Dr. David T. Fuller, III

  • Graduated Auburn University, 1984, DVM
  • Graduated University of Georgia, 1987, MS
  • Diplomate College of Theriogenology, 1988
  • Graduated Texas A&M University, 1993, PhD
  • Hometown: Hueytown, Alabama

After completing his DVM at Auburn University, Dr. Fuller attended the University of Georgia where he received his Masters of Science in anatomy and completed his residency in theriogenology. Following his graduation from UGA, he entered a PhD program in physiology at Texas A&M where he studied molecular genetics.

Dr. Fuller taught anatomy at University of Georgia while completing his master’s degree in anatomy and a residency in theriogenology. Next at Texas A&M University, he taught physiology where his research focused on genetics. Upon graduation from Texas A&M, Dr. Fuller moved back to Alabama and provided relief work for area Alabama veterinarians for three years before he became a full time associate at Clay Chalkville Animal Hospital for another three years. He opened Hope Animal Clinic in 2000.

Dr. Fuller enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but especially enjoys orthopedic surgery and reproductive work, using frozen semen in conjunction with hormonally-timed ovulation protocols.

Dr. Fuller is married to Mimi Hand Fuller. They have four children: Elizabeth, Katherine, Joseph and Thompson. Dr. Fuller and his family live on a farm in central Alabama where they have a small herd of cattle, five horses, seven dogs, and three cats. All the Fullers love animals!


Dr. Daniel LeBlanc

  • Graduated Louisiana State University, 1998, DVM
  • Hometown: New Orleans, LA

Following graduation, Dr. LeBlanc returned to the New Orleans’ area to practice small animal medicine at Airline Animal Hospital in Metairie, Louisiana. While there, he developed special interests in surgery, internal medicine, oncology, and emergency medicine.

Following the loss of his home in Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Dr. LeBlanc and his family relocated to Birmingham. After practicing for over four years in Shelby County, Dr. LeBlanc began doing relief work in the Greater Birmingham area for several practices including Hope Animal Clinic. He joined the staff at Hope Animal Clinic full time in May of 2011. Dr. LeBlanc is married to Amanda Marcel LeBlanc, and they have two daughters, Marcelle and Ava. Dr. LeBlanc and his family love their dog Gryffin and two guinea pigs, Cuddles and Mo.


Dr. Katherine Schmidt

  • Graduated The Ohio State University, 2008, BS
  • Graduated The Ohio State University, 2013, DVM
  • Hometown: Dublin, Ohio

After graduating from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013, Dr. Schmidt moved to Southern California, where she practiced general and emergency medicine for two years. In 2015 she and her husband, Dr. Adam Hauser, relocated to Alabama when he accepted a position at the University of Alabama –Roll Tide!– and she joined the Hope Animal Clinic staff.

Dr. Schmidt grew up in Ohio and is an avid Buckeye enthusiast. In her free time, she enjoys college football–especially Buckeye and Alabama football–good food and wine with family and friends, and spending time with her husband and their pets–Archie, a Terrier mix, and 2 wonderful cats, Mr. Kitters and Hugs.

Dr. Schmidt’s professional interests include orthopedic surgery and emergency medicine, but she loves all aspects of small animal practice.


Dr. Brandon Tindell

  • Graduated University of Georgia, 2007, BS
  • Graduated University of Tennessee, 2011, DVM
  • Hometown: Chattanooga, Tennessee

After graduating from the University of Tennessee, Dr. Tindell practiced small animal medicine at Village Vet Clinic, Knoxville, TN.  He is married to Dr. Rachel Lynskey Tindell, and they moved to Birmingham in order for his wife to complete her residency for medical school.  Dr. Tindell joined Hope Animal Clinic in July 2012 and brought with him special interests in surgery, cytology, and oncology.  He and his wife have a daughter named Louise, a newborn son named Milton, and two dogs — Rupert and June, which live under the watchful eye of their cat, Kitty.

Dr. Austen Vollenweider

  • Graduated Auburn University, 2012, BS
  • Graduated Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, 2016, DVM
  • Hometown: Hoover, Alabama

After graduation from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, Dr. Vollenweider began his career in mixed-animal medicine and surgery in rural South Alabama. It was during this experience that he decided to turn his focus to working with small animals and relocated back home to join the Hope Animal Clinic staff in March of 2017. He is thrilled to be back in the Birmingham area serving the community where he grew up. His clinical interests include surgery, internal medicine, nutrition and pain management.

In his spare time, Dr. Vollenweider enjoys staying active and spending time in the great outdoors with his wife Lindsey and their dog Lola who is a pointer mix. The Vollenweiders also have a cat named Carlos who keeps them laughling. Dr. Vollenweider is also a sports enthusiast and enjoys pulling for Auburn in any sport.

Dr. Sarah Foster

  • Graduated Auburn University, 2013, BS – Cum Laude
  • Graduated Auburn University, 2017, DVM – Summa Cum Laude
  • Hometown: New London, North Carolina

Dr. Foster graduated from Auburn University in 2017 with her degree in veterinary medicine. While at Auburn, she was awarded the ACVIM Award of Excellence (Small Animal) as a senior veterinary student. She completed her senior year preceptorship at Hope Animal Clinic and returned to Hope upon graduation to join the veterinary staff. Dr. Foster’s special interests include canine rehabilitation and internal medicine. She is a third-generation veterinarian and a die-hard Auburn fan (War Eagle!). Dr. Foster and her fiance, Ryan, have a soft spot for rescue animals – they currently have four dogs, and all are rescues.

Dr. Jennifer Emery

  • Graduated Auburn University, 2013, BS – Summa Cum Laude
  • Graduated University of Georgia, 2017, DVM – Magna Cum Laude
  • Hometown: Newnan, Georgia

Although Dr. Emery is a native Georgian and received her DVM degree from the University of Georgia, her heart follows after Auburn where she received her BS degree. After her graduation in 2017, Dr. Emery moved to Birmingham to join the staff at Hope Animal Clinic. Dr. Emery has a special interest in ophthalmology but enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine.

Dr. Emery enjoys an array of outside sports. While at Auburn, she played both club soccer and intramural flag football. She also enjoys traveling, especially to destinations that host beautiful hiking trails such as Yosemite National Park. Also while at Auburn, Dr. Emery met her fiance Brett. They have two dogs together: Benson, a Golden Retriever, and Ruby, a Springer Spaniel.