About Bush Animal Clinic
Veterinarian in Albany, GA
Since 1971, Bush Animal Clinic has provided expert, compassionate veterinary care to humans and their furry friends in Albany, GA. Our clinic offers state-of-the-art veterinary medical care, executed by Dr. Steve Whatley and his team of highly skilled veterinarians, technicians and support staff. As animal lovers ourselves, we strive to treat every pet that enters our clinic like it’s our own. This means that when you visit Bush Animal Clinic, your pet will always receive the highest quality care possible.
“Voted “Best of the Best Veterinary Hospitals in Albany”
We pride ourselves in being one of the leading veterinary clinics in Albany, GA. We attribute this to our passion for what we do. As animal lovers, our profession is so much more than our day job. With every animal we see, we strive to treat them like our own.
Meet Our Veterinarians
Steve Whatley, DVM
Dr. Steve Whatley is a longtime member of the Bush Animal Clinic medical team. Dr. Whatley first joined the staff as a veterinary assistant in 1991 and, after completing his veterinary education, returned to the hospital as a general practitioner in 1998. He grew up in Albany, Georgia and attended Darton College, where he earned an Associate’s Degree in Pre-Veterinary Medicine, and Georgia Southwestern State University, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. He completed his veterinary education at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. His professional interests include orthopedic surgery, ultrasonography and cardiology.
Dr. Whatley is active in numerous professional and community organizations. He has served on the board of directors of the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association and is a member of the South Georgia Veterinary Medical Association, the Dougherty County Veterinary Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association. He is also a member and past president of the Albany Kiwanis Club and is active in the Gillionville Baptist Church.
Outside the hospital, Dr. Whatley’s hobbies include spending time on his farm, hunting, and being with his wife, Robin, and their children Emily and Dawson. The family also includes four dogs, Sam, Eliza, Sophie, and Luke.
Ivy Harris Chupp, DVM
A general practitioner at Bush Animal Clinic since 2008, Dr. Ivy Harris Chupp is a native of Albany, Georgia. She attended Darton College, where she earned an Associate’s Degree in Pre-Veterinary Medicine, and Georgia Southwestern State University, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology in 2004. Dr. Chupp continued her education at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and she was awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. Her professional interests include neurology and behavior.
Dr. Chupp loves spending time outdoors when she’s not caring for pets at the hospital. She particularly enjoys hunting and fishing. Her hobbies also include shopping and cooking. At home, she and her husband, Jay, enjoy the companionship of their four dogs, Lola, Josie, Molly, and Eagle. Dr. Chupp has two sons, Colson and Hudson.
Amber Nicole Love, DVM
Being a part of the human-animal bond between clients and their pets is one of the most rewarding aspects of Dr. Amber Nicole Love’s veterinary career. Originally from Ochlocknee, GA, Dr. Love attended Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College where she made the dean’s list and graduated with a bachelor’s of science degree in 2007. She then went on to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013 and joined our staff in May.
“My childhood dream was to grow up and become a veterinarian,” Dr. Love said. “I feel honored to have entered this profession and to take care of people’s beloved pets every day.”
At home, Dr. Love enjoys the company of her pets, Jax, Ace, Emma, Brutus, and Susie. In her free time, she loves to play with her two children, Riley and Miles, attends Christ United Methodist Church, and hunts with her husband.
Meet Our Team
Denise Wally, Practice Manager
Denise Wally is the practice manager for Bush Animal Clinic. A member of the staff since 1995, Denise hails from Albany and loves working with the caring veterinarians and friendly staff at the hospital. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family, her husband, and her dog, Louie.
Kaley Hart, Receptionist
Our receptionist, Kaley Hart, joined our team at Bush Animal Clinic in 2009. She has one dog named Herschel. In her spare time, Kaley loves spending time with her two daughters and husband. She also enjoys volunteering for the community and is a member of Christ United Methodist Church.
Sarah Specht, Receptionist
A team member since April 2016, Sarah Specht loves the staff and family environment at Bush Animal Clinic. Helping people and their pets bring her joy. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, Karlee, and taking care of peoples’ pets.
