Dr. Natalie McLaughlin
Dr. Natalie McLaughlin – Big Lick Veterinary Services – Roanoke, VANatalie 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 a veterinarian. Natalie loves veterinary behavior.
She lives in the Cave Spring area with her husband Doug, three children, three dogs, six cats, and two horses. Her outside interests include riding her horses, 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, surgery, 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, three goats, many fish, 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’s 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. She then went on to practice small animal medicine in North Carolina and 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 three dogs. 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
Laura Nelson is a native of Charlottesville and holds a BS from Virginia Tech in Biology. She is a 1985 graduate of the VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She has practiced in the Roanoke area for more than 30 years. Dr. Nelson has continued her education in the areas of surgery, ultrasound, and echocardiography. Dr. Nelson joined the Big Lick Vet staff in the fall of 2006 as a part-time veterinarian. She also works part-time in the New River Valley. 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 and has six horses, four cats, and two dogs. In her free time, she competes in the equestrian discipline of dressage.
Kim joined the Big Lick Vet family in 2012. She has an Associate of Science degree from Virginia Western Community College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a Concentration in Information Analysis from Roanoke College. Kim has been an animal lover from a young age and is grateful to have found a career that she is passionate about, finds rewarding, and allows her to work with animals.
She currently lives with her long-term partner, Kevin, and three cats: a tortie named Gypsy, a long-hair black cat named Lulu, and a chubby orange tabby named Tomato. She recently lost her beloved 3.5lb senior Chihuahua named Puppy. Kim has a special place in her heart for senior pets in need and hopes to adopt another senior dog soon. Outside of work, she enjoys fishkeeping, aquascaping her fish tanks, and spending time with friends and family.
Beth is proud to be a member of the Big Lick Veterinary Team. She has been in the veterinary field for a total of 17 years and has been at Big Lick since 2008. She also has over 48 years of bookkeeping experience that allows her to serve our team as our bookkeeper, but she is also happy to jump in and help wherever she’s needed.
She lives in SW Roanoke County with her husband Doug. Beth and her husband also have four children, 4 grandchildren, and five granddogs! Beth’s hobbies include gourmet cooking, home decorating, gardening, and reading.
Licensed Veterinary Technician
Melody has been with Big Lick Vet since 2005, the longest of any staff member. She attended Blue Ridge Community College and obtained her Associate of Animal Science in 2012. As a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT), she is an asset to the Big Lick Vet team and completes yearly continuing education courses to maintain her licensure and supplement her knowledge.
Melody’s Pit Bull Ham comes to work with her daily and provide much-needed love and emotional support to our team. When not at work Melody enjoys painting and running. She is also an excellent CrossFit athlete and is a CF-L1 certified trainer.
Licensed Veterinary Technician
After working in multiple pet shops and wildlife rehab, Jess started her journey into veterinary medicine in 2008. She decided to further her career to the next level and achieved her veterinary technician license in 2015. Jess’s passions lie in dentistry and cytology, and she has a special place in her heart for senior pets and pocket pets.
In her spare time, Jess enjoys hiking, kayaking, video games, and anime. She also loves spending time with her husband Ben and their dog, two cats, and multiple aquariums.
Sheri has worked at Big Lick Vet since 2006. She has worked in veterinary medicine for most of her life and most recently spent 19 years working in emergency veterinary medicine at EVS.
At home, Sheri has two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (Cadie, and Bane), three cats (Florence, Benny, and Cindy Lee Clawford – fashion model extraordinaire), two Sulcata tortoises (Harriet and Franklin), two horses (Cierra and Storm), a 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 team and she’s known by our clients and staff for how caring, kind, and empathetic she is.
Cheryl joined the Big Lick Vet team in 2012. She has been a veterinary assistant for over 20 years.
She lives in Franklin County with her three sons and has 3 cats (Baby Cat, Fivel, and Princess Kitty), 2 dogs (Puppy and Socks), and several fish in her koi pond. Cheryl also is a talented groomer and worked in grooming for many years, however, she now prefers the interaction with clients and patients that working as a veterinary assistant allows her. Her years of experience in the veterinary field make her a great addition to our team.
Stephanie joined the Big Lick Vet family in 2015. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Harding University in 2006 and came to us with nine years of experience working in veterinary medicine.
Stephanie enjoys training and competing in dog sports as well as participating in dog shows and breeding. She is particularly passionate about the Cane Corso, a large Italian breed of dog. Stephanie also has a 15-year-old, 40lb sulcata tortoise named Oliver at home.
Melody joined the Big Lick Vet family in 2016. She has a degree in Massage Therapy and prior to coming to Big Lick Vet, she worked on a dairy farm in Franklin County.
