Mark S. Thompson, DVM, DABVP

Dr. Mark Thompson is a 1985 graduate of North Carolina State University and is a diplomat of  the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners specializing in canine and feline practice. His  interests include surgery, dermatology, internal medicine, preventative medicine, and dentistry.  Before coming to us, he had over 10 years in private practice and 3 years teaching community  practice and dermatology at the University of Missouri. He first joined us in June of 1998 as an  associate and then purchased the practice in June of 2003.

He is the author of the veterinary text books “Small Animal Medical Differential Diagnosis”, first and second editions, and soon to be third. Having been well received by the veterinary community it has now been translated into Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, and Portuguese.

Dr. Mark lives in Brevard with his wife Sandi; they have two sons Zac and Andy. They share their home with three dogs; “Zeke”, “Rita” and “Dexter”,  and four cats;  “Saitou”, “Yoshimura”,“Trout”, and “Mouse”. Along with their inside 4-legged friends they have on their farm, 2 horses: “Elle” and “Gambler”, two ponies “Hercules” and “Kiddo”, and one ancient llama “Madeline”.

  Lindsay L. Batson, DVM 

Dr. Lindsay Lancaster Batson graduated from N.C. State University in 2016 and is elated to return home to WNC to become a Brevard Animal Hospital team member, once again. She interned with us while a Brevard High School
student. After graduating with a BA in English from Appalachian State University, she worked as a journalist in Kentucky and then at the Times-News in Hendersonville before pursuing veterinary medical schooling. You might recognize her from a few years ago, she worked here as a veterinary assistant for a year before moving to Raleigh for veterinary school.

Lindsay is passionate about helping the shelter pet population by promoting animal adoption, microchipping, spaying and neutering. Her medical interests include internal medicine and preventive care.

In her spare time, she enjoys running, working out, dancing the Argentine tango and enjoying the mountains of WNC. She and her husband, Shane, enjoy the company of an Australian Shepherd mix, named “Bear”, along with “Hadley”, a lovable German Shepherd, and a handsome cat, “Mosby”.

 Heather Garland, DVM

Dr. Heather Garland joined us in August of 2016. She is a second career veterinarian, having spent a nearly a decade working as a cave conservation biologist for The Nature Conservancy of Tennessee.  This career took her all over Tennessee and the southeast working to protect cave systems and their unique creatures, including endangered bats.  Along the way she was able to participate in several biological inventory studies that yielded a number of cave species new to science as well as coordinate protection efforts for many of the most critical cave habitats in Tennessee.  Eventually, however, the call of veterinary medicine became too strong and the native Tennessean headed to Knoxville and entered veterinary school. Heather is a graduate of the University Of Tennessee College Of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2011.

While enjoying all aspects of veterinary medicine, Heather has a particular interest in preventative and internal medicine, clinical pathology, and ultrasonography.  She is passionate about nurturing the human-animal bond, which includes low stress handling of every patient in an effort reduce fear and increase comfort while in the veterinary office.

On her days off Dr. Garland can be found wandering through the woods or floating down a river with her best friend and companion, “Frankie” the “Tennessee Bob-tailed Labra-terrier”.  Unless, of course, the UT Volunteers are playing football!  Heather is thrilled to have found her way to Transylvania County, which seems a natural fit for a former cave and bat biologist, and looks forward to serving her new community.


  Lauren Streifel, DVM

Dr. Lauren Streifel is the newest addition to Brevard Animal Hospital, joining our team in October 2016.  Dr. Streifel began her veterinary education at the University of Florida where she graduated with honors receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science and Zoology, in May 2010.  Dr. Streifel was later accepted to the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine.  She graduated with her doctorate in veterinary medicine with the class of 2015.  Throughout her educational time in Gainesville, FL Dr. Streifel actively pursued and was involved within the community, caring for less fortunate animals. She spent countless hours volunteering with “Operation Catnip” and “Sheltering Hands”.  Both of these organizations are community cat programs that spay/neuter, vaccinate, and provide minor medical services to the stray cat population, free of charge.

While enjoying all aspects of veterinary medicine, Dr. Streifel has a particular interest in preventative medicine, and surgery (soft tissue and orthopedic).  She is passionate about nurturing the human-animal bond, which includes low stress handling of every patient, in an effort reduce fear and increase patient comfort while in the veterinary office.  She is looking forward to a proactive, productive experience at Brevard Animal Hospital with her patients and patient “family members”.

Dr. Streifel’s passion for helping animals is rivaled only by her passion for outdoor adventure. On her days off she can be found enjoying the great outdoors with her dog, Roo.  Mountain biking and rock climbing are her sports of greatest interest and challenge.

Dr. Streifel looks forward to getting to know and working with pet owners within the Brevard, NC community.