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Dr. Holford

Amy L. Holford, VMD, DACVIM, Internal Medicine

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine - Community Practice and Small Animal Internal Medicine

Phone: 865-974-8387
Email: aholford@utk.edu


Dr. Holford is originally from Pennsylvania and graduated from veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania in May of 2000. She then completed a small animal rotating internship followed by an internal medicine internship at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. After the internship, Dr. Holford was an internal medicine resident at the University of Tennessee from 2002-2005. Upon completion of her residency, Dr. Holford remained on staff at the veterinary school as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine. From 2006-2009, Dr. Holford fulfilled her internal medicine duties by spending half of her time at the veterinary school and the other half at the Regional Institute for Veterinary Emergencies and Referrals (RIVER), a specialty clinic in Chattanooga, TN. In the summer of 2009, the Community Practice opened at UTCVM and Dr. Holford has been spending most of her time there ever since! Dr. Holford also has some teaching responsibilities in the first year Physical Diagnosis lectures and laboratories. Dr. Holfordís veterinary interests are geriatric medicine, endocrine diseases, and client communication. When not at UTCVM, Dr. Holford may be found with her herd of small white dogs, out at a local restaurant, theater, or the spa!

Dr. Holford thoroughly enjoys teaching the students clinical and communication skills to prepare them for the real world and emphasizing how important it is to honor the human animal bond.


Beth M. Johnson, DVM, DACVIM, Internal Medicine

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine Ė Community Practice and Small Animal Internal Medicine

Phone: 865-974-8387
Email: bethjohnson@utk.edu


Dr. Johnson hails from IN, where she attended veterinary school at Purdue University. Dr. Johnson grew up with several dogs, cats and a horse, but she decided to become a veterinarian after raising her first pig for the 4-H fair. Veterinary school provided new adventures, and she explored wildlife medicine. Following graduation from Purdue in 2003, Dr. Johnson completed a wildlife rehabilitation internship at C.R.O.W on Sanibel Island in Florida. While she loved the mission of wildlife rehabilitation and the patients, she missed working with her patientsí people and she was eager to practice more advanced medicine. She pursued a small animal rotating internship at the Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Norwalk, CT from 2003-2004, where she discovered her passion for small animal internal medicine. After her internship, she proceeded to a residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Tennessee from 2005-2008. Following completion of her residency, she remained at the University of Tennessee as a Clinical Assistant Professor of small animal internal medicine.

Dr. Johnsonís veterinary interests include endocrine diseases, urinary diseases and client and student education. When not at UTCVM, Dr. Johnson may be found hiking with her herd of large black dogs, running in preparation for her first marathon or relaxing, eating and shopping with friends.

Dr. Johnson is very excited to combine her love of medicine and her enthusiasm for building effective communication skills with her passion for teaching. She canít wait to be part of the team that gets to train veterinary students first hand for what they will see and do in every day practice.


Sabrina C. Klepper, LVMT












Sabrina is from Greeneville, TN and graduated from Walters State Community College in Morristown, TN with an A.S. in Pre-Veterinary Medicine. Afterwards, she transferred to The University of Tennessee, Knoxville to pursue a B.A. in Animal Science/Science Technology. During this time, she worked as a vet assistant at The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in oncology, dermatology, and ophthalmology and surgery. After receiving her Veterinary Technician Degree from St. Petersburg College in FL, she obtained her Veterinary Technician License in 2009.


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