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About AWRC

Hours of Operations

M – F  7:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Closed all major holidays.

For our patients and their family’s convenience, AWRC has extended hours of operations.

Location

6221 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37919

Animal Wellness & Rehabilitation Center

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Our Mission

The mission of AWRC is to partner with pet parents to determine the best medical options for their individual pets and to promote health, wellness, and the human-animal bond.

 

Meet Our Staff

Dr. Amanda Pittman

DVM, CCRP, CVA

Dr. Amanda Pittman grew up in a small Louisiana town. She graduated with college honors in 2001 from Louisiana State University and went on to graduate from veterinary school in 2005, also from LSU. She has received additional training in ultrasound and can perform most abdominal ultrasounds and echocardiograms.

Renee Racey

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Renee has a long history in the animal field starting with her first job as a caretaker at a large boarding facility in the United Kingdom when she was 15. From there, she has worked as a veterinary assistant, receptionist, and as a groomer before pursuing her veterinary license and graduating in 1997.

Audrey Knudsen

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Audrey graduated with a degree in Veterinary Science Technology from SUNY @ Delhi.  Though originally AALAS certified and starting a career in research, she decided the personal touch with client’s animals would be more rewarding.  Audrey has been licensed and worked in small, mixed and exotic practices in multiple states before settling in TN.

What makes us different?

At AWRC, we understand that your pet is a member of your family. As such, you want the best medical care, and you deserve to understand all of the options available to you.

We spend time getting to know you and your pet so we can work together to figure out which treatments will work best for your pet’s personality and your lifestyle. We also spend time explaining what is happening and will provide written treatment options for you to take home and discuss with the rest of your family so that the best decision can be made.

We are working towards becoming “Fear Free” certified, and our facility was designed with these principles in mind. There are separate cat and dog wings in the building, each with their own entrance, waiting area, exam rooms, treatment spaces, and hospital room. The floors are a finished concrete product that provides some traction to prevent animals from sliding when they walk. They are exceptionally cleanable. We have added multiple features to decrease noise, and have kept “noisy” areas away from patient areas.

The “Fear Free “ philosophy extends past design concepts into staff training. We work hard to incorporate low-stress handling techniques and take the time to work with an anxious patient, offering treats, praise, and love to help them accept the new situation and not develop fear from it.

Our staff have memberships in the American Animal Hospital Association and American Association of Feline Practitioners. We are also working to earn the titles of AAHA- accreditation, and Feline- Friendly practice by the end of the year. These organizations hold an animal hospital to a higher degree of standards, and hospitals are inspected regularly to ensure that they are in compliance with these rigorous guidelines.

Another way we protect our patients and staff is by providing a separate entrance and dedicated isolation space for examination and treatment of potentially contagious patients.

A sick pet will be asked to contact the front desk upon arrival and will then be asked to directly enter the isolation space as soon as a staff member is able to triage the patient. The room is separate from other patient areas and has a separate ventilation system to prevent the spread of disease to other parts of the hospital. We have strict cleaning requirements in this space, as well as in the rest of the hospital. Likewise, our surgery suite is also isolated and has its own ventilation system to ensure that the air is clean and dust is controlled.

As members of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, we strive to uphold holistic cleaning practices even in a hospital situation. Our cleaning products are tough on germs, but do not pose a threat to the respiratory system, skin, or leave a residue on surfaces. We are very proud of this method.