Without our hardworking veterinarians, we wouldn’t be able to provide gold-standard care to the Lebanon community pets. These incredible people have dedicated their lives to caring for the voiceless, and we’re delighted to have them leading our team of veterinary professionals. Read on to discover more about Drs. Wesson, Morency, and Craig.
Question: Where are you originally from?
Answer: We all three veterinarians are Tennessee natives.
Q: How did you decide you wanted to be a veterinarian?
Dr. Wesson: As a young child, I was interested in animals, and originally wanted to be a mixed animal veterinarian, but, during veterinary school, I quickly learned that I am not tough enough to wrestle with those large animals. I would much rather cuddle a sweet puppy!
Dr. Morency: In third grade, my dog suffered a severe anaphylactic reaction to a bee sting. I watched the veterinarian save his life, and that’s when I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian.
Dr. Craig: When I was about 10, I won a goldfish at a school carnival. From there, I had numerous aquariums full of fish, newts, frogs, and other aquatic pets. I began working at the fish store, “Somethin’ Fishy,” in high school, and loved working with the animals and helping people find the right pets.
Q: What’s your favorite part about being a veterinarian?
Dr. Wesson: I love connecting with the people who bring these special pets into the clinic.
Dr. Morency: Puppy kisses! Also, the relationships I get to build with my clients are truly special to me.
Dr. Craig: I enjoy playing with puppies and figuring out how to work with cats—it’s what I consider “dancing with cats.” The long-term relationship with clients is definitely my main motivator now. I have been a veterinarian long enough to see families go through generations of pets, and their own kids have grown up into pet parents.
Q: Tell us about your pets.
Dr. Wesson: I have three pets. Odie is a 3-year-old Chihuahua who enjoys going to work every day and demanding his dose of attention. Garfield is a 3-year-old orange cat who enjoys annoying the small Chihuahua. Nermal is a 4-year-old, mostly feral gray tabby who rules the great outdoors.
Dr. Morency: I live with four spoiled house cats and two outdoor cats.
Dr. Craig: Moose is a 6-year-old rescued chocolate Lab. Woodrow is a 1-year-old black boxer mix who was our pandemic puppy. Max is an 8-year-old brown tabby, and the best fat cat ever. Captain Cuddles is an 8-year-old black domestic shorthair. I got him sight unseen from a coworker based solely on his name.
Q: Tell us about your human family.
Dr. Wesson: Anthony and I have been married for 22 years and have two children. Autumn is 9 years old and loves cross country, swimming, and playing with her cousin. Avery is a 10-month-old who loves all the attention, and following her sister everywhere. Anthony is an avid fisherman and has his own YouTube channel, Wesson Outdoors.
Dr. Morency: I live with my mom and sister, as well as my husband and two children.
Dr. Craig: Valerie, my wife of 22 years, and I have three children—Isaac, Isabella, and Eli.
Q: What is something about you that might surprise others?
Dr. Wesson: I have completed three half marathons, and two 28-mile cycling challenges.
Dr. Morency: My husband and I own a LEGO hobby store in Lebanon called Music City Bricks. If I’m not at Lebanon Animal Hospital, you can probably find me there.
Dr. Craig: I used to dress up as Gene Simmons and go to KISS concerts.
Q: What is your favorite hobby?
Dr. Wesson: My hobbies are spending time with my church family, cycling, and shopping with my sisters.
Dr. Morency: I love to travel and read.
Dr. Craig: I spend most of my free time playing basketball and pickleball with my kids, and building Legos. We also started family movie night in the spring of 2020 when COVID-19 hit. We continue to sleep in the den and watch movies every Saturday night.
Q: What’s on your bucket list?
Dr. Wesson: I would love to take my girls to Disney.
Dr. Morency: I want to take an around-the-world cruise with my family, and I would love to see the Northern Lights.
Dr. Craig: Going to Hawaii is on my bucket list. I am working with a hospital on Kauai and I would like to go there to visit.
Q: Do you have any unexpected talents?
Dr. Morency: I’m a good sharpshooter. I earned a scholarship in college for the rifle team at the University of Tennessee-Martin.
Dr. Craig: I’m 6’5,” and like to joke that I can reach anything.
After learning more about our veterinarians, we hope you truly feel like you’re part of the Lebanon Animal Hospital family. We’re here for you and your four-legged friends any time—simply give us a call.