Welcome to Priest Lake Veterinary Hospital, PLLC
Your Veterinarian in Antioch, TN 
Call us at (615) 361-4646

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, Kopp, and Tamas 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.

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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. 

   Dr. Van Pennington
  Dr. Logan Kopp
Dr. Sara Tamas

                                                                    

                                       

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

Meet Our Veterinarians

  • Dr.
    Logan Kopp

    A Nashville native, Dr. Kopp may be a new veterinarian on staff at Priest Lake Veterinary Hospital, but he's not new to the hospital, having worked in various roles here prior to earning his doctorate in veterinary medicine at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville (UTK). While at UTK, Dr. Kopp was also honored with seven awards in excellence, including the AVCIM Internal Medicine Award in Small Animal Medicine, the Cardiology Veterinary Student Award, the Excellence in Dentistry and Oral Surgery award, the Community Practice Student Clinician of the year award, the Merck award, the Small Animal Faculty Award of Excellence and membership into Phi Zeta (the veterinary honor society). 

    He is also RECOVER certified in both basic and advanced life support having undergone additional training in CPR for both dogs and cats.

    Upon graduation, Dr. Kopp has returned to Nashville, and is excited to bring the newest features of veterinary medicine to Priest Lake to help further the care of his patients. He's passionate about every aspect of small, exotic and large animal medicine, including internal medicine, cardiology, dermatology, radiology, oncology, ophthalmology, anesthesiology and dentistry.

    In his free time, Dr. Kopp enjoys spending time on his farm, where he and his wife Amy are teaching their young son Grady how to care for their extended family of 25+ chickens, three goats, several rabbits, two horses, four cats, two fish and four dogs.

    Dr. Kopp looks forward to helping you care for your dog, cat, rabbit, guinea pig, mouse, rat, chicken, gerbil, sugar glider, hedgehog or ferret!

    Dr. Kopp is a proud member of Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians!

  • Dr. Sara Tamas

    A native of Knoxville, Dr Sara Tamas received her BS in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee, then graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984.  She is a proud UT fan!  Dr Tamas practiced in Missouri briefly before returning to Tennessee and founded Village Veterinary Clinic in Mt Juliet which she owned and operated for 19 years.  During those years, she was one of the few veterinarians in the Nashville area who saw exotic pets, so she established a large clientele before selling her practice in 2006.  She is very excited to join the team at Priest Lake and develop relationships with clients and help owners keep their pets healthy. 

    Dr Tamas lives in Mt Juliet with her husband Jim and their Irish Setter, Rogan, and three cats.   She has previously owned an African Grey parrot, many turtles and cockatiels, an African Spur-thighed Tortoise and several Bearded Dragons.  She also used to breed and show Longhaired Dachshunds and Giant Schnauzers.  While she enjoys seeing exotics, her area of special interest is surgery and feline medicine, she's definitely a cat person! 
    Dr Tamas has two grown children who are artists in the Northeast.  In her free time she enjoys traveling, sailing, snow skiing and hiking. 

  • Dr.
    Van Pennington
    DVM

    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!

Location

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Office Hours

Monday:

7:30 am-7:00 pm

Tuesday:

7:30 am-7:00 pm

Wednesday:

7:30 am-7:00 pm

Thursday:

7:30 am-7:00 pm

Friday:

7:30 am-7:00 pm

Saturday:

7:30 am-1:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed

Testimonials

  • "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

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