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Meet the compassionate veterinarians at
Companion Animal Hospital
who provide exceptional veterinary care for your pets.
Dr. Marsha Cashwell
In 1980, Dr. Cashwell graduated from the Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine. She practiced at hospitals in Jacksonville, Florida, and Fayetteville, North Carolina, before returning to practice near her home town of Hurtsboro. In 1983, Dr Cashwell opened Central Animal Hospital on Old Opelika Road. In 1991, the practice was renamed and moved to our present location in Phenix City, AL. The facility earned Dr. Cashwell an Honorable Mention for Hospital Design in a nationwide competition. In 2016 Dr. Cashwell was selected as a member of the board at Auburn University Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
Dr. Cashwell is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association (ALVMA), the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and is Fear Free Certified Elite.
When she's not working Dr. Cashwell enjoys riding horses, working with her dogs, sailing with her husband Jim, and keeping up with son Cash (a recent graduate of Auburn University and current grad student at CSU and daughter Erin (graduate at Florida State University and current doctoral student at The University of Texas at Arlington).
Dr. Erin M. Herrin
Dr. Herrin received her B.S. in Animal and Dairy Sciences from Auburn University in 2000. She graduated from the Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine in May 2004. She joined the Companion Animal Hospital team in May 2006 in Phenix City, AL.
Dr. Herrin is a member of the the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association (ALVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). She has obtained the highest level of Fear Free certification (Elite) and takes great pride in treating not only the physical wellbeing, but also the emotional wellbeing of her patients. When she's not working, she spends most of her time keeping up with her young son, taking care of her dogs, cats, horse and donkey and helping her husband Steve, maintain their 5 acre farmette.
Dr. Laurel Gardner
Laurel Gardner, DVM, is a native of Miami, Florida where her parents indulged and encouraged her natural love for animals. At the age of three she determined to become a veterinarian, and that goal was accomplished when she graduated from Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986.
After graduation, Dr. Gardner entered private practice in Auburn, AL for a few years, then found her niche in relief veterinary work and has worked with us at Companion Animal Hospital when needed for over 25 years. Dr. Gardner is now scheduled to work with us every Wednesday and Friday.
Dr. Gardner is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), a Professional Member of the Cornell Feline Health Center, and is Fear Free Certified Elite.
When not working, Dr. Gardner enjoys reading, gardening, Bible study, and especially mentoring young people. She is married to Mike, and recently became a grandmother! In 2015, Dr. Gardner completed a rim-to-rim hike of the Grand Canyon covering 27.5 miles in four days which, after completing veterinary school, she counts as one of her greatest accomplishments. :)