Dr. John Mullins

Dr. John Mullins is a Tennessee native, who grew up working on a farm. The Mullins family farm raised beef cattle and grew hay. He was a day student at the University of the South (Sewanee), where he attended classes during the mornings, have labs during the afternoon, and then go home to take care of the farm in the evening, holidays, and summers. He graduated with departmental honors from Sewanee, where he was a member of the Order of the Gownsmen, and then attended the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in Knoxville; he graduated second in his class.

He worked two years in a village with farmers in Burkina Faso, West Africa, where his patients included draft oxen, horses, donkeys, cattle, sheep, and goats. Upon his return to his home town of Winchester, Tennessee, he was an associate veterinary and then later owner of the Animal Care Center of Franklin County – a mixed animal practice. The patient list included the following: dogs, cats, dairy cattle, beef cattle, horses, and birds. One client at this practice had a large collection of exotic animal, which included camels, guanaco, blecbok, red pandas, Siberian Lynx, Damara’s zebra, kulan, ostrickes, emus, rheas, cassowaries, Sarus cranes, demoiselle cranes, crowned cranes, water buffalo, wild boar, sika deer, gaur, and Poitou asses. During this time, he assisted with a successful artificial insemination of a clouded leopard at the Nashville Zoo. He was also veterinarian for the University of the South Equestrian Team.

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He sold his practice in 2001 and worked an assortment of jobs, including: on His Majesty’s service, in Britain, working against Foot and Mouth Disease; with the United States Department of Agriculture in California against Newcastle Disease; several years in different emergency rooms; and for the West Georgia Spay Neuter Clinic.

In 2005, he was deployed for six weeks with the National Veterinary Assistance Team (NVRT) to South Mississippi, when Hurricane Katrina struck and then again in 2012 to New York for two weeks after Hurricane Sandy. He is an active member of the Hamilton County Disaster Animal Response Team (DART), with which he worked in Apison after the 2011 tornadoes.

He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, a few include: United States Department of Agriculture Group Honor Award for Excellence, Certificate of Outstanding Achievement from the American Veterinary Medical Association, Plaque of Appreciation from the Exotic Newcastle Disease Task Force; Special Service Award from the Association of Avian Veterinarians, Outstanding Volunteer Service from the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, Honorary Chapter Framer of the Future Farmers of America; plaque of appreciation from the Franklin County Livestock Association, letter of commendation from the United States Department of Agriculture Chief of Emergency Programs, letter of commendation from the Humane Society of the United States, letter of commendation from the Deputy Administrator Veterinary Services, latter of appreciation from the Association of Avian Veterinarians for speaking at the national convention; and award of appreciation from the Tennessee Baptist Convention for his work in Burkina Faso. He has coauthored an article in the Journal of the Association of Avian Veterinarians.

His community activated include being past president of the Ooltewah Council of the Chamber of Commerce, secretary of the Tennessee Valley Bonsai Society, member of the Hamilton County Disaster Animal Response Team, member of the National Veterinary Response Team, and member of Saint Francis Episcopal Church. He has studied gardening in Kyoto, Japan. His interests are bonsai, hiking, biking, and swimming.

One fun fact: he rode his horse to high school at Franklin County High School.



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Chandra has worked as the Animal Care Center of Ooltewah’s receptionist since 2015. She is a current student at Chattanooga State Community College and her family has two adorable schnauzers.


Licensed Technician

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Hope has been working with Dr. Mullins since 2014. She graduated from the Chattanooga State Veterinary Technician Program in 2016 and received her license that same year. Her life outside the clinic revolves around catering to her two Boston terrier mutts.


Veterinary Assistant

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Sufia is known by many of our clients as Sophie and has been a member of the Animal Care Center team since late 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Technical Theatre, and then decided after graduation to pursue science and cute animals! She has two “brats”, also known as her cats. Oni is her twelve year old tuxedo Maine Coon mix and Artemis is her two year old (adopted) solid white domestic shorthair. She and her husband, Nick, enjoy gardening , hiking, and other outdoor activities.