Her mother has worked in the veterinary field for many years and so Melody has been exposed to the profession for most of her life. At home, she has a Chihuahua named Shauna, a mixed-breed dog named Spud (who was a foster failure from the clinic), and 2 cats named Lana Binx and Kahlua. In her spare time, Melody enjoys kayaking and works on the local food truck called “Wake & Bacon”.
Jacob began shadowing the veterinarians in our office in 2016 and then became an official member of the Big Lick Vet family in 2017. He has had a passion for animals from a very young age. Jacob was homeschooled and after graduating high school he attended 3 semesters at Virginia Western Community College. Jacob plans on attending Blue Ridge Community College’s Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) program starting next May.
At home, he has a Boxer mix named Brie that he rescued. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys hiking, kayaking, CrossFit, and watching football.
Ava joined the Big Lick Vet team in 2021. She attends Cave Spring High School and loves working with her dad, Dr. Amos. Snuggling puppies and kittens are her favorite work tasks. She lives on Big Lick Farm and is always playing with their goats, cows, cats, and dog Daisy. In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball, watching Netflix, and hanging out with her friends. In the future, she hopes to find a career working with children.
Amber joined the Big Lick Vet team in 2019. She graduated in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Randolph College with minors in Equine Studies and History. Amber is also certified in Equine Massage and has been an equestrian for 17 years. She competes on the local and rated circuit with two of her horses. Amber is very familiar with the veterinary field as her mother has been a vet her entire life and Amber spent a lot of time learning the ropes from her mom while she was growing up.
At home, she has a pig named Dyson and two Frenchies named LouLou and Gronk. This is Amber’s first job since graduating college and she’s excited to get settled in, but when not working here at Big Lick Vet, she enjoys working with her horses.
Abigail joined the Big Lick Vet team in 2021. She has a Bachelors of Science and Zoology from Liberty University and aspires to attend the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine to achieve her life-long dream of becoming a Veterinarian. She would love to work as a Veterinarian in a third-world country some day to enhance the owner-pet bond.
When not working, Abigail enjoys spending time with her family and her Border Collie named Riley. She also enjoys reading. Her experience working in Customer Service makes her an asset to our team as she interacts with clients. Her favorite appointments are new puppy and kitten visits.
Luke joined the Big Lick team in 2021. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in medicine from James Madison University and aspires to attend Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine to achieve his newfound dream of becoming a Veterinarian. He would love to work as a Veterinarian in either a rescue zoo or animal sanctuary in the future.
He has always had pets growing up his whole life and currently has a Pug named Lily and a Shipoo named Chloe. In his spare time, Luke enjoys playing Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, and water sports.
Emily joined the Big Lick team in 2021. She graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice from UVA Wise in 2019 and came to Big Lick Vet with several years worth of experience working with animals.
She lives in Martinsville with her three dogs (Piper, a German Shepherd, Sadie, a German Shepherd/Great Dane mix, and Harper, a Pitbull/Lab mix) and two cats (Autumn and Ella). While she doesn’t currently own any horses, she’s always been a horse lover and enjoys riding when she’s not at work. In her spare time, she also enjoys reading and hiking in the mountains.
Lyndsey joined the Big Lick Vet family in 2016. She has many years of experience in the veterinary field and her love for all animals started at a very young age. At home, Lyndsey has two Calico cats (Ida and Kitten) and considers herself a bit of a “crazy cat lady”.
She is very active at her church, where she is a longtime member of the choir. Lyndsey is a huge sports fan – GO STEELERS! When she’s not working, she also enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching game shows, and attending Phish shows.
Carmen joined the Big Lick Vet family after moving to the Roanoke area in 2021. She has well over 10 years of experience working with animals, mostly in behavior, and is excited to use that experience to enhance our team.
Carmen chose to move to Roanoke after passing through and falling in love with the area. She came to Roanoke with her twelve-year-old Rat Terrier/Chihuahua mix Miguel Cabrera and her seven-year-old Bobtail cat King. She has lived in five different states and loves traveling. Carmen likes playing video games, discovering new restaurants in the downtown area (if you have any suggestions, make sure to let her know!), and is an avid lover of baseball. During the spring and summer, you can be sure to catch her at Salem Red Sox games.
Emma joined the Big Lick Vet family in September 2017 as our groomer. She took an interest in grooming as a teenager and through much practice and experience, as well as learning under the direction of a professional groomer, she honed her skills. Her favorite type of dog to groom is any kind of Doodle! Emma is froms the Roanoke Valley and is a graduate of Cave Spring High School. She is a wife and a mother to two children – her precious daughter Sadie and her sweet son Hayden.
At home, Emma has two Cockapoos, one named Hallie and another named Stella, and also has an orange tabby cat named Bing. When she’s not grooming, Emma loves traveling the East Coast and spending time with her family and friends.