Joy Neely, DVM, has called East Texas home for most of her life. Upon graduation from Lindale High School, she attended Texas A&M University, graduating with a degree in Biomedical Science in 1998. After four years of veterinary school, she graduated in 2002 from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine.
Her career has had many twists and turns, resulting in unique experiences that have developed her skills and kept life interesting. She began her career as a small animal and equine practitioner. Later, she narrowed her focus to small animal medicine and veterinary practice ownership in the Denton area for several years before deciding to move back to East Texas.
Once back home, she continued her career in small animal medicine and surgery. She was also offered a position at the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler, Texas, as a veterinarian working on animals of all shapes and sizes! She has had the opportunity to work on everything from parakeets to elephants! This challenging job has honed her veterinary skills and knowledge of many new species. She continues to be a consulting zoo veterinarian at Caldwell Zoo but has made Animal Medical Center her home base to practice small animal and exotic pet medicine. Dr. Neely loves all aspects of veterinary medicine and the challenges it can bring on a day-to-day basis. Even after 20 years in the industry, she still loves the people, the pets, and the profession of veterinary medicine.
Dr. Neely is an active member in the American Veterinary Medical Association, Texas Veterinary Medical Association, and the East Texas Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Neely, her husband, Rex, and their 8-year-old son, Luke, are long-time members of Rose Heights Church in Lindale. The family enjoys helping Luke in the practice pen and hauling him to compete at youth rodeos across the state in their spare time. Most everything the family does centers around animals!