The Crocker Animal Clinic was originally established in
September 1990 by Drs. Daniel and Roni Crocker. Their vision
build a facility that could provide state-of-the-art health
services for both large and small animal patients and to
permanent establishment in our community.
In 1992 we hired our first associate, Dr. Lloyd Elliott. Dr. Elliott became a partner in July 1997. Crocker Animal Hospital LLP became our established name at that time. Dr. Karen Reesor became a partner in April 2003. Dr. Amy Wyatt became a partner in February 2009.
Since inception, our goals have remained focused on growth, continued addition of services for our clients, and providing a learning environment for our staff. In August 1999 we opened Crocker Animal Hospital LLP at Scottsville, Kentucky. This facility serves as a fully functional and equipped satellite for our main hospital. Crocker Animal Hospital LLP Large Animal (affectionately called “the Rancho”) is a new facility opened in April 2003 to better serve our large animal patients and owners and to provide a center of community service to our clients.
Growth and service will continue to be a part of our future and well as part of our history.
Dr. Dan Crocker
Dr. Dan Crocker is a native of Franklin, KY. He is
the third son of Helen and the late Dr. Kenneth Crocker.
Dan” graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1979 and
the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in
1983. Professionally, Dr. Dan Crocker is interested in all
areas of small and large animal veterinary practice. The
majority of his work continues to be with equine and food
and embryo transfer.
Dr. Dan Crocker is married to Dr. Roni Crocker and they have a son and a daughter. The Crockers have raised their kids along with sheep, horses, cows, hay and grapes on a working farm in the Hickory Flatts community in East Simpson County. His hobbies include playing the guitar and banjo, farming and travel.
Dr. Roni M. Crocker, D.V.M.
Dr. Roni Crocker is Dr. Dan Crocker’s wife and co-founder
Crocker Animal Hospital. Her educational background
a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Eastern Kentucky
1980 and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio
University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1984. Dr. Roni
is a native
of Vandalia, Ohio. She is licensed to practice in Ohio,
Tennessee. Dr. Roni and Dr. Dan Crocker married shortly
graduated from veterinary school and she has practiced in
since. Her professional career started in Richmond, KY as an
veterinarian in an AAHA practice. She and Dr. Dan started a
animal practice in Jackson Co., KY in 1986 that was donated
community after moving back to Franklin in 1987. The Crocker
Hospital was opened in 1990. Dr. Roni’s professional
interests are in
small animal surgery and hospital administration.
Dr. Roni and Dr. Dan have lived on a farm in Simpson County since 1987. They have two children. The Crockers produce grapes, wine, lamb, grass finished beef and warmblood horses on their farm. Dr. Roni’s spare time is spent with her children, raising market lambs and developing dressage horses for sale and competition. She is an active FFA alumni member and an enthusiastic supporter of Franklin Simpson High School’s Band program and Simpson County’s 4H program. Dr. Crocker loves to ride horses, read, draw, jog and travel.
Dr. Lloyd Elliott
Dr. Elliott grew up on a farm in southern middle
Tennessee. He attended the University of Tennessee where he
received a B.S in Animal Science followed by his DVM in
He moved to Franklin, Kentucky after graduation and has
Crocker Animal Hospital ever since.
Dr. Elliott enjoys both small and large animal practice. His passion is surgery with a special interest in small animal orthopedic surgery.
When not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife Laura Benton and twin sons, hiking, camping, and traveling. He has two dogs—a boxer named Woody and a goldendoodle named Goldie and sibling long hair cats Peanut Butter and KitKat.
Dr. Karen Reesor is originally from Barren County, Ky. She
attended Western Kentucky University for her pre-veterinary
undergraduate studies. She attended Auburn University
Veterinary Medicine in 1996. She practiced in Brandenburg,
Ky. for 2
years. She started working at Crocker Animal Hospital in
became a partner in 2003.
She and her husband, Mike, live on a small farm in Simpson County with their 3 dogs, 3 cats, a few cattle, and 1 horse. She enjoys gardening and camping and spending time with her husband and family.
