Dr. Jim McClearen
Dr. Jim McClearen resides on his farm in Morganton, GA with his lovely wife Laurie and a menagerie of animals that includes several dogs, horses and a commercial herd of cattle. All of his animals are so well cared for that even the cows have individual names. Jim and Laurie have two grown children and one grandchild.
Dr. McClearen has had an exceptional career in veterinary medicine. He graduated from the University of Georgia with his DVM in 1974 after obtaining a degree in agriculture in 1970. He received a distinguished alumni award from UGA, and was founder and owner of Bells Ferry Veterinary Hospital in Acworth GA until he sold it in January of 2007. Dr. McClearen also co-founded and served as contractor for the Cobb and Cherokee Emergency Veterinary Clinics. He is past president of Cobb County Veterinary Association, past president of Georgia Medical Academy, board member of Georgia Veterinary Medical Association (GVMA) for the past 10 years and recently completed his term as past president of the GVMA. Dr. McClearen was recognized as the 2013 GVMA Veterinarian of the Year and Cherokee County Veterinarian of the Year.
In addition to his veterinary accomplishments and affiliations, Dr. McClearen has many other interests that include farming, gardening, hiking, construction, and woodworking. He built and operates, along with his wife, the Cohutta Mountain Pet and Feed Store in Blue Ridge, and serves as board member of Habitat for Humanity in Fannin and Gilmer counties. Dr. McClearen is highly respected in the veterinary community and has exceptional diagnostic skills. Through his extensive involvement in organized veterinary medicine, Dr. McClearen also provides leadership and staff training expertise centered on the objective of lifelong learning and excellent client services. He has extensive knowledge in the area of computers and how they can improve the delivery of convenient patient and client services. Dr. McClearen is our full time associate veterinarian and operates the satellite clinic (TCAC). You can see his construction skills at TCAC as Jim served as the contractor to convert the leased space into an attractive and efficient animal clinic.
Dr. Hilty Burr
Dr. Hilty Burr grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and was educated in the public school system. His undergraduate studies took place at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee as a biology major and The University of Tennessee in Knoxville as an Animal Science major. Dr. Burr graduated from The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 1980, awarded with an academic membership to Phi Zeta by being in the top 10% of his class.
Following graduation, Dr. Burr began an interesting and diverse career in veterinary medicine. He started his clinical practice career in Pell City, Alabama at Cropwell Animal Hospital as an associate veterinarian for small and large animals. In 1981, Dr. Burr relocated to Cleveland, Tennessee and opened Burr Veterinary Clinic, which was also a mixed animal practice. In 1990, he decided to sell his interest in this practice to begin consulting work for the animal health industry. In 1992, Dr. Burr accepted a position with Pfizer Animal Health where he continued his consulting work as a technical services veterinarian with a concentration in canine, feline and equine medicine and surgery. He enjoyed an exceptionally successful career receiving several promotions and authored or co-authored several publications in peer-reviewed veterinary journals. His last position with Pfizer was as Director of U.S. Veterinary Services for the Companion Animal Division headquartered in New York, New York. As a full-time consultant for the world’s largest animal health company, Dr. Burr became recognized as a leading expert in companion animal medicine among his veterinary peers.
Because his contact with patients and clients had been restricted to clinical trial work and case consultations, Dr. Burr began to greatly miss the clinical and daily contact with people and their pets. After a thorough search that included most of the southeast United States, Dr. Burr chose the Young Harris / Hiawassee / Hayesville area as a perfect location to build a new state-of-the-art small animal hospital. Lake Chatuge Animal Hospital (LCAH) was opened on 3/1/2005 representing a culmination of over 25 years of veterinary experience and knowledge. The end result is the animal hospital that Dr. Burr had always dreamed about and by the grace of God became a reality.
Dr. Burr teamed up with Dr. McClearen and opened a satellite clinic in November of 2010 in the Peachtree community of Murphy NC. This clinic is appropriately called Tri-County Animal Clinic (TCAC) as it is set up to serve the western NC counties of Cherokee, Clay and Graham counties. TCAC provides convenient and affordable preventive and wellness pet healthcare to western NC families, yet its affiliation with the full-service hospital (LCAH) allows these families the same access to the more advanced and specialized services as needed.
Dr. Burr has been married to his lovely wife Susan for over 30 years and they have two grown children (Jon Jr. and Jessica Rose) and their spouses (Ali and David) who are the treasures of their lives. They also have 5 four-legged kids: Sachmo, 4 year old and Daisy, 2 year old, both DSH kitties; Blitzen, a 15 year old Dachshund, Brodie, a 4 year old Beagle/German Shepherd/Whippet mix breed, and Gracie, a 1 year old Lab/Greyhound cross who keep their home lively and entertaining.
