Loving Care From Our Skilled Veterinary Staff

John R. Hammons, DVM

John R. HammonsDr. 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 American Veterinary Medical Association, an Associate member of the American Animal Hospital Association, and a member of Alabama Veterinary Medical Association. 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.

Pamela I. Chafin, DVM

Pamela I. ChafinDr. Chafin grew up in a military family and lived in many cities in the United States and Europe. She has spent the majority of her professional life practicing veterinary medicine in different areas of Texas. She recently moved to Alabama to be close to her grandchildren.

Dr. Chafin was interested in pursuing a career in medicine, but wasn’t certain which avenue to follow. After owning horses and understanding their health problems, she decided to pursue veterinary medicine. She attended Tarleton State University, a member of the Texas A & M University system, for her undergraduate studies. She graduated in 1970 from Texas A & M University College of Veterinary Medicine with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.

Along with the progress in technology, the change in people’s attitude toward pets as valuable companions is something she has observed during her professional career. Dr. Chafin likes being able to educate pet owners and partner with them to establish wellness and treatment plans for their pets.

Dr. Chafin is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association, and the North Alabama Medical Association.

Dr. Chafin enjoys antiquing, interior design, tennis, and gardening in her free time.

Tanya D. Patterson, DVM.

Tanya D. PattersonDr. Patterson grew up in rural Cullman, Alabama, and attributes her mother's allowance of a house full of pets in sparking her interest in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine.

Dr. Patterson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal and Dairy Science/Pre-Vet in 2000. In 2003 she received a Master's of Science degree in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Parasitology. She entered Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003 and graduated in 2007.

Dr. Patterson is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Alabama Veterinary Medical Association, and the North Alabama Veterinary Medical Association.

Surgery, ultrasonograpy, dermatology, and internal medicine are of specific interest to her. Dr. Patterson also enjoys educating and furthering the owner-pet bond through veterinary medicine and care.

She and her husband John have a daughter, Aubrey Elizabeth. They also have four dogs: Chyna (pug), Oscar (pug), Emma (beagle), and Zoey (husky mix) and one cat, Sherman.

Dr. Patterson loves college football (Auburn in particular) and spending time outdoors.