Priest Lake Veterinary Hospital

Full service veterinary hospital treating dogs, cats, pocket pets and exotics.

Welcome to Priest Lake Veterinary Hospital, PLLC
Your Veterinarian in Antioch, TN 
Call us at (615) 361-4646
Spanish Speakers Welcome!
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If you live in Antioch, Tennessee, or the surrounding area then you have picked the perfect place to find high quality veterinary care for your pets. Drs., Pennington, Haggard and Harper are all highly experienced and qualified veterinarians who treat cats, dogs, birds, bearded dragons, snakes, rabbits, ferrets, hedgehogs, sugar gliders, chinchillas, guinea pigs and other small pocket pets. Your pet's health and well being is very important to us and we will take every step to provide your pets with the best possible care available in Nashville.

Priest Lake Veterinary Hospital is a full service animal hospital founded in 1974 by Dr. Herbert McCollum. We accept both emergency cases as well as less urgent medical, surgical, and dental issues. We utilize state of the art medical equipment including Digital General Radiology, Digital Dental Radiology, Radiosurgery, Ophthalmic tonometry, Endoscopy and Ultrasound.


We have a number of resources for you to learn about how to take better care of your pets. We provide an extensive library of pet health articles and pet videos on our website. We believe that the best veterinary care for animals starts with proper nutrition and proactive treatments. Please call us at 361-4646 or drop us an email with any questions or concerns that you may have at [email protected].

Our Antioch hospital has great access from both Bell and Murfreesboro roads - you can find easy directions on our Contact Us page. We are located next to Ezell Harding Christian School in Antioch, Tennessee

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At Priest Lake Veterinary Hospital, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are. Please let us know if you would like a personal tour of our hospital.

                                                                       Dr. Van Pennington
                                                                      Dr. Amanda Harper
Dr. Stacy Haggard

Priest Lake Veterinary Hospital | 615-361-4646
2445 Morris Gentry Blvd
Antioch, TN 37013

Meet Our Veterinarians

  • Dr. Stacy Haggard

    A middle Tennessee native, Dr. Stacy Haggard worked as an assistant in multiple Nashville and Murfreesboro veterinary clinics gaining experience that would help prepare her for a career in veterinary medicine.  She completed her undergraduate studies at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville where she was awarded a Bachelor’s degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology. She earned her DVM from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. After her graduation, Dr. Haggard worked as staff veterinarian in a local animal shelter.  She began working at Priest Lake in June 2014.  After three years, Dr. Haggard took a position closer to her home but missed the wonderful staff and clients here at PLVH.  She is very excited to rejoin the team at Priest Lake Veterinary Hospital.

    Dr. Haggard loves animals of all kinds.  She and her husband Chris share their home with four dogs, three cats, a lizard, and an aquarium full of saltwater fish.   In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, traveling, and baking. 

  • Dr.
    Van Pennington

    Ever since Dr. Pennington could remember he wanted to become a Veterinarian. His compassion for healing and helping animals made him realize at the age of 14 that this is what he wanted to do. He was hired on and worked hard in this same clinic in clean-up for 5 years just to learn anything he could before he entered college.

    Dr. Pennington did his undergraduate studies at Vol. State Community College and at U.T. Martin and graduated from the University of Tennessee's Veterinary program.

    After college Dr. Pennington returned to Priest Lake Veterinary Hospital and is now a clinic owner along with Dr. McCollum.

    Dr. Pennington treats all types of pets- he has a special interest in exotic species, and currently owns a number of exotic pets personally, such as reptiles, birds, and pocket pets.

    He and his wife have 2 sons who love pets as much as their parents!

  • Dr.
    Amanda Harper

    A Mississippi native, Dr. Harper moved to the Nashville area to practice small animal veterinary medicine to be closer to her husband and family. From the moment her childhood pet dog died, Dr. Harper knew she'd found her calling as a veterinarian. Her love for animals continued to grow as she brought a variety of pets home to care for.

    Dr. Harper began working in a small animal veterinary hospital in her hometown of Meridian, MS, during her undergraduate studies. During this time, she received a Bachelors degree in Biological Sciences at Mississippi State University and went on the complete her veterinary studies, earning a DVM at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine in May of 2017.

    Dr. Harper is interested in all small animals and exotics and aspires to make a positive impact in the lives of pets and their families through veterinary medicine.

    Dr. Harper lives in Nashville with her husband and two dogs, a deaf Boston Terrier and a Husky/Border Collie mixed breed who have all been influential to the success in her career. The Harpers enjoy family time, being outdoors, and traveling.


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  • "After relocating to Nashville a little over 2 years ago, the doctors and staff at Priest Lake Vet have been wonderful. We have had consistently positive experiences with routine care for our older cats; and more recently, with care for a new kitten.
    They have been amazing with our toddler (who is learning to take care of her kitty), and always have accommodating scheduling, great pricing, and exemplary care for our animals."
    Katie S
  • "Amazing staff, very thorough and great to my pup!"
    Jeff W
  • "Dr. Pennington is an amazing exotic veterinarian. He took his time and thoroughly and carefully examined my baby black capped conure Han Solo. He explained to me all of the potential medical conditions his breed can experience and he explained in detail how to keep him safe and healthy. During Solo’s physical exam he explained what he was seeing (or not seeing) and showed me all of his different body parts and the role they play in a bird’s anatomy. Dr. Pennington was personable and friendl"
    Stephanie S
  • "Wonderful people. Very caring, and they were more than reasonable price wise. I have always been able to get a same day appointment and they were super sweet with the stray dog me and my son brought in."
    Audrey G
  • "I can’t say enough awesome things about this place! I am always greeted immediately by a friendly face, the nurses and doctors are so smart and they truly care about your pet’s health. They take the time to answer any questions you might have and explain everything. I’m moving to Franklin soon, but I’m still going to use them as my cat’s veterinarian!"
    Shawna R
  • "Dr. Pennington is always great. As well as the staff. We trust him with all of our pets. We love PRIEST LAKE VETERINARY!"
    Inez S.
  • "You don't know what it means to us to have all of you be so caring. Guess that's way we have been with all of you for 35 years plus!"
    Barbara H. / Antioch, TN
  • ""I feel like the doctors and staff are very thorough and thoughtful. They care for almost any kind of pet. They are well trained.""
    Angela R
  • ""We've been taking our puppy here, and everyone is so friendly!""
    Rachel C
  • ""Great Veterinarian services and boarding! They treat your pet's as if they are their own! I love and highly recommend it!""
    Terry G
  • ""Absolutely the friendliest and well informed Veterinarian I've been to.""
    Shane H
  • ""We’ve been trusting these vets with our dog (child) Destin for ten years. They always take the best care of him and they put his anxieties at ease by always assuring he is separate from all other animals. This year when he had to be sedated for some dental work they were nice enough to let me camp out in the lobby all day. They truly care about our pets and about us as well.""
    Daryl D
  • ""Only vet in Nashville that sees hedgies, and they take great care of my baby""
    Ariel D