A Caring Heart for Pets – Mercy Animal Hospital

July 27, 2022

Mercy Animal Hospital, owned by Dr. Miranda Trammel, is a full-service animal hospital that provides quality veterinary care.

A Passion for Pets and Her Hometown

Dr. Trammel grew up just a few minutes from Gardendale, in Forestdale, but her family frequently visited Gardendale for shopping, and one of her favorite stops was at Dairy Queen to grab a Blizzard. 

After graduating from Auburn University of Veterinary Medicine in 2004, Miranda decided to put down roots, Gardendale was the choice for her first home.

Before graduation, while working toward her medical degree, she dreamed of owning a small animal veterinary practice in her hometown. Loving her neighborhood, and being part of the community, Gardendale seemed like the perfect choice to also build her practice.

Seeking the advice of her childhood vet and mentor, Dr. Tom Fuqua shared that he, too, was contemplating a new practice, so they embarked on a joint venture.
Dr. Trammel shares, “Gardendale was the only choice I considered. I wanted to have a practice in MY town, the place I called home. The residents of Gardendale welcomed us with open arms from day one”.

Mercy Animal Hospital

The Hospital opened its doors in 2007 and the community quickly embraced the new clinic. It readily became apparent, as the clinic’s customer base expanded,  that an additional veterinarian was needed. 

Dr. Trammell realized the importance of hiring someone with a long-term interest in the practice since they were still so new.  She wanted the practice to have long-term familiar faces so that the customers and residents would recognize the family atmosphere. 

Dr. Brandon Mc Kim, a colleague from her former practice fit the bill. He joined the practice in 2009. 

The animal hospital has 4 Associate Veterinarians: 

  • Virginia Foster, UGHA
  • Robin Crider, LSU 
  • Hayley Fanning, AU
  • Alley O’Mary, AU
    Plus a mentor and friend, Dr. Stevan Parsons, shares his expertise on some Saturdays.

The Clinic Provides Many Services

The state-of-the-art Clinic is clean, well-maintained, and offers services at most levels for all types of animals.

  • Routine wellness                               
  • Microchips for pet identification
  • Check-up-Vaccines                         
  • Pharmacy
  • Surgery                                               
  • End-of-life planning
  • Internal medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Radiology
  • Boarding, grooming, and daycare programs

A Caring Place for Your Pets

While Mercy Animal hospital could have chosen other communities to open their hospital in, Gardendale seemed the best choice. The caring and compassion of the citizens, as well as the support, are given since its opening 15 years ago, validate this decision.

The hospital represents the human-pet relationship, and all members of the practice pledge to make sure each client understands all aspects of pet health.

Each pet is treated with not only the best medicine but with love and respect. The Clinic also opened Kent Farms Animal Hospital in Alabaster in November 2021. Mercy Animal Hospital is proud to serve not only Gardendale but the surrounding areas as well. 

They are open Monday-Friday- 8 am-5:30 pm, Saturday- 8 am-11:30 am.

They recommend all pets undergo an annual nose-to-tail wellness exam. More frequent exams are encouraged for pediatric, senior, and pets with special medical needs.

We at the NJP recommend giving them a call, and they won’t hesitate to help your pet. 


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