Meet our Veterinarians


Dr. John R. Hammons

John R. Hammons

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.

Dr. Shannon Johnson

Shannon Johnson

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. William Carson Edgmon

William Carson Edgmon

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. They 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.