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Our Staff

Our Vets Are Available To Help You Keep Your Pets Happy & Healthy

Our Veterinarians

Discover a family of exemplary doctors and staff with Hope, all passionate about our veterinary services for your special pets.

Dr. David T. Fuller, III

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 reproductive 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 his residency in theriogenology. Next at Texas A&M University, he taught physiology and anatomy to undergraduate students. His research focused on gene expression in cattle embryos. Upon graduation from Texas A&M, Dr. Fuller moved back to Alabama and provided relief work for veterinarians for three years. He then became a full time associate at Clay Chalkville Animal Hospital for another three years. On April 3, 2000, Dr. Fuller opened Hope Animal Clinic.

Dr. Fuller enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine. He 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, three horses, six dogs, and two cats. All the Fullers love animals!

Dr. Pete Giambrone

Dr. Giambrone has enjoyed the benefits of an Alabama and Auburn education. During his studies at both universities, he took advantage of opportunities working with exotics. While an undergraduate student at Alabama, he performed research on reptiles. Later, during his doctoral studies at Auburn University, he completed an internship at Gulf World Aquarium where he worked with an array of exotics including birds, reptiles, dolphins, and sea lions.

Dr. Giambrone first came to Hope Animal Clinic as a veterinary preceptor. In May 2015, he returned to Hope after completing his DVM at Auburn. In January 2019, we were so happy that he rejoined the Hope team! Dr. Giambrone enjoys working with all animals but has a special interest in exotics. His personal pets include the following wonderful menagerie: 5 dogs, 3 cats, 1 snake, 1 bearded dragon, and quite a few birds and fish.

Dr. Giambrone is passionate about providing the best pet healthcare possible and about coming alongside pet owners to help ensure the very best for their pets. Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Giambrone enjoys spending time with his wife (who is also a veterinarian), his children, University of Alabama athletics, and hiking.

Dr. Trey Beck

Dr. Beck moved just down the road from his hometown of Phenix City to Auburn University for his undergraduate studies and stayed there for veterinary school as well. While an undergraduate student, he served as an ambassador for the College of Agriculture where he recruited new students to Auburn and showed them why the Auburn family was right for them. While in school, he also began work as a kennel technician before transitioning to a veterinary technician at a local clinic in Columbus, GA.  Furthering his professional experience, Dr. Beck worked in the Auburn University Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s pathobiology lab and anesthesia services.  

Today, he enjoys his work as a member of Hope’s team of physicians where surgery and dermatology rank high in his medical interests but communicating with clients to ensure the best care for their pets is his passion.

Not only did Dr. Beck’s time at Auburn launch his career, but it also impacted his personal life.  While at Auburn, Dr. Beck met his wife Samantha who was attending Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy. Since they married, they have expanded their pet family of 2 cats, Tilly and Tuco, to include an adorable chocolate Labrador Retriever named Tiki.

Apart from their careers, Dr. Beck and Samantha enjoy all things sports related but especially Auburn football and basketball.   Good food and spending time with family and friends at the lake as well as playing with their pets top their list of most enjoyable pass times.

Dr. Chandler Kimble

Dr. Kimble is a proud Birmingham native, with roots in the beautiful communities of Homewood and Vestavia. His journey in veterinary medicine commenced as a kennel hand at a local clinic while pursuing an undergraduate degree in biology at UAB. 

Driven by a passion for research, Dr. Kimble explored diverse topics, including studies on axolotls, zebrafish, sea urchins, and sea turtles at UAB. During this time, he also performed conservation studies in Dauphin Island and San Salvador, along with contributing to spay and neuter outreach programs in Panama and Grenada.

Following his graduation from St. George’s Veterinary School, Dr. Kimble furthered his career in animal research at Cornell University, refining his approach to veterinary care with a profound understanding of animal behavior and evidence-based practice.

Dr. Kimble specializes in small animal care, with a particular passion for geriatric care. Open communication is at the heart of his practice, empowering pet owners to be informed partners in their pets’ health journeys.

Beyond the clinic walls, Dr. Kimble enjoys traveling and exploring outdoors with his family and friends, both human and furry.

Dr. Ellie Lushington

Dr. Lushington spent her entire college career at Auburn University and wouldn’t have had it any other way – War Eagle! During her undergraduate years, Dr. Lushington spent school breaks working at Hope,starting in the kennel and later training as a technician.  During veterinary school, she completed an externship Veterinary Sports Medicine and Orthopedics Group in Annapolis Junction, Maryland, where she shadowed five veterinarians to learn more about orthopedics and sports medicine. Orthopedics and surgery are Dr. Lushington’s special interests although she enjoys all aspects of small animal practice.

