Dr. Keith Harrison
Born and raised in Hickory, N.C. Dr. Keith Harrison attended N.C. State University and majored in Animal Science. He then received his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Auburn University College of Veterinary medicine in 1981. After graduation he joined Dr. Russell Tate, Sr., at Maple Lawn Animal Clinic in Vass, N.C. practicing companion animal and equine medicine then later at the Animal Health Center, P.A. in Southern Pines practicing companion animal medicine exclusively. In 1989 Dr. Harrison and Dr. Tate opened the Animal Health Center in West End. He and Russell Tate, Jr recently sold this location to their associate Dr. Caroline Tyndall. He has a special interest in all types of surgery including soft tissue and orthopedics and enjoys the everyday challenges of internal medicine. Dr. Harrison is a member of the American Veterinary Association, the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association and the North Carolina Academy of Small Animal Medicine. He and his wife Mary Scott have two daughters (Amanda and Rebecca) His hobbies include bass fishing, golf and spending time with his family.
Dr. Russell Tate, Sr.
Born in Blowing Rock, N.C. Dr. Russell Tate, Sr., received a B.S. in Animal Industry from N.C. State College in 1958. He attended Lees McCrae College before serving in the U.S. Army artillery during the Korean conflict. He later received a B.S. in Agriculture from N.C. State College. Dr. Tate received his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Oklahoma State University in 1961. He worked one summer at Belmont and other New York race tracks. Dr. Tate practiced in Glasgow Kentucky prior to opening a mixed animal practice (Maple Lawn Animal Clinic) in Vass, N.C., which also furnished housing facilities for the Moore County Humane Society for its first few years. During this time he also started a small animal practice in Sanford, N.C. and Raeford, N.C. Dr. Tate and Dr. Harrison went on to open companion animal practices in Southern Pines and West End, N.C. Dr. Tate is a life-time member of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and long time member of the North Carolina Zoo. Semi-retired, Dr. Tate enjoys equestrian activities, delivering food for “meals on wheels”, performing surgery and has a avid interest in honey bee husbandry. He and his wife Anthea have three sons (Jule, Russ, Jr and John) and five grandchildren. Russ, Jr. is the Hospital Administrator. They have two dogs; “Bleu” and “Jake”, 2 cats, honey bees and chickens. (retired)
Dr. Leigha Williams
Dr. Leigha Williams comes to us from Wadesboro, NC. She graduated from Meredith College in 1996 with a BA in Mathematics and a minor in Statistics. She attended the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2001. Dr. Williams has worked in rural, small animal practice full-time, but now she enjoys working part-time in the clinic and doing house calls in Wadesboro.
Dr. Williams takes a special interest in small dogs, especially seniors. Knowing first-hand the changes that take place in senior dogs, she believes in helping them live as happy and pain-free as possible. Although she does not enjoy euthanasia, she enjoys helping people through this most difficult transition in their lives and the lives of their small friends. Dr. Williams got her first “indoor” dog when she started veterinary school. One of her proudest achievements is caring for him through all the stages of his life. Never having to spend a night in a hospital, she cared for him at home for fifteen years, including his very last moments. His name was Justin, and he is pictured above. Dr. Williams lives near her family in her hometown of Wadesboro with her two toy poodles, Jodie and Jax. She enjoys cooking, going to concerts, and spending long weekends with her best friend in Raleigh.