Meridian Animal Hospital

Meridian Animal Hospital is a full-service animal hospital that opened as Vetcetera Animal Hospital in 2012 with a focus on alternative and holistic healing. Dr. Heather Sinclair purchased the practice in 2014, having successfully practiced an integrated approach to veterinary medicine at Haw Creek Animal Hospital since 2005. She brings that same approach to this hospital, providing a conventional approach to those cases that need it and complementary or alternative modalities where they will provide additional benefits or when a client is particularly interested in pursuing that approach. The hospital was renamed Meridian Animal Hospital in the fall of 2014.
Dr. Sinclair brings to this practice her reputation for affordable and compassionate small animal care. We work with dogs, cats, birds, ferrets, rabbits, rats, pocket pets, as well as other exotics and the occasional lizard or goat. And we see everything from wellness visits to routine medicine and dentistry, to urgent care and emergencies. Dr. Sinclair may also suggest or be willing to consider acupuncture, homeopathy, Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine, or other alternative or complementary modalities.
The hospital has a welcoming and comfortable reception area and waiting room, 3 exam rooms, a well-equipped surgery, an in-house laboratory and digital radiology. We also have a cold laser (used primarily for acupuncture) and a Theraplate (which is seeing great success in rehabilitating injuries, especially in the equine world).
Colby and Stilton, our resident chinchillas, will try to make your time in the waiting room entertaining!
  • Mon 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Tue 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am - 6:00pm
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    A note about our staff...

    We often share staff between Meridian Animal Hospital and Haw Creek Animal Hospital. Here you'll find brief bios of the staff you are most likely to meet at Meridian Animal Hospital, but you'll find a little more about all of us on the Haw Creek Animal Hospital website!
  • Dr. Sinclair at Hopkins

    Heather K. Sinclair, DVM

    Dr. Heather K. Sinclair was introduced to clinical practice on both small and large animal patients as a technician for a small animal hospital and an equine surgical facility. Dr. Sinclair entered private practice as a veterinarian in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she continued her education by working with exotics and native wildlife.

    Dr. Sinclair has had a long-standing interest in the non-Western modalities that have been practiced for years (or centuries) and she has progressively adopted those that make sense or that appear to work. During her tenure in Ann Arbor, she deepened her interest and expertise in these "alternative" modalities and developed her approach to integrating alternative and complementary modalities with conventional Western medicine approaches. On relocating to coastal Maine, Dr. Sinclair's medicine began to focus more on small animal patients, including routine wellness visits, internal medicine cases, emergency and critical care, and a variety of surgical procedures. In addition to seeing the practice's own patients on an emergency basis during and after business hours, she also worked as a relief veterinarian for a nearby emergency clinic for small and exotic animals.

    In 2005 Heather moved to Asheville, NC where she purchased Haw Creek Animal Hospital in East Asheville. Here she continued to practice an integrated approach to veterinary medicine and continued to learn, gain more experience, and to expand her repertoire.

    Dr. Sinclair has particular interests in acupuncture and other complementary modalities, oncology, and nutrition. A graduate of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, she also holds a B.S. in Animal Science from the University of New Hampshire. She is passionate about animal welfare and provides safety, love, and food for a large number of rescue animals, both at her home and her hospitals, and she travels abroad to developing countries to provide pro bono veterinary care to dogs and cats. An accomplished horsewoman, she competes in 3-day eventing and dressage.
  • Dr. Pruitt

    Amy Pruitt, DVM, PhD, DAVCR-RO

    Dr. Amy Pruitt graduated from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998.  She is Board Certified, specializing in Oncology.  Dr. Pruitt lives with her long haired orange cat  Gatsby and her boston terrier Vincent.  An active hiker, she enjoys yoga, theater, music and dance.  Her favorite part of being a veterinarian is identifying ways to optimize her patient’s quality of life.
  • Bob Sinclair

    Robert Sinclair, PhD.

    Bob has been managing various parts of Haw Creek Animal Hospital since 2005, and is also the practice manager for Meridian Animal Hospital. He shares Dr. Sinclair's passion for animal welfare and now divides his time between Haw Creek and Meridian Animal Hospitals and looking after the close to 50 animals with whom they share their home or land.

    Bob holds a Bachelors degree (Genetics, 1982, Queen Mary College, University of London) and a PhD (Molecular biology, 1988, John Innes Institute, University of East Anglia). His research career included developing instruments for high-throughput DNA sequencing and most recently a decade-long foray into computational biology analyzing the mouse genome sequence at the Jackson Lab in Maine. He is developing an interest in the dog genome and DNA-based breed testing.

    In his "spare" time he is a scuba diver and Southern Highlands Crafts Guild member silversmith.
  • Melissa and Macaw

    Melissa Madrid-Odom

    Melissa acts as our office manager, here at Meridian Animal Hospital as well as at our sister practice, Haw Creek Animal Hospital. She is also a Veterinary Assistant and our resident bird grooming specialist!  She has 2 degrees in Exotic Animal Training and management and has worked with animals for 7 years. 
    Married to Jeffrey Odom, who in the US Air Force, she likes to travel and has lived in Spain and Australia.  Melissa loves birding, hiking and visiting waterfalls.   Roxy the American Eskimo, Pearl the cockatiel and Trixie the Senegal parrot share her life, but she dreams of owning a Hyacinth Macaw.
  • Kim Moran

    Kim has been with Haw Creek since May of 2014.  A dedicated veterinary technician with many years experience, Kim is also our Practice Manager, responsible for the day-to-day operations at both Haw Creek Animal Hospital, and Meridian Animal Hospital.

    Transplanted from Santa Fe via Chapel Hill, she loves living in the mountains.  With a varied background in Computer Systems Engineering, Archaeology and a long career as a Master Groomer, she loves working in the veterinary field.  Kim can frequently be found hiking or camping in the mountains with Brenna, Rowan and Moya (her standard poodles) and Jamie her border terrier.  Known as the ‘Auntie Kim’ to animals, her goal is to make the sick animals feel better and keep the healthy ones happy.