Samantha Krinke
Samantha Krinke, Veterinary Assistant

Sam grew up on a farm and has had a love for animals all of her life. She has always had a passion for helping animals and has put that passion to work since joining our team in August 2009. Sam loves sharing her knowledge with clients and her co-workers. She also loves finding creative solutions to any problems. Her home is in Caldwell with her husband, 2 sons and pets.

Briana RatliffBriana Ratliff, Veterinary Assistant

Brianna joined our team in October 2016, when she moved back home after being stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas while her husband was in the military. They now live in Alderson with their 2 beautiful girls and 4 dogs and a cat. She is highly valued by the staff for her dedication and passionate love for veterinary medicine. She excels at giving our clients an unforgettable experience and the best care possible to their pets. Not only is she a hard worker, but her positive personality and humor maker her a great team member to work with.

Sarah Edmond

Sarah Edmond, Veterinary Assistant

Sarah joined the staff of Fairlea Animal Hospital in 2014, while still attending high school. She graduated West Virginia Wesleyan College in 2019 with a degree in Biology. She now attends Ohio State University where she will graduate in 2023 with a degree in Veterinary Medicine. Sarah does not hesitate to jump in and help where needed. She has a deep caring and compassion for our clients and their pets and will go above and beyond to make their visit memorable. Her fun loving personality and growing knowledge makes her accessible for any questions you may have concerning your pet’s care. She lives in Fairlea with her Brittany Spaniel, Libby.

Haley Hodges

Haley Hodges, Veterinary Assistant

Haley became involved in veterinary medicine while serving with the military, and joined our team in February 2018. She has always had a deep love for all animals and she feels that they are more than simply pets, they are a part of our families. Haley believes that the greatest reward of her job is improving the quality of life for our patients so that they may have more time with their families. She lives in Ballard with her husband, Kyle, daughter, Isabella and numerous pets. We all consider her to be a wonderful addition to our staff.


Debbie Mitchell, Veterinary Assistant

Debbie joined our team in July 2019. She is a NCSU graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. She is very passionate about animal health, wellness, and security. At one time Debbie was a volunteer for a hotline providing services and advice on helping injured wildlife. She has experience working with dogs, cats, wildlife and exotic pets such as reptiles, small mammals, and birds. You can frequently hear Debbie addressing the animals in our care as “friend”, and her love of all creatures is obvious in each interaction she has with them. She has a positive attitude that has made her very popular at Fairlea Animal Hospital. Debbie lives in Fairlea with her partner Conner and their three cats, Luigi, Gunner and Poppy.

Brittany Bevins, Veterinary Assistant


Brittany joined our team in August of 2019 as a kennel technician. Her work ethic had her quickly moving into a position as a veterinary
assistant, where she was trained to assist with appointments. Brittany’s newest role is learning to assist as a surgical/hospital technician, aiding with dental and surgical procedures and hospitalized cases. Her can do attitude and easy laugh have made her a favorite among client and staff alike. She lives in Quinwood with her dog Jack.

Kaelyn Shamblin, Veterinary Assistant


Kaelyn started at Fairlea Animal Hospital in July of 2020 as a kennel technician, following a recent move to the area from Point Pleasant. She is our newest team member to transition into a veterinary assistant role. Older than her years, her calm and cool demeanor is a great asset in our busy clinic. She lives with her fiancé Clint and their pets in Alderson.

kathyDustin Torrence, Kennel Assistant

Dustin grew up in Amissville, Va just outside of Shenandoah National Park. He studied Anthropology and Psychology at George Mason University. He began learning about veterinary medicine while working as a kennel assistant in Fairbanks, Alaska. Dustin has always had an interest in both animals and medicine and we were lucky to have him join our team in August 2020. He feels that it is most important to ease the stress of both pets and their parents by treating every animal that stays at Fairlea Animal Hospital as if they were his own. In his spare time Dustin likes to run, hike, snowboard and play soccer. He currently lives in Lewisburg with his girlfriend Liz, two cats Oliver and Harper Lee and their new puppy Freyja.

kathyKathy King, Groomer

Kathy joined our team in April 2005. She originally started as a veterinary assistant, then later began grooming and pampering our client's furry family members. She is experienced enough to  lend a helping hand whenever needed and knows the meaning of teamwork. She is a valuable part of the Fairlea Animal Hospital team, and our hearts as well. Kathy lives in Pickaway with her husband, David and their four-legged best friend, Louie.


Find Us On The Map


Main Office


7:30 am-6:00 pm


7:30 am-6:00 pm


7:30 am-5:00 pm


7:30 am-6:00 pm


7:30 am-6:00 pm


8:00 am-1:00 pm



Contact Us

We look forward to hearing from you