Meet Our Veterinarians
James Andrew Gardner, DVM

Dr. Andy Gardner grew up on a farm with horses and cattle just south of Raleigh, NC. He received a BS in Animal Science from North Carolina State University in 1972. He then graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1976, along with his wife Dr. Claudia Gardner. In June of 1977 the Gardners moved to Salisbury, NC where they still reside today. In January of 1980 Dr. Andy opened Large Animal Medicine and Surgery, PA, a practice specializing in all aspects of large animal practice with a special emphasis on surgery, reproduction, and lameness.

When Dr. Andy is not working in his practice, he may be found riding his horses or team roping.


C. Michelle Gardner McCashin, DVM

Dr. Michelle Gardner grew up in Rowan County riding on farm calls and working at Large Animal Medicine and Surgery with her father, Dr. Andy Gardner. She received a BS in Biology from North Carolina State University in 2005. She then continued her studies and graduated from the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. After graduation she completed a twelve-month, specialized internship in Equine Medicine and Surgery at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. In August 2010 Dr. Michelle returned to North Carolina and joined Large Animal Medicine and Surgery. Her professional interests include equine lameness, internal medicine, and surgery.

When Dr. Michelle is not working, she enjoys riding her horse Goose.


Jackie Porter, DVM

Dr. Jackie Porter grew up in rural New Jersey. She graduated from Clemson University in 2015 with a BS in animal and veterinary sciences. She continued her studies at the University of Illinois and graduated in 2019 with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, she completed an equine internship at Ocean State Equine Associates in Rhode Island. Her professional interests include internal medicine and reproduction.

In her free time, she enjoys sporting clays, hiking with her hound dog Billie and watching Clemson football, Go Tigers!





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