Originally from Stuart, Florida, Dr. Jeff Smith worked for his father’s construction and cattle companies. From a very early age, he had a special connection with all animals…dogs, cats, horses, cows, pigs, birds, and even reptiles. As a child, he would bring home sick animals that needed nursed back to health. Once out of high school, he felt God leading him to Mississippi to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. To pay for college, each summer, he fished commercially for salmon on an Alaskan fishing boat off the coast of Cordova, Alaska.
Dr. Jeff Smith graduated from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine and immediately began working at our clinic, then Eaves Animal Hospital. In June of 2010, Dr. Smith bought Eaves Animal Hospital from the Eaves family and renamed it Smith Animal Hospital. Dr. Smith strives for excellence in making Smith Animal Hospital a current and relevant veterinary hospital for all of his patients and their owners. He understands that all needs are different and seeks to meet each individual patient’s specific need.
Dr. Smith is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. His passion is serving people and their pets. Currently, Dr. Smith and his wife, Macki, live in Starkville with their daughters Mackinzie and Adelyn…and their many animals. They are active members of CrossPoint Baptist Church. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, and building.
Dr. Amanda Stowers is a 2015 graduate of the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. For the past three years, she has practiced veterinary medicine in Aiken, SC. Originally from Inverness, MS, Dr. Stowers wanted to be closer to home. She is happy to be back in Starkville and looking forward to being a part of the Smith Animal Hospital family . . . again! Many of our clients may remember her since she previously worked at our practice for three years before entering vet school. Outside of being a veterinarian, Dr. Stowers enjoys reading, painting, outdoor activities, being with family, eating good food, and spending time with her fiancé, Patrick. She also enjoys coming home to her pets: dogs, Gus and Bella Bassett, and cat, Paisley
Macki Smith has been the clinic administrator of Smith Animal Hospital since 2010. As 2004 graduate of Mississippi State University of College Education, she feels her experience in a field unrelated to veterinary medicine has given her a way to see her administrative duties from a different and purposeful perspective. Away from administrative work, she focuses on raising her two daughters with Dr. Smith, Mackinzie and Adelyn. She also enjoys teaching women’s Bible studies, reading, gardening, and organizing. She and her family also spend much time caring for their many animals of various species…feline, canine, bovine, and equine!
Tina is a veterinary technician at Smith Animal Hospital and is also the soon-to-be graduate of the Veterinary Technology program at Penn Foster College. She hopes to further her education in Veterinary Physical Therapy after graduation. Originally from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, Tina and her husband Phillip have been residents of Sturgis, MS for eight years. In the future, Tina plans to open her own animal sanctuary and help animals with special needs. In her spare time, she loves to cater to and pamper her 25 rescue dogs
Abby works as our receptionist and front office manager at Smith Animal Hospital. She is a 2014 graduate of Mississippi State University with a degree in Business Management. Abby and her husband, Ben, have lived in Starkville, MS for ten years. They are currently the Children’s Directors at Calvary Baptist Church, and for fun, like to kayak, fish, watch movies (which they have a vast collection), garden, spend with friends and family, cook (her favorite hobby), and travel. Abby has two very spoiled puppies named Pepper and Lola Bea.
Montana Rhodes is a 2017 graduate of East Mississippi Community College. She is originally from Hamilton, MS but recently moved to Starkville to pursue a career as a veterinary technician. Montana enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, hunting, fishing, and competing in barrel races on the weekends with her two horses, Louie and Molly. She also has welcomed a new puppy, Cinch, into her family.
Craig, originally from Charleston, South Carolina, moved to Starkville, MS when his wife Christina was accepted into Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. Craig has been working as a veterinary technician since 2011. Craig and his wife have 5 animals - a fish named Garfield, a cat named Nami, and 3 dogs (Delta, Mable, and Tiny.) Since working at Smith Animal Hospital, he has adopted furbabies Nami and Mable. For fun, Craig enjoys playing video games, watching movies, reading comics, and writing.