Meet The Team

David Eddins, DVM

Owner

I discovered my vocation in veterinary medicine after careers in music education and marine science. I have always loved music and took trumpet lessons from early childhood through college where I earned a degree in Music Education. After earning my degree from Marshall University I spent several years as a high school music teacher and assistant band director in rural West Virginia. Our band program was very successful and received statewide recognition. Despite our success, music education gradually became a less important part of the curriculum and I began investigating a career change.

I decided on a career in marine science because of my long held fascination with the ocean. I earned a Marine Science degree from the University of South Carolina and began working as resident biologist at Pritchard’s Island, a pristine barrier island along the South Carolina coast that is accessible only by boat. On the Island I coordinated an ongoing loggerhead sea turtle conservation project and a variety of public outreach programs. It did not take me long to discover that I enjoyed working with the turtles as well as educating the public about the animal's life histories, preservation and habitat. At that point I began to investigate careers in veterinary medicine. Fortunately, a veterinarian brought an Explorer Scouts group (Veterinary Medicine) to the Island. After many conversations with her and several visits to her clinic, I was convinced that I wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.

I earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Georgia. I have been practicing veterinary medicine for over a decade now, and have enjoyed growing and gaining valuable experience while meeting many wonderful clients and their pets. As a pet owner myself, I am committed to providing the best quality care and personal attention that your pets deserve. I look forward to meeting you and your pet.


Tracy Moore

Client Service Representative

Originally from Texas, Cleveland County has been my home for 24 years. My husband and I have 10 cats and 4 dogs. Twenty-one years ago I brought my sick dog "Scooter" to Cottonwood Veterinary Hospital and heard they were looking for a receptionist. One week later I was part of the Cottonwood Staff! I have since worked in the kennel and assisted in the exam rooms. While I love everything I have done, my favorite place is up front with the clients. I have met many wonderful people and made a lot of four legged friends.


Julie Madarasz, RVT

Head Registered Veterinary Technician

After a long career in Advertising Design, I attended Gaston College and received my Associate of Science degree in Veterinary Medical Technology in 2011.  Having 3 horses, 2 dogs and 4 cats, I love animals of all sizes and can’t wait to meet you and yours soon!


Corrina Ledbetter

Veterinary Assistant

I have lived in the United States for over 20 years, coming from England.  I have always been around animals from hamsters to horses, and I hope that never changes!  I have been at Cottonwood since 2014 and have increased my family size by three special needs dogs since then!  I look forward to seeing you and your pet there soon!


Ericka Smith

Kennel/Vet Assistant


McKenzie Hyde

Kennel Attendant

I have been around animals all my life.  I knew I wanted to be a Veterinarian when I was four years old.  My experience with animals include goldfish to guinea pigs and cats to cows.  I am currently a "pet mom" to two dogs, two cats, and a pot belly pig.  I graduated from Burns High School in 2018, and from Cleveland Community College in June 2018 with a certificate in Veterinary Assistance.  My plan is to attend Gaston College to receive my Associates of Science Degree in Veterinary Medical Technology.


Brittany Carico

Veterinary Assistant

Hey, My name is Brittany.  I was born and raised in Cleveland County.  I am a Veterinary Assistant here at Cottonwood Veterinary Hospital.  My love for animals started at a very young age. I have had the joy of loving many amazing animals. And I have suffered the loss of many amazing animals, but my drive for this occupation goes strong.  I have three beautiful daughters who keep me on my toes.  And I have a house of fur kids who love me most on my worst days.  My promise to you is that I will care for your pets and love them as if they were my own.  I look forward to being a part of your journey with your pets! 


Rosie

Office Greeter

I was rescued and brought to Cottonwood Veterinary Hospital in 2012 where I now work full-time as the hospital greeter.  I love greeting clients and their fur babies, especially the UPS and FedEx drivers (they bring me treats)!  I keep the staff here on their toes, and smiles on their faces.  Call our office today for an appointment, and I look forward to greeting you!


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