Dr. Hammons grew up on a farm in Limestone County. He became interested in veterinary medicine when his first pet became ill and had to be hospitalized. The pet survived, and the profession that provided the ability to help sick and injured animals became his goal to achieve.
Even though he had never set foot on campus, he knew Auburn University was where he was headed. He entered as an undergraduate in 1969 and received a bachelor of science degree in animal and dairy science in 1973. That same year, he entered Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and received a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1977. He spent the first four years after graduation at a mixed animal practice and on lots of dairy farms in Jefferson City, Tennessee. In 1981, he purchased and opened Town & Country Animal Hospital.
Dr. Hammons is a member of the AVMA an ALVMA. Town & Country Animal Hospital is now an accredited member of AAHA. Since 1982, he has served numerous times in different capacities as an officer of the North Alabama Veterinary Medical Association.
Other hobbies and interests outside veterinary medicine include amateur archaeology and collecting Native American artifacts, Athens Rotary Club, and sometimes gardening.Over the years, Dr. Hammons and his wife, Peggy, have had a variety of four-legged and feathered children, with none more loved than Howard, a rescued mixed breed that was found on the side of a road.
Dr. Hammons enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine—the variety of the medical cases, the constant challenges they present, and the interaction with pets and their owners. After 30 years of practice, he has built a new animal hospital with the intent of offering more and better services for all our furry friends.
Shannon Johnson, DVM
Even though she was all about horses as a child, Dr. Johnson loves and enjoys working with all animals. She enjoys the opportunity to meet new puppies and kittens and start them on a path to good health and long life.
Dr. Johnson grew up in Huntsville, Alabama. She attended Auburn University and received her undergraduate degree in 1992 in Animal and Dairy Science. She was a member of the Meat’s judging team and received first place Novice Division, Mini Aksarben (Meat and Animal Judging). She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1995 from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Johnson also has earned her Certificate of Completion in Sound-Elkin Ultrasound course.
The use of ultrasonography as a diagnostic, particularly in the tool area of internal medicine, is a major area of interest for Dr. Johnson. Dr. Johnson is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Johnson has a daughter who likes to play soccer and ride horses with her mom and bakes with her dad, the sheriff’s deputy who decorates cupcakes and shows cars. The Johnson’s have 3 dogs, 1 cat and 9 horses.
Dr. Carson Edgmon grew up on a farm in Prospect, Tennessee and while he practices small animal medicine at Town & Country Animal Hospital, he also has interest in large animal medicine. He is working on the farm with his father in setting up a reproductive program for advancing the cattle business. Dr. Edgmon graduated from Giles County High School in Pulaski, TN, where he was elected captain of the football team and lettered in baseball. He received his Bachelor of Science degree with concentrations in Molecular Biology and Chemistry from The University of North Alabama. He was a wide receiver for the UNA Lions. Dr. Edgmon received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in May, 2014. He was Vice President of his vet school class and President of the Theriogenology Club.
Dr. Edgmon’s wife, Caitlin, is a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. The Edgmon’s have a son, Knox, who was born on the Fourth of July. Knox and Dr. Hammons share the same birthday and celebrate together each year. The Edgmon’s also have a cat named Willow and a Labrador Retriever named Deuce.
Dr. Edgmon is an avid college football fan, the Tennessee Volunteers in particular. Dr. Edgmon enjoys retriever training and competes with his dog Deuce in Hunter Retriever Field Trials. Other hobbies include hunting, fishing and working on the farm caring for his angus cattle.
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Bryan Dean, DVM
Dr. Bryan Dean was born and reared in Athens, Alabama. He grew up with animals of all shapes and sizes including horses, cows, goats, dogs, cats, rabbits, snakes, turtles, frogs, and fish. He graduated from Athens High School in 2008 and went on to attend the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa where he obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology with a minor in Spanish. Dr. Dean worked several years in Birmingham as a veterinary technician before attending Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine where he graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2021.
Upon graduation, Dr. Dean moved back to Athens as he had always hoped. His wife, Morgan, is also an Athens native and works as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. They have a cat named Stella and plan on adopting a dog in the near future. They also own several horses that are on his family farm in West Limestone.
Dr. Dean is an outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing, and being on the water. He is also a sports enthusiast who particularly enjoys football and basketball. He is a huge Crimson Tide fan.