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Meet the Compassionate Veterinarians & Veterinary Staff Who Care for Your Pets

Professional Development

Our Doctors and Team Members attend multiple Continuing Education Seminars throughout the year. We are one of the first clinics in Texas to have all of our Team Members working through the Certified Veterinary Assistant Training. At this time, the CVA program has three levels that were designed by the Texas Veterinary Medical Association to increase the skill level and knowledge of Veterinary Assistants.

Dr. J. M. Morton, Sr., D.V.M.

Dr. J. M. Morton, Sr., D.V.M.

Dr. Morton received his Bachelor of Science in 1967 and graduated from Texas A &M University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1969. As the owner of Morton Small Animal Clinic, Dr. Morton has a special interest in veterinary dentistry and surgery. Dr. Morton is happy to be practicing with his son.

In his spare time, Dr. Morton enjoys gardening—he is especially fond of raising black-eyed peas and watermelons!—and taking care of his cattle.


Dr. J. M. Morton, D.V.M

Dr. J. M. Morton, D.V.M

Dr. J. M. Morton, D.V.M. is a 2008 graduate of Texas A & M University. After graduation he joined a mixed animal practice in Wharton, Texas for 3 years before coming to Morton Small Animal Clinic May 1, 2011. He grew up in Athens and was a 1999 graduate of Athens High School.

Dr. Morton enjoys sports and is happy to be back in his home town and practicing veterinarian medicine with his Dad.


Erica Dumeyer, D.V.M.

Dr. Erica Dumeyer, D.V.M.

Dr. Erica Dumeyer recently moved to Athens from her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. She was born and reared in Kentucky where she spent most of her summers down at her familyŐs farm riding horses and competing in wakeboarding. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Western Kentucky University in 2010 where she was a collegiate varsity equestrian athlete and on the varsity wakeboard team. She then attended Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine where she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.

She thoroughly enjoys hunting, equestrian sports, wakeboarding, soccer, football, basketball, and playing outside with her two big dogs Sarge and Kodi.

Dr. Seth Shirey, D.V.M.

Dr. Seth Shirey, D.V.M.

Dr. Seth Shirey was born in Quincy, Illinois and lived in his hometown of Canton, MO for 20+ years. This is where Dr. Shirey discovered his love for animals, at a young age Dr. Shirey knew his calling was in veterinary medicine and he started work cleaning kennels at the local veterinary office. He graduated from Canton High School and went on to attend University of Missouri where he graduated with a degree in veterinary medicine. After graduating, he returned to his hometown and became an associate at the local veterinary office where he first found his animal calling. Dr. Shirey practiced large and small animal medicine for 7 years at this local clinic before moving with his wife, Heather, and son, Colin, to Athens, TX.

Dr. Shirey enjoys golfing, reading, and spending time with family and friends during his free time.

Laurie Kyle, Client Relations/Veterinary Assistant

Laurie Kyle, Client Relations/Veterinary Assistant

Laurie Kyle has been with Morton Small Animal Clinic since 1995 and has worked in the veterinary field for 25 years. She is currently working as a Veterinary Assistant as a CVA II. Laurie particularly enjoys seeing misplaced pets find forever homes and she strongly believes in micro chipping pets.


Vicki Thompson, Office Manager

Vicki Thompson, Office Manager

Vicki Thompson has been with Morton Small Animal Clinic since 1996 and is currently working as Office Manager. A CVA Level I, Vicki enjoys working with pets and their owners.

Vicki lives in Crossroads and has two children, five grandchildren, four dogs, and one miniature parrot.


Lynda Frost, Assistant Office Manager

Lynda Frost, Assistant Office Manager

Lynda has been an employee at Morton Small Animal Clinic since March 2003, and is a CVA Level 1 Veterinary Assistant. Her duties also include ordering supplies and taking care of errands for the clinic. In addition, she has been a loyal, long-standing client of Dr. Morton, bringing her pets to him since 1986! Lynda has always had a love for animals.

Lynda has three daughters, three grandchildren, 7 dogs, and two cats. She has been happily married for 33 years.


Kira Hatcher, Veterinary Assistant

Kira Hatcher, Veterinary Assistant

Kira joined the staff at Morton Small Animal Clinic in 2012. At the age of 14, she started volunteer work at a local veterinary clinic and she has been working in veterinary clinics ever since. Kira has two children and is engaged to be married. Her family has one Bassett hound and an orange tabby cat.


Terry Gerich, Veterinary Assistant

Terry Gerich, Veterinary Assistant

Terry joined the staff at Morton Small Animal Clinic in 2012. She has been married for 26 years. She has a son, daughter and one granddaughter. Terry enjoys the outdoors and likes fishing and cooking. The family has three dogs and two cats and she considers herself fortunate to be able to work with animals every day. She says that working at Morton Small Animal Clinic is a blessing.

If there is a heaven, it's certain our animals are to be there. Their lives become so interwoven with our own, it would take more than an archangel to detangle them.
— Pam Brown


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