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.
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.