Deborah Bradfield, Hospital Manager
Originally from West Palm Beach, Florida, Deborah Bradfield is the hospital manager at Bush Animal Clinic. A member of the staff since 1995, she has worked in all areas of the hospital. She enjoys working with the friendly staff and loves meeting the clients and pets that come into the hospital. She shares her home with a number of pets, including dogs Gurlee, Tootie, and Sky, and her cats. Deborah’s hobbies include gardening, bird watching, and going to Church.
Chrissa Varnadoe, Groomer
Groomer Chrissa Varnadoe joined the Bush Animal Clinic staff in 2002. A native of Sylvester, Chrissa enjoys working with the caring, friendly staff at the hospital and likes knowing she makes a difference in the lives of the clients and their pets. Chrissa’s animal companions include Envy, a Bulldog, and Lolly, a Chihuahua. At home, she enjoys spending time with family, fishing, 4-wheeling, shopping and grilling.
Rebecca Walker, Veterinary Assistant
A native of Albany, veterinary assistant Rebecca Walker has helped care for pets at Bush Animal Clinic since 2006. She enjoys working with animals and likes the friendly environment at the hospital. Outside of work, Rebecca likes to read and spend time with her husband and daughter. She has two dogs, Tuffy and Sam.
Chasity Freeman, Veterinary Assistant
Chasity Freeman has been a veterinary assistant at Bush Animal Clinic since 2002. She loves working with the hospital’s friendly staff and enjoys caring for animals each day. When she’s not at the hospital, Chasity can be found hanging out with her three dogs, Gauge, Lucy, and Angus, spending time with her friends and family and boating.
Paul Langley, Veterinary Assistant
Veterinary Assistant Paul Langley joined the team at Bush Animal Clinic in March of 2012. “I love animals, I always have,” Paul said. “I enjoy having a part in making sure our client’s pets are taken care of in the best way possible. And when an animal comes in that knows me and is happy to see me, it’s a great feeling.”
Paul has seven cats and two dogs, and he relaxes by grilling, spending time with his two children, watching sports and taking walks in the woods.
Kristin McCray, Kennel Technician
Kristin McCray is a kennel technician at Bush Animal Clinic. She joined our team in August, 2014 and has 15 years of experience in the animal care field. Kristin has two dogs, River and Klyde. She also has three horses, Dakota, Big Jake, and Bubba, and a cat named Depot. In her free time she enjoys riding her horses, fishing and hunting.
Jordan Hardin, Kennel Technician
Jordan Hardin joined Bush Animal Clinic in June 2013. He has five dogs, Annabelle, Dolly, Ember, Nilo, and Sissy, and three cats, Tornado, Smokey, and Grimey. Currently attending Southern Regional Tech, Jordan enjoys fishing, hunting, and camping.
Emily Whatley, Secretary
Emily, Dr. Whatley’s daughter, loves working for Bush Animal Clinic because, “It prepares me for my future, grows my mind to understand more things about life, and helps me become a better adult by teaching me commitment and working skills.” She is a sophomore at Sherwood Christian School and loves theatre, tennis, traveling, babysitting, and leading worship with her Church youth group. Emily’s pets include a Yorkie named Sophie, a Cockapoo named Sam, an American Bulldog called Eliza, a Doberman named Luke, and a Birddog named Feathers.
Tessa Hayes is currently in 11th grade at Lee Co High. She started in June 2016 and has aspirations of becoming a veterinarian. Tessa has always loved animals and working with them. Her hobbies include nature walking, reading, and dog sitting.
Kimberly Smith joined the Bush Animal Clinic staff in June 2016. She loves the people and the staff is like family. Kimberly really enjoys spending time with all of the pets. She has four dogs, Rocky, Lilly, Emma, and Two Bits. In her free time, Kimberly enjoys horseback riding, hunting, fishing, and reading.
Kristina is always taking care of the animals on her Papa’s farm, so working at Bush Animal Clinic makes her feel right at home. She has a Chihuahua named Daisey and likes to fish, go to the beach, and hang out with friends.
Martha loves coming to work at Bush Animal Clinic and spending time with animals. Currently a sophomore at Sherwood Christian School, Martha enjoys school, listening to music, and hanging out with her friends. She has one pet named Rose.