Dr. Natalie McLaughlin
Natalie McLaughlin is the product of a military family and has enjoyed living in many places. She finished high school in Virginia Beach and graduated from Virginia Tech in 1995. She earned her veterinary degree from VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. She served as the head veterinarian for the Roanoke Wildlife Rescue for 9 years. Currently, she is the co-owner of Big Lick Animal Hospital and works part-time as veterinarian. Natalie loves veterinary behavior. She lives in the Cave Spring area with her husband Doug, three children, 3 dogs and 3 cats. Her outside interests include riding her beloved horse, Crossfit, hanging out with her dogs and all things related to her kids.
Dr. Jonathan Amos, CCRP
Full-time veterinarian and co-owner of Big Lick Vet, Jonathan Amos is a native of the Roanoke Valley graduating from Cave Spring High School and Virginia Tech. He earned his veterinary degree from the VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. In 2007, he graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner. Jonathan is currently the only one in Roanoke County with this degree. Furthermore, he served as President to the Roanoke Valley Veterinary Association during the term years 2007 -2009. His veterinary passions include canine rehabilitation and diagnostic ultrasound. He is glad to be back in the Roanoke Valley and practicing veterinary medicine. He lives in the Cave Spring area with his wife Amanda and their two kids, and several pets including two dogs, two cats, two goats, and a flock of chickens on Big Lick Farm. His personal interests include Hokie football, Crossfit, and spending time with his family.
Dr. Erin Sheppard
Erin Sheppard joined Big Lick Vet in the Summer of 2017 and has been practicing veterinary medicine in the Roanoke Valley area for over five years. She earned her Bachelors degree in Biology from the University of Central Arkansas, where she graduated Cum Laude. From there she attended Michigan State University, where she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. Since then she has been practicing small animal medicine in North Carolina and in South Carolina before finally settling with her family in Roanoke, Virginia. Her areas of special interest include diagnostic ultrasound as well as dermatology, although she enjoys most aspects of medicine. Erin is married to local pediatric dentist Dr. Corey Sheppard. The couple has 3 children and one dog. In her spare time Erin enjoys spending time at the lake, hiking, camping, running, gardening, and anything that allows her to relax with her family.
Dr. Laura Nelson
Dr. Laura Nelson is a native of Charlottesville and holds a BS from Virginia Tech in Biology. She is a 1985 graduate of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She has practiced in the Roanoke area for more than 20 years. Dr. Nelson has continued her education in the areas of surgery, ultrasound and echocardiography. Dr. Nelson joined the Big Lick staff in the fall of 2006 as a part-time veterinarian. She has a special interest in ultrasound diagnostics, cats, surgery, and small mammals such as rabbits and other pocket pets. She lives in the NRV with her daughter and 6 horses, 5 cats, 2 dogs, 2 turtles, 2 eleven year old fire belly toads and a variety of fish! In her free time she competes in the equestrian discipline of dressage.
Beth: Office Manager
Beth is proud to be a member of the Big Lick Veterinary Team. She has been in the Veterinary field for a total of 14 years and at Big Lick since 2008. Also, she has over 44 years of bookkeeping experience. This allows her to serve our team as office manager. But she has also been known to stand in as a receptionist, help in x-ray and surgery, do laundry, answer the phone, and to babysit a pet in her office. She lives in SW county with her husband Doug and her pet, Gracie – a rescued Sheltie. They also have four children, 2 grandchildren, and eight granddogs! Beth’s hobbies include gourmet cooking, home decorating, gardening and reading.
Melody P: Licensed Veterinary Technician
Melody has been with Big Lick Vet since 2005. She has recently completed her training to become a licensed veterinary technician. In addition to the clinic mascot Choopa, Melody’s Japanese Chin, Sake-Sushi, now gets to spend his days sleeping in the reception area. When not at work she enjoys painting, running and is an excellent CrossFit athlete. She continually takes continuing education to expand her knowledge base. Likewise she enjoys rescuing and fostering to expand her menagerie of animals.
Sheri: Veterinary Assistant
Sheri has worked at Big Lick Vet since 2006. She has also work in emergency veterinary medicine at EVS for 19 years and has worked in veterinary medicine most of her life. Her animals consist of three dogs (Baron, Louise, and Buddy), four cats (Punkie, Bill, Dobbi, and Cindy Lee Crawford – fashion model extraordinaire), two tortoises (Harriet and Franklin), two horses (Cierra and Storm), a super sweet cockatiel named Windy, and a very patient husband, Richard. In her spare time, she enjoys yard work, gardening, and classic cars. Her extensive experience makes her a great addition to our Big Lick family, as well as for the health of our patients.
