Animalia means “with soul”

With soul is how we’d like for you to think of Animalia- a peaceful retreat for animals where they receive the best medicine from the best doctors with the best knowledge- all wrapped and presented with soul, kindness and a genuine love for the animal kingdom.


A Breed Apart

Animalia serves domestic pet owners whose animals have been injured, are sick or simply need a routine check-up. The veterinary facility and its staff utilize the latest in medical technology and medicine, but Animalia is also committed to more natural methods of treatment for animals, and is constantly exploring new types of holistic approaches to animal health and well being. In addition to standard veterinary services, we are proud to also provide:

  • Rehabilitation
  • Veterinary acupuncture
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  • Digital Radiography
  • Therapeutic Laser & Ultrasound
  • Sevoflo Anesthesia
  • Acoustically Treated Rooms
  • Intensive Care Caging
  • In-house blood analysis
  • Endoscopic Services
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Diagnostic Ultrasound



About our Veterinarians

Dr. Michele Barrett Preston and Dr. Blake Malone opened the practice in 2010 with a shared love of the relationship between people and their animals. They are also aligned in their mission to educate people about animal wellness issues and efforts that can be undertaken to support neglected animals in Middle Tennessee. “For me, the bond between people and their pets is one of the most rewarding aspects of my profession,” said Blake. “Animalia presents a great opportunity not only for me as a doctor, but for pet owners to bring their animals to a facility that puts their pet’s interest first and foremost. It’s exciting.”

Michele, who has practiced for over 20 years in Middle Tennessee, shares a similar view: “Animals have a profound impact on people’s lives. They are unconditional in their love of people and they deserve to be treated with consideration and equal care- whether they belong to someone or not.” Michele is actively involved in rescue, adoption, and animal population control efforts across the midstate- areas of interest that are integral to the Animalia mission. “Our goal is for Animalia to be the most progressive animal hospital in the southeast,” Michele said.

Dr. Lisa Martin and Dr. Kristal Turner joined the practice in the summer of 2013. Lisa brought with her a wide range of skills including certifications in veterinary acupuncture, chiropractic, and rehabilitation, in addition to a wealth of experience as an emergency clinician. After completing a one year rotating internship at Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Kristal joined the Animalia team. She then went on to complete certifications in veterinary acupuncture and rehabilitation, further strengthening Animalia’s integrative care offerings. Dr. Kathy Lewis became a part of the veterinary team in May of 2016, bringing with her special interests in internal medicine and dentistry.


Animalia Homestead -Land Grant No. 176

The Animalia site itself is of great historic significance to Williamson County. It was originally home to some of Middle Tennessee’s earliest pioneers. Late in 1779 James Robertson led a small group of settlers to Middle Tennessee, which was originally known as the Cumberland Settlement.

In 1799 James Robertson sold his original land grant rights for this farm site to William and Eleanor White, who built the first home here. The property remained in the family more than a century and three generations are resting in the family cemetery located on site. A hand-dug well and a fresh water spring served as a natural resource for the Whites and other settlers who tamed the wild, sparsely populated region. A wagon road that leads west and passes Indian mounds created by much earlier settlers of the region- The Woodland Indians- remains on site.