Dr. Mickey J. Golden, DVM
Dr. Golden was born and raised in Tallassee, Alabama, just a short distance from Montgomery. He grew up on what he describes as an “Old MacDonald Farm,” almost identical to the popular children’s song. And as the song goes, on this farm he had cows, pigs, goats, turkeys, chickens, quail, ducks, geese, rabbits, and guinea fowl, but only a single horse named Sugar. One of his earliest memories is of helping raise an orphan calf named Betsy after finding her standing close to her deceased mother who had been struck by lightning. As he got older, he would often need to help baby calves, baby goats, and baby chickens get back on their feet and on their way to being well. It was at this time he realized and began to strengthen the love of caring and helping animals who were ill or injured. As he was growing up, Dr. Golden’s fondest “patients” and pets were: Sweetheart, a Dachshund mix; Little Bit, a Pomeranian-like stray who adopted the Golden family; Shep, one of the most wonderful German Shepherds to ever live; and Helmut, a German Shepherd who showed unending loyalty and devotion to Dr. Golden and his family.
Dr. Golden attended Reeltown schools from first grade until high school. In 1979, he received his Bachelors in Animal and Dairy Sciences and then his doctorate of veterinary medicine in 1983 at Auburn University. Dr. Golden initially practiced with Dr. Ken Johnson in Lilburn Georgia at Beaver Ruin Road Veterinary Clinic. But he couldn’t stay away from Alabama for long, and soon returned to practice with Dr. Robert Parker at the Ark Animal Clinic in Millbrook, Alabama and Dr. U.D. Sharma at Wares Ferry Road Animal Clinic. In 1985, Dr. Golden opened Carrville Animal Clinic in Tallassee, Alabama and practiced there for six years until the re-location of his practice to Golden Animal Hospital in Montgomery in 1991. In 2007, Dr. Golden opened a second location, Golden Animal Hospital East in the EastChase Shopping Center.
Dr. Golden and his wife, Terri, live in the Pike Road Community and they have four wonderful children. They enjoy attending Eastern Hills Baptist Church. Their family pets include two toy poodles – Lolly and Paco. Both Lolly and Paco ardently compete with one another to garner the family’s loving attention. When asked for his view on his profession and career, Dr. Golden’s words were “I love doing what I do.”
Jamie Hornsby, LVT: Office Manager
Jamie was born and raised in the Birmingham area and started as a kennel volunteer when she was 12 years old and worked at several practices throughout high school. She graduated from Auburn University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies and following graduation, she taught pre-kindergarten in Atlanta, Georgia. After four years, she and her husband moved back home to Alabama. Rather than going back to teaching, she decided that her passion was still in the field of veterinary medicine.
Jamie joined the Golden Animal Hospital staff in August of 2008 and with her work ethic and dedication to the patients she was given the position of lead technician at the Eastchase office in 2013 and was promoted to office manager in May of 2015. Her medical interests include emergency medicine and general surgery but she is passionate about the overall care of all her patients.
In August of 2016, Jamie completed her Associates of Science degree in Veterinary Technology and passed both a national and state level exam to earn her license to practice Veterinary Technology.
When she is not working, Jamie enjoys pet-rescue, spending time with her family and friends, reading, and singing and is an avid Auburn football fan. She currently resides in Tallassee with her husband, David, and their four fur children; Tucker, a husky/shepherd mix; Ozzie, a blue heeler mix; Rudy, a “we don’t know” mix; and Duncan, a Bernese mountain dog.
Michelle Blair, Lead Groomer
Michelle was born and raised in Montgomery County. She began her career at Golden Animal Hospital in May 2007 while the hospital was temporarily located at the Montgomery Humane Society due to a tragic fire at the original Atlanta Highway Hospital. She was instrumental in helping get the Atlanta Highway Hospital back on its feet by serving as a receptionist. In October of 2010, she made the move to the Eastchase location where she was promoted to office manager. Since that time, Michelle has worn many hats – training many
In 2014 Michelle became interested in furthering her knowledge of animal care and upkeep, and she began learning about pet grooming. After several months of practice and encouragement from Dr. Golden and the staff, she was named the lead groomer at the Eastchase location where she enjoys beautifying all the precious fur babies that come to see her.
Michelle currently resides in Wetumpka with her fiancé, DJ, her family and her fur children: Gizmo, a Yorkshire terrier; Rocky, a Great Dane; Deuce, a Pit Bull mix and Tinkerbell, a (chubby!) Miniature Pincher.