Kim H: Veterinary Assistant
Kim joined the Big Lick team in 2012. She has an Associate of Science degree from Virginia Western Community College and a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Concentration in Information Analysis from Roanoke College. At home, Kim has three cats (Gypsy, Lulu, and Tomato) and seven betta fish (Pico, Smalls, Laz, Punch, Fizz, Obi, and Stark), as well as several aquatic snails and shrimp. When she’s not working at the clinic, she enjoys reading, writing, keeping up with current events and social issues, volunteering, and aquascaping. Kim also has a special place in her heart for senior pets in need and hopes to adopt another senior dog someday soon.
Cheryl: Veterinary Assistant
Cheryl joined the Big Lick family in 2012. She has been a veterinary assistant for about 18 years. She lives in Franklin county with her husband and three sons. Her furbabies at home include six dogs, four cats, and too many chickens to count! Her grooming expertise and experience in the veterinary field makes her a great addition to our team.
Stephanie: Veterinary Assistant
Stephanie joined the Big Lick team in 2015. She earned her BS in Biology from Harding University in 2006 and has 9 years of experience. She enjoys training and competing in dog sports, as well as participating in dog shows. Her pets include 7 dogs, 2 cats, 1 tortoise and a yard full of chickens.
Cindy: Veterinary Assistant
Cindy joined the Big Lick team in 2011. She got a business degree from Radford in 2001 and her RTR (Registered Technician, Radiology) from Western Community College in 2010. Her furbabies include dogs, cats and numerous horses. She enjoys horseback riding, skiing, gardening, and volunteers at the pound as a dog walker. Cindy brings her expertise in radiology to help benefit the clinic and our patients.
Melody M: Veterinary Assistant
Melody is one of the newest members of the Big Lick family, joining us April 2016. She has her degree in Massage Therapy and is working towards becoming a certified vet tech and getting her certifications in animal massage. Prior to coming to Big Lick she worked on a dairy farm in Franklin County. She has been in the vet world her entire life. She has 2 little Chihuahuas named, Tito and Shauna, and 3 cats named, Lana Binx, Kalhua, and Natasha. In her spare time she enjoys music festivals, fire spinning, and works on the local food truck called “Wake & Bacon”. .
Celeste: Veterinary Assistant
Celeste is one of the newest members of our Big Lick family. She has always had a love for all animals. Celeste has a special affection for all sight hounds. She used to volunteer with the Mid-Atlantic Italian Greyhound Rescue. She worked in advertising until about 6 years ago when she decided to change careers. She lives with 2 Italian Greyhounds, 1 Pit Bull, 2 cats, 8 chickens, and 1 Betta fish. When not at work she enjoys stand up paddle boarding, bonsai, hiking, and fire breathing.
Jacob: Veterinary Assistant
Jacob has shadowed in our office since October 2016 and officially became a member of the Big Lick family in August 2017. He has had a passion for animals since a very young age and aspires to continue his education in the field of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech upon graduating high school. His family shares his devotion for the wellbeing of animals with focus in animal rescue and collectively they have four dogs (Patches, Freckles, Sadie, and Koa), a horse (Little Girl), and a number of lucky barn cats. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, hiking and enjoying the outdoors as well as watching football.
Kim R: Receptionist
Kim is new to veterinary medicine but really loves meeting and getting to know all the clients and animals. She is married with 3 children and has 3 cats, 2 dogs and 1 guinea pig (all rescues!). Her hobbies outside of work are reading, watching football and spending time with her family.
Lyndsey joined the Big Lick family in October 2016. She has 6 years experience in the Veterinary field, but her love for animals started at a very young age. She has one calico cat named IdaMae, who she rescued in December 2012. She is very active at her church, where she is a deacon and a member of the choir. Some of Lyndsey’s passions are singing, trivia, and watching sports. (Go Hokies! Go Steelers!) She also enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and attending music festivals.
Grace – Receptionist
Grace Holley is a new addition, joining the Big Lick Vet team in the summer of 2017. Grace has been a long time resident of the Cave Spring area but is totally new to veterinary medicine. She loves both people and animals, as well as being outdoors and at the beach. She spends most of her time with friends and family, whether it’s with her three brothers and her rescue pup, Coach, or fostering other animals in need. She can’t wait to add other furry friends to the family and is looking forward to learning more about veterinary medicine.
Emma – Groomer
Emma joined the Big Lick Vet team in September 2017 as our groomer. She has been interested in grooming for four years and through much practice and experience, as well as learning under the direction of a professional groomer, she has honed her skills. Her favorite type of dog to groom is any kind of Doodle! Emma is from the Roanoke Valley and a graduate of Cave Spring High School. She is a wife, as well as a mother to her precious 3 year old daughter Sadie. At home, she has a Cockapoo named Hallie and is hoping to add another furry family member soon. Emma loves going to the beach, shopping, and spending time with her family.