Dr. Amy Wyatt
Amy Wyatt was born in Clarksville, TN and grew up just
Atlanta in Grayson, GA. She attended the University of
graduated with a B.S in Animal Health in 1998, and then
veterinary school at UGA, graduating in 2001. She joined
Hospital as an associate in May of 2001. In February of
became a partner in the practice. Dr. Wyatt has a special
small ruminant medicine and surgery, but enjoys all aspects
animal practice. She is a member of the American
Association, the Kentucky
Veterinary Medical Association
Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners. In her
Dr. Wyatt enjoys baking, gardening and backpacking.
Dr. Tina Brown
Brown was born and raised in Covington, Kentucky, but has
rooted in the Woodburn community. She attended Western
University where she completed a B.S. in Animal Science, and
attended veterinary school at Auburn University.
Brown has a special interest in dermatology and helping
their new puppies and kittens to become special members of
During her leisure time, Dr. Brown enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, watching soccer, and taking care of their small beef cattle herd and the herd of smaller four legged creatures that she calls family (Hank the cow dog, Maggie the border collie, Susie the beagle, Miss Piggy and Rizzo, the cats). She and her husband, Dr. Herb Brown, have three children.
Dr. Candy Wentz
Dr. Candy Wentz joined
Crocker Animal Hospital in 2006. She grew up on a small farm
where caring for animals became her passion. She received
undergraduate degree from Auburn University in Animal and
Science. Auburn was also where she received her veterinary
After veterinary school, she worked for about five years in
animal practice in Alabama before getting married and
Franklin, Kentucky with her husband and fellow veterinarian,
Wentz. Her professional interests include small animal
ultrasound and client education. She enjoys sharing her home
with her husband, but with their two dogs (Harley and Lukas)
cats (Pockets and Funyun).
Dr. Phil Wentz
Dr. Wentz completed a Bachelors of Science Degree in Animal
with an emphasis in Science and Biotechnology and a minor in
Science at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He
the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Veterinary
graduating with his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in May
After 3 years of active service in the Army Veterinary
completed a residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine and
Degree in Biomedical Sciences at Auburn University in 2001.
In July of
2005, he became board certified as a Large Animal Internal
Specialist and is a member of the American
College of Veterinary Internal Medicine-Large Animal.
As a Large Animal Internal Medicine Specialist, he is an
expert in his
field, trained in advanced testing, ultrasound and endoscopy
for neurologic, respiratory, urinary and gastrointestinal
well as neonatal medicine of all large animal species but
aspects of mixed animal practice. Dr. Wentz is a member of
Association of Equine Practitioners. He is also a
member of the Kentucky
Veterinary Medical Association and Tennessee
Veterinary Medical Association. He shares his time
off with his wife, Dr. Candy Wentz, his hobbies include:
running, hiking, fishing and camping.
Dr. Luke Griffith
Dr. Griffith grew up on a beef cattle farm in central
Kentucky. He received a B. S. degree in Animal Science from
Western Kentucky University in 2003. He worked in the
industry before earning a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
University, where he emphasized on Food Animal Medicine and
Reproduction. Dr. Griffith enjoys seeing small and large
animal cases, and is also very interested in surgery and
When not at work, he enjoys having family time with his wife Kim, children, and their dog Chloe. His hobbies include: woodworking, gardening, home improvement projects and spending time outdoors.
Heather Williams - Licensed Veterinary Technician
Shanna Rogers - Veterinary Technician
Wendy Ramsey - Licensed Veterinary Technician
Pat Kennedy - Veterinary Technician
Virginia Geiske - Veterinary Assistant
Stacia McGuffy - Veterinary Technician
Shelly Joint - Veterinary Assistant
Natasha Estes - Kennel Assistant / Co-op Student
Kim Wright - Grooming
Jennifer Young - Receptionist
Rhesa Conyers - Receptionist
Gail Selk - Receptionist
Terry Garrison - Large Animal Technician
Julia Bennett - Office Manager