Audrey Barnes, Receptionist
Audrey was born and raised in Montgomery. She’s always had a great love of animals, in particular puppies and kittens! She can always be counted on to give extra love to the younger patients and will always come to visit them in the technical area when they come for services. Audrey became a Golden Animal Hospital – East team member in November of 2015 as a receptionist with fellow team member, Taylor. In May of 2013, she graduated from Troy University with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Audrey has two fur babies which she shares with her father and sister – Rockie, a Labrador retriever mix and Brady, a miniature dachshund. She is a devout church member and often enjoys participating in church productions. She also enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband, James, and her family
Casey Starke, Veterinary Assistant/Inventory Manager
Casey was born in Houston, Texas but grew up in Montgomery. Growing up, there was never a time that she didn’t have a pet of some shape or form – she’s played pet-parent to dogs, cats, fish, mice, guinea pigs, and hamsters. Looking to further her knowledge, she joined the Golden Animal Hospital – East team in March of 2012 as a kennel technician and she hasn’t stopped since. Now, she is the inventory manager at the East location and rotates between duties, being a “jack-of-all-trades” whenever and wherever needed.
In May of 2017, Casey will graduate from Auburn University at Montgomery with her Bachelors of Science in Microbiology and Public Health. She enjoys emergency medicine and has worked under Drs. Laura Rider and Madan Vig at the Animal Emergency Clinic of Montgomery until its closing in early 2015; she also serves as the after-hours on-call technician for Drs. Mason Chandler and Lindsay Livingston. Her professional interests include parasitology, histopathology, and internal medicine.
With her younger sister, Shannon, and mother, Michaela, the Starke clan call Montgomery home and proudly claim seven fur children: a Labrador retriever, Raven; a miniature dachshund, Nїxie; a toy poodle, Theo; an American cocker spaniel, Sully; and three Chihuahuas – Mims (a Golden Animal Hospital – East rescue pup!), Joey, and Coffey. While not at work, Casey enjoys reading, writing, cooking, and binge watching Netflix!
Joy Deaile, Veterinary Assistant
Joy grew up in a military family and has spent her life being able to travel from state to state. Her family finally settled down in Alabama. Since then she has graduated high school, and is now attending Auburn University in Montgomery. She is currently working on getting her Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a concentration in Pre-Health Science. After her undergraduate degree, Joy plans on attending graduate school to obtain her Doctoral of Veterinary Medicine degree.
Joy became a part of the Golden Animal Hospital – East staff in March of 2015. She began as one of the kennel technicians. She spent her time loving on and taking care of all the little fur babies that came in. She now works as a veterinary assistant. She spends her free time volunteering at the Alabama Wildlife Center and playing with her three dogs – Deuce, a German shepherd mix and two Chihuahua/Jack Russell mixes: Bear and Dakota. Deuce, the newest member of her family, was a Golden Animal Hospital – East rescue pup.
Kayla Newman, Veterinary Assistant
Kayla was born and raised in the Reeltown area just outside of Tallassee, AL. She attended Reeltown High School where she graduated with an advanced diploma in 2012. From an early age, Kayla showed interest in the veterinary field. Therefore, after high school, she moved to Auburn and decided to pursue her dream to become a Veterinarian. In May 2016, she graduated Auburn University with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with a concentration in Pre-Veterinarian Medicine. She decided to continue her education at Tuskegee University where she received her Master’s degree in Veterinary Sciences in July 2017. During her time at Tuskegee University, Kayla’s research focus was Obesity and has published three research papers, one of which she was first author. Since graduation, Kayla has applied to various Veterinary Colleges and in hopes of obtaining a Doctoral of Veterinary Medicine degree.
Kayla joined the Golden Animal Hospital- East team in June 2017 where she serves as a Veterinary Assistant. Kayla loves her job and enjoys working with all the Golden Animal Hospital patients and their owners. In her free time, she enjoys crafts, reading, drag racing with her dad and brother, being with her friends and family, Alabama Football, and most importantly, playing with her fur babies. Kayla currently resides in Reeltown with her parents and her assorted pets- Sophie, a Yorkshire terrier; Dayze, a Labrador retriever; Emmie, a miniature Robo hamster; and Tyler, red eared slider turtle.
Allison Howard, Veterinary Assistant
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Jenelle Freitag, Kennel Technician
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Victoria Hill, Kennel Technician
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