“The Care Your Pets Deserve”
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, Finance Manager
Denise Wally is the finance 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, Hospital Manager
Our hospital manager, 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.
Rebecca Walker, Head Technician
A native of Albany, veterinarian 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, Veterinarian Assistant
Chasity Freeman has been a veterinarian 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, Patient Care Director
Paul is our Patient Care Director. Paul is responsible for the health and well-being of the patients while here.
Paul enjoys spending time with his family, human and fury. Playing music and grilling with his friends.
Bryan Vann, Veterinarian Assistant
Bryan is from Leesburg, Ga., and graduated from Lee County High School. He started with Bush Animal Clinic July 16, 2018. He enjoys helping with the pets and getting to know them. He relaxes at home by spending time with his six cats, Rascal, Lil Bit, Boo, Gizzy, Hope, Lizzy, and EE.
Kristin McCrary, Veterinarian Assistant, Groomer
Kristin McCrary is a veterinarian assistant and groomer 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.
Paige Johnston, veterinary assistant
Paige Johnston is a veterinary assistant who hails from Leesburg, Georgia and is a 2018 graduate of Lee County High School. She has been with Bush Animal Clinic since October 2018, and enjoys the work environment and family type atmosphere. In her spare time, Paige likes to go to mud bogs with friends and spend time with her family. She has three cats, Phatz, Mayzie, Sizzy, and a black lab named Baleigh.
Crystal Hooks, Veterinarian Assistant
Our vet assistant crystal hooks started in 2019. She loves animals in is married with one kid in her spare time she enjoys hanging out with her family and traveling.
I enjoy my job very much! I love all animals and this is what I love doing. The job I have at bush is one I see myself being here for a very long time.
Lacey Kimsey, client service coordinator
Our client service coordinator Lacey Kimsey join the clinic in 2019 she loves animals has one dog named Zoe and is married with 3 kids. She enjoys spending time with her family friends and biggest hobby is crafting string art painting and making people laugh.