About us

Uptown Veterinary Hospital

Contact us today at 704-332-5450

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Uptown Veterinary Hospital is a urban veterinary hospital for companion animals and exotics located in Charlotte, NC. Our hospital is staffed with best-in-class doctors, and is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment. We pride ourselves on delivering great service for both pet and owner. We stay on top of the latest advances in veterinarian technology and above all, remembers that all animals and pets need to be treated with loving care in every check-up, procedure, or surgery.

Meet Our Team

  • Dr.
    Kelly Vida
    - Associate Veterinarian

    I grew up in the Nashville area and attended the University of Tennessee for both undergraduate and veterinary education.  I recently moved to the Charlotte area after practicing as an associate in Northern Virginia for 8 years.  I have special interests in ophthalmology, ultrasonography, and soft tissue surgery.  In my free time, I enjoy hiking and camping with my husband, taking barre classes, and trying local restaurants.  I am excited to be in the area and to meet you and your loved one!

  • Nancy Swanagan
    - Receptionist
    I have always had a love for animals, and while growing up in Columbus, Ohio was blessed to live in a house full of little critters. I received a degree in natural resources and wildlife management which led to a job at the Columbus Zoo.
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  • Dr.
    Eric Tempel
    - Associate Veterinarian, ABVP

    I am originally a native of northeastern Kansas. I was inspired to pursue a career in veterinary medicine after adopting a Siberian Husky named Mila. Along with my family and other pets, Mila continues to be a source of inspiration for me.

    After earning a bachelor of arts degree in history from the University of Kansas, I attended Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating cum laude in 2013. Following one year of private practice, I returned to the academic setting to acquire additional training and elevate my level of patient care. In 2015 I completed a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Virginia Tech’s College of Veterinary Medicine. I remained at Virginia Tech for an additional two years and recently completed an American Board of Veterinary Practitioners residency in canine and feline medicine.

    In my free time I enjoy spending time with my wife and daughter, walking our dogs, and watching Kansas Jayhawks basketball (Rock Chalk!). My other hobbies include playing guitar, reading, and automobiles. I am excited to be a part of the team at Uptown Veterinary Hospital and look forward to meeting you and your pet!

  • Kaitlin Gray
    - Veterinary Assistant

    I've been a member of the Uptown Vet team since January of 2018. At home, I have a one-eyed dog named Whittaker, a cat named Charlie, and 1-5 foster kittens depending on the day. My passion is caring for animals, and I will do everything I can to make sure your furry family members are happy and healthy!

    In my free time, I enjoy playing guitar, baking things that are terrible for me, kayaking, and reading.

  • Brooke Spolidoro
    - Veterinary Assistant

    Hi there, I'm Brooke - nickname is Brookie here at Uptown! I joined this wonderful team in January 2020. With the teaching and guidance from Uptown Vet, I am in the works of becoming a Veterinary Technician. I come from a rescue home where we have rescued and re-homed since we moved here from Ft. Lauderdale in 2003. Currently, my rescue family is five dogs - Raven, Diesel, Molly, Teddy, and Chrissy and two cats - Alfie and Midnight. After working four years at a local pet store and rescuing fur babies, my love and care for fur-babies, reptiles, pocket pets and more grew fonder!! My fur-babies mean the world to me - I know yours mean the world to you! While not at Uptown Vet, I enjoy spending time with my Fiancé, Elijah, and our dog, Raven taking long walks on the greenway, hiking and binge watching my favorite shows! 

  • Shannon DeBruyne
    - Receptionist

    I relocated from Illinois in 2017 where I was employed at a 7 doctor clinic.  I am very excited to be part of Uptown Veterinary Hospital's family as well as becoming part of your extended family.  I enjoy spending time with my family and our fur babies Lieutenant Hopper, our Dutch Rabbit and Sassy, our Himalayan cat.  In my spare time, I enjoy Nascar, football, and hockey.  So stop in with your fur baby and say Hi!

