Asheville Veterinarians

veterinarians, ashevilleDavid Vigee, DVM

Dr. David Vigee is co-owner of Asheville Veterinary Associates and one of the surgeons at our South Office. When Dr. Vigee was a child growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, he would bring home injured animals and nurse them back to health. "I was the neighborhood caretaker of injured birds and other small wildlife," Dr. Vigee said. But it was in the fifth grade that he made the official decision to become a veterinarian. "I chose veterinarian in a Career Education class and it stuck," he said. In the ninth grade, Dr. Vigee started working at a local veterinary hospital owned by J.D. Nall and he "worked there after school and in summer up through college. Dr. Nall was my mentor and my role model." Dr. Vigee has been with Asheville Veterinary Associates since 1999.

He earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. Dr. Vigee has practiced veterinary medicine in various places around the country and the world. He has cared for orphaned animals after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, he has worked in Wyoming, and he also joined a Humanitarian Aid Mission to Niger in Africa to develop a vaccine and herd health program. Dr. Vigee was a U.S. Army Veterinary Corps Officer from 1988 to 1996 and was an emergency veterinarian from 1998 to 2000.

He has a professional interest in surgery, cardiology and geriatric medicine and he continues his veterinary education as a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. He is also certified in endoscopy from the University of Tennessee's College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Vigee and his wife Alli have one daughter and share their home with a Siamese cat named Cinnamon and a terrier mix named Murphy. Dr. Vigee is a fan of cooking, hiking, fishing, gardening, and traveling.

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asheville vetsRobert Scott, DVM

Dr. Robert Scott is a general practitioner at our West Office and co-owner of Asheville Veterinary Associates. He earned his undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University in 1989, from which he also received his master's in poultry science. Dr. Scott worked in the avian laboratory for Dr. H. John Barnes at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, where he earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2000.

Dr. Scott says he is rewarded in very simple ways for the work he does as a veterinarian. "I like chatting with people, seeing the tails wag and listening to the sound of purrs," he said.

He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association and the North Carolina Academy of Small Animal Medicine. Today, Dr. Scott has a professional interest in dermatology.

Dr. Scott and his wife Mollie have two children and also share their home with their dog Tucker, two black cats named Dasher and Wiggles, and a little white mouse. He spends his time away from the clinic with his family, at the beach, and working around the house.

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asheville veterinarianJoann Lackey, DVM

Dr. Joann Lackey was one of those children that just naturally loved animals. "There was an early and deep connection that I had with animals that persisted as I became older. I was the cliche child who was obsessed with animals from the get-go. My bedroom walls were plastered with animal posters and I was forever harboring the stray cat that was inevitably pregnant," Dr. Lackey said.

She grew up in a Navy family and lived all over the world and believes the rural environment in Scotland may have deepened her interest in animals. While living there, Dr. Lackey had a great friend named Caroline and they would spend weekends together "rounding up sheep, collecting chicken eggs, cleaning rabbit hutches and catching ponies. I say without a doubt that this helped shape my life course in becoming a veterinarian." She also worked in veterinary clinics throughout high school, college and veterinary school. Dr. Lackey has been with Asheville Veterinary Associates since August of 2010 and is an associate veterinarian and the primary surgeon at our West Office.

Dr. Lackey earned her undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry from Warren Wilson College in 1990 and went on to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. She was also awarded a Hill's Scholarship and received the "Lady Cow Puncher" scholarship for her work with cattle. In the year between college and veterinary school, Dr. Lackey worked for the American Alpine Institute in Washington state.

"Most gratifying of all is when you save a life or make a difference in the quality of an animal's life," Dr. Lackey said about her work in veterinary medicine. "When the limp goes way, when the itch stops, when they start eating again. I enjoy the art of veterinary medicine as much as the science. I truly love my animal patients and I enjoy my clients." Dr. Lackey is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the North Carolina Medical Association. "Although I enjoy most everything I do within the field, I most enjoy dentistry and surgery," she said.

She and her family have adopted a stray cat named Frisky-Prince and a dog named Allie, a canine from the Buncombe County Humane Society. Dr. Lackey spends most of her time with her two daughters and enjoys skiing, mountain biking, camping, hiking, and exploring new places.

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asheville veterinariansRandy Nehlig, DVM

Dr. Randy Nehlig is an associate veterinarian and surgeon at Asheville Veterinary Associates, in our South Office. Dr. Nehlig is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana and studied at Louisiana State University and later graduated from the Louisiana State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Nehlig began his veterinary career in Wake Forest and has been with Asheville Veterinary Associates since June of 2009. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

He and his wife Lina share their home with their dogs Champa, Herbie, Annie, and Wong Dei. His hobbies include landscaping, gardening, and hiking.