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We are proud that Dr. Hatcher was voted as a Finalist for Favorite Veterinarian in the 2012 & 2014 Rutheis awards.


Dr Mike Hatcher, DVM

Owner/ Hospital Administrator

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Dr. Mike Hatcher grew up here in Smyrna, TN.  His family moved here in 1980 when the area was not much more farm land.  Dr Hatcher graduated from LaVergne High School in 1993 and then attended Tennessee Tech University where he graduated with a BS in animal Science.  In 1996 he was accepted to the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, where he graduated in 2001.

After graduation Dr. Hatcher worked in a large multi-practice group in Clarksville, TN providing care to the pets of some of the service men and women of the 101st Airborne stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky.  In 2004, he and his wife, Stacey, opened Premier VetCare in its original location on Cedar Grove Road.  There they worked together to set the foundations to what is now Smyrna's Premier Veterinary Care facility.  The practice quickly grew from those humble beginning to the largest veterinary facility in North Rutherford county.

Dr Hatcher's interest revolve around veterinary surgery, wellness, and allergy management.  With his surgical experiences Premier VetCare offers one of the widest ranges of services in North Rutherford.  Dr Hatcher's surgical experiences include, General and Advanced Soft tissue, Orthopedic, and LASER surgery.  As our lead surgeon we have been able to provide care to many pets that would other wise suffered with out surgery.

Dr. Hatcher married another LaVergne High School graduate... Stacey Letson.  Mike, Stacey and their 4 sons look forward to improving the level of healthcare in the North Rutherford County Communities where they were raised. 

We are proud that Dr. Catron-Lowe was voted as a Favorite Veterinarian in 2015 & 2016, and Finalist in 2013 & 2014 Ruthies awards.


Dr. Laci Catron-Lowe, DVM

Medical Director / Staff & Externship Coordinator

Dr. Catron-Lowe joined Premier VetCare in September of 2009. She grew up in Knoxville, TN and graduated from The University of Tennessee in 2004 with a Bachelor in Agriculture with a concentration in Animal Science. She went on to get her DVM degree from The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. Her main veterinary interests are soft tissue surgery and medicine. She currently our Medical Director here at Premier VetCare and oversees veterinary students during their externship rotations in their clinical year of veterinary college. Dr. Catron-Lowe and her husband, Dwayne, are the proud parents of 3 kids, an English Bulldog, Bubbles, and two Cornish Rex cats, Gonzo and Jameriqoui.

Dr. Elise Knighton, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Elise Knighton joined our Team of Veterinarians in the summer of 2014 after she graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University.  Born and raised outside of Chicago, Illinois she graduated from Michigan State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and then completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2014. So, now you know why she doesn’t sound like the rest of us! She enjoys animals of all sizes, as not only did she have numerous dogs and cats growing up, but was lucky enough to have her own horse since the age of 10.  

Her main veterinary interests are surgery, ultrasound, and preventative medicine. Dr. Knighton was married in June 2014 and moved to Tennessee with her husband, Tom, and they currently reside in Murfreesboro.  In her spare time she and her husband enjoy spending time outside and playing with their puppy, Tony!

Dr. Stephanie Letarte, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Letarte is a Middle Tennessee local, growing up in the Franklin area.  She graduated with her DVM from University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014.   She then worked for a short time in a Equine Internship in Florida before joining our team in Januarary of 2015.  She has a strong interest in small animal medicine and surgery. 

In her spare time she keeps up her horses, and still practices a little equine work as a hobby.  

Dr. April Parks, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Parks grew up in Middle Tennessee in Wilson County. She was accepted to the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 and graduated in May 2016 with her DVM, and joined our team a few months later in June that year. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two miniature Dachshunds, Link and Zoey.


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Regular Business Hours are M-F 7:30 till 5:30 pm. After 5:30 pm there is an additional $15.00 Convenience Fee added to exam fees.

Appointments Preferred. Pets are seen in following order:
Life Threatening Emergencies, Appointments, Urgent Care Walk-ins, Wellness Walk-ins

When bringing your pets into our office, for their and the safety of other pets, please either have your pet leashed or in a pet carrier. Please ask our staff at check in for a leash if needed.

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