Meet Our Team

Dr. Madison Cloninger

Dr. Cloninger grew up in Salisbury, NC. She wanted to be a vet since the age of 7 when she started playing doctor. She attended NC State for her degree in Animal Science, graduating as a valedictorian. She went on to veterinary school at Colorado State University, where she also became certified in veterinary acupuncture. She enjoys the ever-changing cases and people she gets to meet in general practice, but also has a keen interest in emergency medicine. In her spare time, she loves outdoor activities– hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, and playing at the parks with her toddler, Elliot, and infant, Nora.

Dr. Anna Austin

Dr. Austin was born and raised in small town Eden, NC. She has loved animals of all sorts for as long as she can remember and spent most of her childhood reading about them or taking care of them. At various times, her menagerie ranged from rodents and birds to dogs and cats.

When she asked her parents for a pony at age 8, they jokingly told her she could have one when she could buy it herself. A few months later, her parents were a little shocked when she told them she had found a pony that cost $300 (the exact amount she had saved). They kept their word and let her buy the (very naughty) little white pony named “Magic.” She continued to be involved in horses for the next 25 years and was even N.C. 4-H Horseman of the Year in 1997. 

Dr. Austin received her undergraduate degree in Zoology from N.C. State University (go Pack!) and her doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Pennsylvania (go Quakers!). She completed an additional one-year internship at Blue Ridge Equine Clinic in Charlottesville, VA before moving back to N.C. to be near family. 

She has been a proud team member of MAH since 2016. She is Fear-Free and USDA accredited. Her special interests include soft tissue surgery and behavior. She loves developing long-term relationships with clients and their pets! Dr. Austin lives in Cornelius with her husband, 2 children, and rat terrier, Foxy. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her family, wandering around bookstores, and spectating at equestrian events. She is asking for a pony for her next birthday.

Dr. Carlene Smith

Dr. Smith is a Mooresville native and began her veterinary career at Mooresville Animal Hospital nearly 30 years ago. She attended Davidson college prior to being accepted into vet school. She is a dear friend to many pets and their families. When she is not at Mooresville Animal Hospital or dragon boat racing, she enjoys tending to her family farm, cats and chickens.

Dr. Kathleen Grace

Dr. Kathleen Grace grew up along the shore of Lake Michigan in Muskegon, MI. To all who knew her as a child, it is not surprising that she grew up to become a veterinarian. Her first word was “doggy,” and as a child, she would pass the time at her grandparents’ house by looking up different dog breeds in the encyclopedia. Besides animals, her other love as a child was reading, and she eventually earned her undergraduate degree in English from the University of Michigan. Though she received her veterinary degree from Michigan State University, her loyalty lies with the Wolverines (Go Blue!)

Dr. Grace and her husband, Ryan, recently moved to Mooresville, NC. They share their home with a mixed-breed dog named Ferris and a domestic shorthair cat named Sloane. In her free time, Dr. Grace enjoys running, hiking, and camping with her family, as well as reading and baking. Dr. Grace is very excited to be part of the Mooresville Animal Hospital family and looks forward to meeting you and your pets!

Dr. Joseph Aquino

Dr. Joey Aquino grew up in a small New Jersey suburb near Long Beach Island. His first dog was found in the street in his parents’ north Jersey hometown and would protect him as a baby, play basketball with him like Air Bud, and allow him to do all the crazy things a toddler does with their companion. His love for her and other animals at a young age, along with his family’s support, pushed him toward a career in veterinary medicine at a young age.

Dr. Aquino attended Rutgers University for his bachelor’s degree in animal science before attending Ross University for his doctorate. He completed a year of clinical studies at Oklahoma State University, with externships in Kannapolis and West Point, Nebraska. He started his career at MAH, and after a brief period practicing in Charlotte, is back in the saddle at his original stomping grounds.

Dr. Aquino currently shares his home with a 1-year-old tortie cat, Magnolia. Within the field, Dr. Aquino has a passion for client communication, compassionate patient care, parasite prevention, and endocrinology. He is Fear Free Certified. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to music, collecting records, attending shows and concerts, staying in shape at the gym and at NoDa Brewing Run Club, reading fiction and music books, biking, hiking, and attending Charlotte’s lustrous brewery scene. He is excited to be back at Mooresville Animal Hospital and to work with our clients and their wonderful pets.

Dr. Ashley Jackson

Dr. Ashley Jackson was born and raised in a small town in Rhode Island, and stayed close to home for undergraduate, attending Assumption College. While there, she was fortunate enough to play softball while obtaining a biology degree.

Dr. Jackson attended Ross University for Veterinary School, completing her clinical year at the University of Tennessee. While there, she fell in love with surgery and preventative care. She started her career in Charlotte, NC at a general practice and emergency hospital. Her passion for surgery grew, and expanded into dentistry. Dr. Jackson is passionate about trying to give our furry family members the best care we can, and helping to educate clients on how we can do this.

