David Eddins, DVM
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.
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!
I have lived in Shelby for four years and been in the United States for 20 years. I have been around animals since I was young, from horses to guinea pigs, and I hope that never changes! I look forward to meeting you and your furry friends soon at Cottonwood Veterinary Hospital.