Dr. Bill Seanor
John W. Seanor, DVM, JD (Bill) was born and raised in Fitzgerald, GA. After graduating high school as co-valedictorian, he obtained his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine with honors from the University of Georgia in 1983. Post graduation he worked as a partner with JK Boutcher, specializing in equine medicine and surgery in Lexington, KY for 5 years. Notable patients under Dr. Seanor’s care included Thoroughbred Triple Crown Winner Seattle Slew and many others. He is currently licensed to practice veterinary medicine in GA, FL, NC, and KY.
After an accident left him temporarily paralyzed, Dr. Seanor’s doctor advised him to get out of equine medicine, so he decided to become a lawyer instead. He earned his JD degree in 1991 from Nova University Law School (top 20%). While attending law school he served as the Head State Veterinarian and lobbyist for the State of Florida, Department of Business Regulation, and was a valued participant of the Nova Law Review.
Following law school, Dr. Seanor specialized in biotechnology-related intellectual property law and worked on cases for organizations including UGA, Emory University, CDC, and NIH. In 1997 he returned to Lexington, KY where he practiced intellectual property law for clients such as the University of Kentucky, Alltech, Inc. and Dippin Dots. During this same time he developed a successful commercial thoroughbred breeding and training farm, Georgiana Farm, and practiced small animal veterinary care at Berea Animal Hospital.
In 2007 Dr. Seanor co-founded ArthroDynamic Technologies Inc. (ADT), a veterinary drug and device company, and served as Chief Counsel and veterinary consultant assisting in attaining regulatory approvals and product launch for a portfolio of products primarily focused on the equine and small animal markets. He facilitated the successful launch and oversight of Polyglycan®, a hyaluronic acid based product indicated as a post-arthroscopy synovial fluid replacement in horses.
In 2009 he was appointed President and CEO of both the Human Health Division and Animal Health Division of ADT, a position he held until 2012 when he semi-retired and returned to his native Georgia to care for his aging parents. “Semi-retired” means he and another veterinarian volunteered full time for a year and a half to maintain a friend’s practice who had died unexpectedly until it could be sold instead of closing and leaving their friend’s widow destitute.
After Dr. Seanor and his lovely wife Erin moved to our area in June 2018 he decided he didn’t like retirement after all and joined Lake Chatuge Animal Hospital / Tri-County Animal Clinic as a full time veterinarian.
Some of his other honors and accomplishments include being a past president of the Georgia Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, a past member of the UGA Veterinary Alumni Board, a member of the US Patent Bar, a member of both the KY and GA Bars, and co-founder of the Cloverhurst Benevolent Foundation, a 501(c)3 charity providing life-saving assistance to members of the Kappa Deuteron Chapter of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.
His highest achievement is his son Kelby, a National Champion sporting clays shooter, a 10 time NSCA All American, a member of Team USA, and a senior at Jacksonville University.
Dr. Alfred Marshall
Dr. Alfred Marshall, a 1971 Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine Graduate, lives on a small horse farm in Clay county NC with his lovely wife Laurie. He and Laurie have children and grandchildren in Florida & in Clayton, GA. Dr. Marshall sold his 30 year busy practice in Largo, Florida, and moved to western North Carolina with the intent to retire. While in Florida Laurie and their daughter successfully competed in AQHA and 4H shows. Dr. Marshall and Laurie also bred and exhibited miniature schnauzers. Laurie led the male to his AKC Championship. They now have a pair of Belgian Teruverns and several horses.
We were very fortunate to lure him out of retirement to serve as our surgeon-in-residence and he serves as our main relief veterinarian. Dr. Marshall is an experienced surgeon and enjoys the full range of general surgery, i.e., anal sac removals, orthopedic procedures, and ear trims for show dogs. In addition, Dr. Marshall has made it possible for us to help the many rescue groups in the area meet their needs by providing a reduced-cost spay/neuter service that is operated on a routine basis.
Dr. Jenny Weldon
Jennifer E. Weldon (Jenny), DVM, was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida, with a keen sense of direction and perseverance. She knew from a very young age she was passionate about animal welfare, wished to become a veterinarian, and longed to live near lakes and mountains. Acceptance of a position at Lake Chatuge Animal Hospital landed her within walking distance of a lake and views of those mountains (and gives her parents a “destination”).
A 1998 Leon High School honor graduate, Jenny earned an undergraduate degree in Animal and Dairy Science (Pre-Vet) from Auburn University in 2002 where she was a member of Sigma Delta Agriculture Honor Society, Alpha Zeta Agriculture Fraternity, and the Auburn University Equestrian Team. Sticking with orange and blue, Jenny earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in 2008 from the University of Florida after which she served a one-year internship at Ferguson and Hammock Equine Hospital in Ocala, Florida. Jenny then accepted a position in Brooksville, Florida, with Chandelle Veterinary Associates, a large-animal practice, before returning to her hometown of Tallahassee in 2011 to work for Thomasville Animal Hospital, a small- and large-animal practice followed by Capital Circle Animal Hospital, a small-animal practice.
Jenny is pleased to have settled in Hayesville, NC, along with her beloved animal family: Joe – the cat; Annie – the rescue mutt; Strut and Swagger – the yellow labs; and horses, Reba and Mason.