Sherle R. Thompson, Veterinarian & Owner

A “hometown girl,” Dr. Sherle R. Thompson grew up in nearby Hixson and remembers always bringing new animals home as a child.

“I have always known I would be a vet, since as far back as I can remember,” she says.

Dr. Thompson completed her undergraduate studies in Animal Science at Auburn University in 1993, and earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine at the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. Upon graduating, she spent time doing relief work for local veterinary hospitals and opening her own mobile veterinary practice. Dr. Thompson joined the staff of South Rhea Animal Hospital in 2000, becoming an owner in 2005. Three years later she was instrumental in the founding and building of Sequoyah Animal Hospital. Dr. Thompson is now our animal hospital’s primary owner and manager.

“I like the challenge of diagnosing cases, being able to come up with a treatment plan and seeing the results,” she says.

Dr. Thompson is a member of the American, Tennessee, and Hamilton Veterinary Medical Associations. Her veterinary interests include internal medicine, reproduction, and cosmetic surgery.

“More recently, I’ve become involved in reproduction, especially focusing on working dogs such as German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois and Dutch Shepherds,” she says. “Soon we will be adding semen collection, frozen semen services, etc. to our hospital.”

Dr. Thompson raises German Shepherds and enjoys the orthopedic challenges the breed presents. She specializes in PennHip radiographs and frequently has clients who travel from out of state for orthopedic evaluations

When she has free time, Dr. Thompson enjoys movies, eating out with friends, camping, and water sports as well as competing in dog sports. Her primary competition dog (pictured here) is Hollywood.

Jessica Kleiner, Associate Veterinarian

Growing up in Dandridge, Tennessee, Dr. Jessica Kleiner knew she wanted to become a veterinarian at a young age. “I started volunteering in a small animal clinic when I was 12 years old.”

Dr. Kleiner studied biology and psychology at East Tennessee State University before she went to veterinary school at the University of Tennessee. She is a member of the AVMA, Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association, and Hamilton County Veterinary Medical Association.

She joined our team in May 2014. Her veterinary interests include hospice care and chronic conditions. “Almost every case is different; even if two pets have the same diagnosis, picking the best treatment plan may vary widely between two different homes,” she says. “I love finding creative ways to tailor medicine to each pet or family.”

Dr. Kleiner spends her free time with her husband, mountain biking, camping, and kayaking. The couple has two 10-year-old shorthair cats, Ember and Flame, as well as a 1-year-old beagle mix named Cheez-It.

Alexandra Cox, Associate Veterinarian

In May of 2018, Dr. Cox join the team here at Sequoyah Animal Hospital. She, too, is a Georgia graduate (but her dad is a big Auburn Fan so it is keeping the rivalry here at Sequoyah balanced).

When she joined the team, she was thrown in headfirst. We were in the middle of making several changes to the operation of the hospital – between expanding the building, adding several new technicians, and new hospital equipment among other things, it was a sink or swim moment. We have found that she is more than up to the challenges.

Don’t hesitate to stop in and say “Hi” to Dr. Cox if you are in the area!