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Meet Our Team
Veterinarian/Owner- Barbra Karner, VMD
Dr. Karner grew up in Hopewell, but has lived and worked in the Butler area since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. She was in equine practice for 3 years. Shortly before having her first son, she entered small animal practice where she remained for 7 years. In 2008, Dr. Karner accepted the Medical Director position at the Vet Tech Institute in Pittsburgh. She directed this program for 6-1/2 years. Aside from general administration duties, her responsibilities included caring for a large number of dogs, cats, rabbits, farm animals and rodents. She instructed numerous courses, including both small and large animal surgery and medicine. Upon leaving the Vet Tech Institute, Dr. Karner joined a home euthanasia service for pets of all types. She feels that humane, dignified treatment of dying pets is sometimes overlooked in veterinary medicine and at home care during this time is best for the pet and the family. Dr. Karner continues to provide in home euthanasia services, but wanted to offer more for her clients. With much encouragement from family and friends, she made the decision in 2015 to open Muddy Creek Animal Clinic, LLC.
Outside of the office, Dr. Karner has been the volunteer Coordinator for the Butler County Animal Response Team since 2009 and an active member since 2007. She is a volunteer member and k-9 handler with Canine Aided Emergency Search and Rescue team. She and her Rhodesian Ridgeback, Epi, earned their trailing certification in 2014 as members of the International Police Work Dog Association. She is also a member of Meridian United Presbyterian Church.
At home, Dr. Karner lives with her husband, Tim, 3 sons and 1 daughter. The family shares their 6 acre farm with one horse, 2 cows, 8 chickens, 2 rabbits, 4 dogs, 2 cats, one frog and numerous fish. If she ever has free time, she likes to walk her dog and ride her bike.
Veterinarian - Abigail Davidson, DVM
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Abigail Davidson as the newest Veterinarian to join our team here at Muddy Creek Animal Clinic. She grew up in Ellwood City, PA and decided to pursue her professional education in the veterinary sciences far from home. In June of 2016, Dr. Davidson graduated from Ross University on the island of St. Kitts in the Southern Caribbean and completed her final clinical year in Dublin, Ireland. It comes as no surprise she has a passion for traveling! Dr. Davidson is happily looking for a permanent place to settle back home now where she lives with her Caribbean special needs dog, Stella; a 3-legged rescue dog, Rhys; one Dove and her 13 cats! Dr. Davidson is proudly accepting she is and always will be one crazy cat lady. Due to her love for felines, she takes a special interest in feline medicine. She also plans to further her knowledge in geriatrics, hospice and home care.
Head Technician- Theresa Cuffin, CVT
Theresa has been with us since she graduated at the top of her class from the Vet Tech Institute in Pittsburgh, December 2015. Theresa lives in Volant with her family, dogs, horses, cats and rabbits. She really enjoys working in surgery and helping people with new pets. Theresa passed the national board exam in March of 2016. This is a very difficult exam which she passed on the first attempt! She is licensed by the state of PA as a Certified Veterinary Technician.
Veterinary Assistant, Kayla Frederick
Kayla is a recent college graduate. While attending college she has completed a few internships that involved working with a variety of exotic animals. Prior to working at Muddy Creek, she worked at another veterinary clinic. She currently has one dog of her own, a golden doodle named Koda. In her spare time she enjoys planning her wedding and spending time with Koda.
Receptionist, Dawn Smith
Dawn is from Slippery Rock. She lives with her husband, dogs, cats, horses and chickens. Dawn is the smiling face you will see when you arrive. She is also the calm voice you will hear on the phone. Dawn is extremely well organized and keeps our office running smoothly, we would be lost without her!