Currently, she still lives in Charlotte, with her husband, two dogs and three cats. In her off time, she enjoys spending time on Lake Norman with her family, home-improvement projects, and exploring. She is excited to join the MAH team and help keep our fur-babies as happy and healthy for as long as possible!

Dr. Alison Edwards

Although American by birth, Dr. Edwards studied in Europe and graduated from The Agricultural University of Wroclaw, School of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. She has been practicing small animal emergency medicine since 2012 in the USA. Emergency medicine is her passion and has taken her many places. She moved to North Carolina from New Hampshire after living abroad in Europe for eleven years. She describes the move to North Carolina as relocating to the best place on Earth and absolutely loves the Southern way of life!!! In her free time, Dr. Edwards enjoys reading, walking her two dogs, playing with her two cats, and exploring our beautiful state!!!

Kimberly- Manager

Kimberly is a Mooresville native. She has been with Mooresville Animal Hospital for over 3 years. She has several pets of her own, including a beloved Australian Shepherd mix named Tucker. In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding, traveling, flying and spending time with her young son.

Elizabeth- Assistant

Liz has been a technician at Mooresville Animal Hospital for over 3 years. Liz was born and raised in Kannapolis, NC and is happily married with a beautiful son. She has 2 dogs of her own, but her favorite breed would have to be a Corgi. What Liz loves about her job is being able to work with animals and educating clients.

Kinzey - Assistant

Kinzey is one of our kennel technicians and tech assistants. She has lived in Mooresville most of her life. She has 1 cat and 2 dogs of her own.  She has been at Mooresville Animal Hospital for over 6 months. What she enjoys most about working at Mooresville Animal Hospital is meeting new fur babies every day and watching them play together in our play yard. During her free time, she enjoys swimming, hiking and reading on rainy days.

Jessica - Assistant

Jessica has been a technician at Mooresville animal hospital for nearly 3 years. She started her veterinary career nearly 15 years ago. Jessica is originally from Harmony, NC, but now lives outside of Mooresville with her husband and young daughter. When Jessica isn’t helping us at Mooresville Animal Hospital, you can find her baking or riding horses!

Britney - Assistant

Britney is one of our vet technicians who is from a small town called Douglas, Wyoming. After high school, Britney joined the United States Navy for 4 years and was stationed in Japan on an aircraft carrier. After discharging from the service, Britney attended college for a business degree but found her passion to be involved with animals.  She made her way to Mooresville about two years ago, where she has joined the Mooresville Animal Hospital team. Her passion for pets began when she was very young. Britney and her family adopted over a dozen cats and dogs growing up, but currently she has a herd of three cats and two dogs. Britney loves spending time with animals. Outside of work, Britney enjoys camping, swimming and spending time with her family. Her favorite part of her job is that she can meet new cats and dogs every day and also be able to develop positive and educational relationships with clients.

Sarah - Assistant

Sarah was born and raised in Harrisburg N.C., she has been an animal lover her entire life. Her favorite part about being a technician is being able to help pets and educate pet owners. In her spare time, she enjoys baking. She’s pictured with her golden retriever, Kinzie.

Samantha- Assistant

Sam is originally from the Mooresville area and has been at Mooresville Animal Hospital for nearly 9 years.  She is hard working and dedicated to helping animals. Sam knew from an early age that she wanted to be involved in the veterinary field. In her spare time, she enjoys riding horses and spending time with her family.

Lisa - Assistant

Lisa has been at Mooresville Animal Hospital for nearly 2 years. She is originally from Long Island, NY, but moved to North Carolina in 2006. She has 2 years of Animal Science studies. She loves everything about her job, from playing with puppies to caring for senior pets and everything in between! When not at Mooresville Animal Hospital, Lisa enjoys spending time with her 2 sons, Hayden and Bentley.

Sam - Assistant

Sam was born in Virginia and spent most of her childhood moving around as a result of her father’s job in the Air Force. After joining the kennel team in the summer of 2019, she couldn’t be happier settling in boarders and helping the vet assistants with their daily tasks. She has two cats, a dog, and a tarantula. She enjoys crocheting and learning to be an amateur locksmith.

Austin- Assistant

Austin is originally from Cummings, GA. He brings a positive outlook to every situation he can and is always trying to make people smile. He loves that his job is to help man’s best friend. 

Brenda - Customer Service Representative

Brenda has been a receptionist at Mooresville Animal Hospital for over a year. She started her veterinary career 17 years ago. She is originally from Long Island, New York and moved to North Carolina 28 years ago. Brenda enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and when she has the time, she enjoys fishing, hiking, and gardening.

Tonya - Customer Service Representative

Tonya grew up in Concord, but now resides in China Grove. She has a background in early childhood education, but after 8 years, she made the choice to follow her passion for helping people and animals and enter the veterinary care field. She has now been involved in animal care for over 15 years. She loves being able help people throughout the journey of pet ownership. In her free time, Tonya enjoys crocheting and spending time with her family.

Sheena- Professional Groomer

Sheena has not only a talent for beautifully styling her customers, but she also makes them feel almost immediately comfortable and at ease with her kind demeanor.