Outside her veterinary career, Dr. Lushington is passionate about sports–especially Auburn athletics!  But Disney, the Olympics, good movies, cars, and trivia games also top her fun list along with spending time at her family’s river house, traveling, and spoiling her Poodle mix, Cam.

Having worked at Hope throughout her veterinary career journey, Dr. Lushington has stepped right in her new role as a doctor, bringing with her the full breadth of experience in animal care.  She’s back home at Hope, and we are glad she is!

Dr. Leah Kent

Dr. Kent’s educational journey began at Auburn University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences in 2019. During her time as an undergraduate student, she dedicated her time to research in a poultry science lab, focusing on broiler nutrition. Additionally, she gained hands-on experience at the vet school’s dairy, where she milked cows and tended to the herd, further enriching her understanding of animal health and husbandry.

Continuing her academic journey at Auburn, Dr. Kent earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2024. Her areas of special interest include surgery, internal medicine, and emergency medicine, reflecting her commitment to providing comprehensive and critical care to her patients.

Residing on Smith Lake, Dr. Kent shares her home with her husband, a pharmacist and fellow Auburn graduate. They have two pups, Selah and Lily. In her free time, Dr. Kent pursues a variety of hobbies that reflect her adventurous spirit and love for the outdoors. She enjoys wake surfing, snow skiing, traveling, and immersing herself in a good book.

What Our Clients Think

Mikaela Terry Swindle
Mikaela Terry Swindle
2022-05-25
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This is absolutely the most incredible vet that I have ever been too. EVERY SINGLE member of their staff is absolutely amazing. I recommend them to EVERYONE. They actually CARE for your babies and they keep you updated every step of the way. They will forever have our business!! ❤️ Thank you from all of us at Cedar Wood Farm’s!!
Lesa Hymel Rease
Lesa Hymel Rease
2022-04-26
recommends
Love Dr. Fuller!!! He has been such a great friend and vet to our fur babies!!!
Salley M Barr
Salley M Barr
2022-04-09
recommends
We were traveling and stopped in to have our dog checked out. Dr. Fuller was thorough and reasonably priced. Our outcome wasn’t what we hoped but they made a difficult day less difficult. The horror stories you hear about emergency vet clinics does not apply to this one. Highly recommend this clinic.
Shannon Hollis
Shannon Hollis
2022-01-05
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One of our fur babies is currently being taken care of at Hope Animal Clinic. Dr Fuller and his staff have been awesome!!! Dr. Fuller called us at 7:30 pm to give us an update!!!! ❤️❤️❤️
Tracy Johnson
Tracy Johnson
2021-11-20
recommends
amazing and friendly staff.
Karen Sexton
Karen Sexton
2021-09-28
recommends
We Love Hope Animal Clinic. Johnny , Artemis. & Zeus get excited for Doggie Daycare & pampering with they’re bath & nail trims. Highly recommend them
Tara Herrin
Tara Herrin
2021-08-12
recommends
Dr. Fuller takes such wonderful care of my fur babies. He is so very kind & compassionate. The entire staff is awesome too!
Deana Jenkins
Deana Jenkins
2021-07-23
recommends
Great experience at Hope Animal Clinic! Dr Fuller is so nice.

Our Groomers

Our loving groomers will take good care of your pet

April

April has always had a love for animals. Growing up she not only had dogs and cats, but also welcomed birds, turtles, pigs, ferrets, flying squirrels, and a chinchilla. April graduated with a Bachelor of Science from The University of Montevallo. She began grooming in 2012 and from there her passion grew. Her favorite part of being a groomer is bringing out the charm of each pet. April is married and has two beautiful children. She is also a fur mom to two dogs – Barbara and Peanut, two cats – whom her kids call Pizza and Taco, and a bearded dragon named Spike. When asked her favorite thing about working at Hope she said, “I love that Hope Animal Clinic cares about family and here at Hope we know that pets are family too!”

Emily

Emily is our newest groomer that started with us January 2024.  She is a skilled groomer with a passion for animals. Emily started her grooming career in 2013 and has since honed her expertise in caring for pets. In 2022, Emily graduated with an Associate Degree in Science. At home, she shares her life with a dog named Tom, two cats named Moomoo and Kitty, and five chickens. Emily is engaged and has a beautiful daughter, making her home a bustling and loving environment for both her family and her beloved pets.  Emily enjoys pampering the pets she grooms and making them look, and feel, their best.

Bradley

Bradley came to Hope in March of 2021. He started out in the Kennel but became the grooming bather in August of 2021. Bradley says his favorite part of working in grooming is “taking the time to get to know every dog that comes through our department and making lifetime best friends.” He has two dogs – Diesel and Hope, and four cats.  When Bradley is not working at Hope, doing God’s work is his biggest goal. He loves being the assistant youth director at his local church.

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