Outside of work she loves being outdoors and doing activities such as swimming, jogging, hiking and spending time with her family. She has a 7 year old husky named Natty, a 5 year old papillon named Caleb, and a 4 year old tabby cat named Uno.
Aveila Stewart, Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant
This is Avelia and she is currently a receptionist and veterinary assistant at out Atlanta Hwy location. She was born in Enterprise, AL and moved to Montgomery in 2006. She started volunteering throughout high school at local veterinary clinics and received a position to work at one when she graduated. She works full time with Golden Animal Hospital while attending Auburn University in Montgomery.
Avelia is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science GIS (Geographic Information Systems). However, she plans to attend Jefferson State, in the spring of 2017, to work on her certification in Veterinary Technology. Later, she plans to finish her studies at AUM to receive her bachelor’s degree.
Avelia currently owns a cat and two dogs. Her cat’s name is Diesel and he is a black Tabby mix. Her dog, Shyla, is a Chinese Shar Pei mix that’s a true “momma’s girl” and she was rescued from the Montgomery Humane Shelter. Lilly, her other dog (in the picture), is an English Pointer who is a ball of energy and loves to hunt Quail.
While Avelia isn’t working or studying, she enjoys spending time with her friends & family, traveling, outdoor activities, and spoiling her pets.
Elizabeth Vazquez, Reception
Born and raised in Montgomery, Al … Elizabeth is fairly new to the Golden Animal Hospital family. She loves bouncing around to each position at the clinic, from receptionist to technician assistant, from technician assistant to kennel. She has two fur babies named Nikki and Wilson. This fall she is starting school to become a licensed Real Estate Agent. Outside of work Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and watching Auburn football! WAR EAGLE!”