Dr. Susan Cardwell (Benefield) is the owner/veterinarian of Village Veterinary Hospital. She attended Troy University and received a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. She graduated from Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. After working in a mixed animal practice in Tennessee, she worked in Columbus, GA with small animals. She has been in the Baldwin County area for the last 13 years practicing small animal medicine and surgery. She enjoys communicating with her clients in the areas of prevention, wellness, and supportive care. She believes each client-patient is unique and tries to individualize therapy as much as possible.
Samantha Perry is Village Veterinary Hospital's receptionist. She has worked as a veterinary assistant since 2009 and she can do it all! She welcomes everyone with a warm smile and always has time to love on our patients. She helps the doctor manage all the daily activity of the hospital keeping us organized and flowing smoothly.
Kristen Smith is one of our veterinary assistants. She is currently in the veterinary technician program at Coastal Alabama Community College. Veterinary technicians/nurses are vital to the veterinary team as they help to perform treatments, evaluate patients, and facilitate healing and comfort. She is most likely the person you will talk to when we are checking in on your pet after instituting therapies or post operatively. She always has a good attitude and a smile and goes the extra mile to make sure you understand medications, dosages, and any side effects or symptoms we need to know about.
Cassie Steele is another of our veterinary assistant team members. She also takes care of nutrition in our practice. She is your best source for advice on selection of the proper dietary needs of your pets. We recommend Hill's Science Diet and Prescription Diet pet foods and treats. She also makes sure you and your pet are greeted with a smile and feel welcome. While your pet is boarding or staying for the day, she makes sure they are calm and comfortable. She also helps out in the exam rooms during appointments.
Brittany Ganey is the newest member of our team. She is our animal health technician. She is responsible for how great your animal smells after a nice spa day at The Village. She oversees our patients' exercise needs and ensures their comfort with cots, pillows, blankets, and fresh food and water. She also makes sure our laundry is good to go and our kennels are the cleanest and smell the best. She is also a great help in the exam rooms during appointments and is ready to help wherever she is needed.
Miracle and Juju Bee are two of Village Veterinary Hospital's hospitality team. These are two beautiful black cats that were bottle-raised by Dr. Cardwell (Benefield) and her family. They are always happy to see our clients and love all the affection they can get.
Harriet is a domestic shorthair cat who was presented to us for treatment by the Baldwin County Humane Society after someone found her extremely ill. She was barely 6 weeks old and had a severe upper respiratory infection which had caused irreparable damage to her eyes. Both eyes had to be removed in hopes of saving her. Her surgery went well, we fell in love, and she has lived her ever since. Harriet's motto is "No vision...no problem." She can be seen walking around the clinic demanding affection from everyone she meets.
Soffie, Twinkle, and Linus also live at The Village. They are rescue cats as well. Soffie is 5 years old and is Linus' best friend. Linus is 18 years old and Soffie believes her job in life is to take care of him. They aren't seen very often because they stay in the employee lounge/kitchen area which they have claimed as home. Twinkle, an 8 year old Manx, grew up with Linus and likes to hang out with him and Soffie.