Meet Our Boone Veterinarians
The veterinarians that staff Animal Emergency and Pet Care Clinic of the High Country are highly-trained and qualified medical professionals who are committed to animal care. Our veterinarians are handpicked to join our animal hospital because of their dedication to the level of care that we are committed to at our practice. We invite you to explore the bios below to learn more about each one of the doctors that provide care to your furry friend.
David W. Linzey, DVM
Education: North Carolina State University
Dr. Linzey is a 1994 graduate of the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Raleigh, NC. Since that time, he has practiced small animal and emergency medicine in Taylorsville and Hickory, NC. Dr. Linzey and his wife, Debi, established the emergency clinic in 2005 and reside in Boone, NC. They have two daughters: Holly is a registered nurse in Denver, CO and Lindsey is a registered dietician and nutrition counselor in Arlington, VA. Dr. Linzey is active in the organized veterinary medicine community and is a past-president of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association. He continues to support North Carolina veterinarians by planning and coordinating continuing education conferences and works closely with the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine with ongoing training events. Outside of work, Dr. Linzey enjoys traveling, SCUBA diving, camping, hiking, beekeeping, beer brewing and spending time with his family and two dogs, Chena and Tanka.
Emily Beard, DVM
Education: Iowa State University
Dr Emily Beard recently joined AEPCC doing part time GP and emergency. She is originally from the Boston area, and graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012, she also has a Masters of Public Health from the University of Iowa. She practiced in a small mixed animal practice in rural northern Maine for two years before relocating away from the snow to the Wilkesboro area.
Leah Edwards, DVM, CVA
Education: St. George's University
Dr. Edwards earned her degree in veterinary medicine from St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies and completed a one-year clinical training at Oregon State University. She has experience working with small animals and equine and her continuing education has explored soft tissue surgery, cholecystectomies, internal medicine, bone plating, ultrasound imaging, dentistry, and reproduction. She also has certification in veterinary acupuncture from Colorado State University and a special interest in pet laser therapy. She is a member of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management. When she isn’t working, Dr. Edwards enjoys spending time outside mountain biking, trail running, skiing, rock climbing, and doing Cross Fit. She and her partner Seth own three dogs.
Eryn Edman, DVM
Education: Washington State University
Dr. Edman recently joined AEPCC doing primarily Emergency work. She is originally from Salt Lake City, UT. Dr. Edman graduated from Washington State University in 2014 and then moved to Los Angeles for a small animal rotating internship at ASG (Animal Specialty Group). After the completion of a one-year surgical internship at Carolina Veterinary Specialist Dr. Edman decided to move to Boone for the mountains. She enjoys winter sports, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and being outside in general.
Bob Messenger, DVM
Bob was born in Charlotte and was taught by the nuns at Saint Patrick's Catholic Church up until junior high school year, then he spent three very productive years in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public School system. High school happened for Bob in Medina, OH. It was during those 4 years that he committed to the pursuit of veterinary medicine as a career.
Following high school, Bob entered the Ohio State University, and eventually earned his Doctor's degree in Veterinary Medicine, in 1974. Immediately following graduation, Bob entered the United States Army Veterinary Corps, and served 3 years, which concluded at Fort Greeley, Alaska. It was in Alaska that Bob met Karen Bond, his bride-to-be. They married and lived in a tiny trailer in Delta Junction, Alaska. Bob worked his own ambulatory veterinary service in the Alaskan bush and treated any and all species, any time, any place, and any where, occasionally by dog sled. Their daughter, Kristen, let it be known that she would be making her entry into their lives in 1980, and they decided to raise their family back in his home town of Charlotte. There was no veterinary work available, except for a new emergency clinic located near Presbyterian Hospital, called the Charlotte Emergency Veterinary Clinic. It was a "temporary" job. Bob stayed there for 20 wonderful years, before moving to other opportunities, also in emergency and critical care medicine.
Daughter Kristen is now Doctor Kristen Messenger, professor of veterinary anesthesiology at the North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine. Her younger brother, Kevin, who is also an N.C. State graduate, is completing his Ph. D in herpetology jointly at Alabama A&M University, and the University of Nanching, in the Szechuan Province of China. Bob and Karen are very proud. "I hear babies crying, I watch them grow; they'll learn much more than I'll ever know, and I think to myself, what a wonderful world" (Louis Armstrong).
Karen and Bob share their home in Mint Hill with a Jack Russell Terrier, a Welsh Corgi, a 3 legged cat, and a small snake collection. When Bob's not on the ER floor, he enjoys working a year-round vegetable garden, cooking, cycling, following the Red Sox and the Buckeyes, working with Boy Scouts, and snake hunting with Kevin.
Shelley Calloway, DVM
Education: North Carolina State University
Shelley Calloway, DVM is a 1999 graduate of the North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Calloway was born and raised in Apex, NC. She practiced small animal medicine and surgery in the Apex area until about 4 years ago and started Calloway Veterinary Relief Services, PC in 2011 after moving to the mountains. Dr. Calloway and her husband, Derick, live on Watauga Lake with their dog, Martini Marie, and 3 cats, Aiden, Finnegan and Gravy. She enjoys Pilates, hiking, and relaxing on the lake in her free time.
Kelly Sulik, DVM
Education: Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Kelly Sulik is a magna cum laude graduate of the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a native North Carolinian who currently resides in Tryon, NC, where she owns and operates a mobile small animal clinic. She has family in Boone, and enjoys practicing emergency medicine by doing relief work at the Animal Emergency and Pet Care Clinic of the High Country. She spends her free time riding her horse, Brio, and spending time with her four dogs and her partner, Scott.
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