  • Lexie Herrick
    - Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant

    After spending our whole lives in the Midwest, my husband and I decided to move to Charlotte 3 years ago! We absolutely love it! I grew up in Nebraska and went to school at Kansas State University, where I graduated with a degree in Animal Science. I have always loved animals and knew I wanted to have a career centered around them! I started bringing my dogs to Uptown Vet when it first opened and have always loved the friendly and caring staff. I am so happy to join such an amazing team! I have 4 amazing rescue dogs (Skyy, Charlie, Kansas and Eisenhower) and a handsome horse (Gus) that occupy all my free time, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!!

  • Dr.
    Jen Larson
    – Veterinarian, Owner
    I grew up south of Atlanta in the small town of Fayetteville, GA. My interest in veterinary medicine sparked after shadowing a veterinarian at Zoo Atlanta when I was in the 4th grade.
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  • Alex Midgley
    - Veterinary Assistant

    Hi my name is Alexandra Midgley. You can call me Alex for short. I am a new addition to the Uptown Vet family and I am excited to learn and grow as an up and coming Veterinary Technician. Currently, I am enrolled at Penn Foster and hope to be a Certified Vet Tech in a few years. I have been working in the veterinary field for a little over a year with a background in caring for reptiles, birds, dogs, cats and pocket pets including ferrets, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits and rats. I love every one of them including the scaly type! Yes someone has to love them too! I knew I wanted to care for animals since the 2nd grade.  Right now we have a family dog named Sasha who is a 6 year old female Keeshond.  I hope to have a few more fur babies of my own in the future.

  • Megan Freeman
    - Receptionist

    I joined the Uptown Vet team in March and I am so glad I did! I recently moved to the area and wanted to continue to work in the veterinary field as I have for around 6 years now. I have 2 very spoiled and loving rescue dogs, Zoey and Copper who both have the most unique personalities. I am currently enrolled in college to become an RN but Veterinary medicine will always hold a special place in my heart! I feel so blessed and grateful to have the opportunity to work with such a great team to provide the best care for your fur-babies! 

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Preventative Care

  • Vaccinations: Core vaccines, rabies, distemper, leptospirosis, bordetella, influenza, feline leukemia.
  • Examinations: Recommended semi-annually or annually, these checkups are preventative medicine and will help to ensure that your pet remains in good health all year round. Exams typically inspect: eyes, ears, mouth, heart, respiratory, abdomen, skin and coat.
  • Spaying / Neutering: An important procedure to help control the pet population as well as the health of your dog. Spaying and neutering reduces (or eliminates) a number of health concerns – mammary and ovarian cancers, testicular cancer, and more – which can be expensive and difficult to treat.
  • Dental care: This area of pet care is often overlooked by cat and dog owners. Professional cleaning and X-ray screenings are essential to avoiding various periodontal diseases which can be costly to you and painful for your pet. Dental care truly begins in the home with daily brushing of your pet's teeth. Consult the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) for more information on products and food that promote oral health in dogs and cats.

Specialized Diagnostic

  • Digital X-ray: A common procedure done on pets to diagnose a variety of problems such as bone fractures, masses (tumors), obstructions, bladder stones, hip dysplasia, and more.

Dental Special Services:

  • Full Mouth Radiographs
  • Dental Sealant
  • Extractions and gingival flaps

Medical Service

  • Soft-tissue surgery: These surgeries do not involve bone but only soft-tissue. Typically this involves the removal of a mass or lump but it is also common when ear and eye infections occur. If a mass was removed, a piece of the soft-tissue is often biopsied to ensure it is not cancerous.
  • Orthopedic surgery: These surgeries deal with bone and joint problems. As with humans, the complexities of such surgeries can vary greatly. Bone fractures and joint injuries (especially in larger dogs) are most common; the recovery and rehabilitation timeline can easily stretch to 4 months!
  • Platelet Rich Plasma: PRP is an integral part of the fast growing field of Regenerative medicine. The patient’s own blood is processed via centrifugation to concentrate platelets in plasma. This enriched plasma can be directed towards a variety of conditions such as osteoarthritis, tendon injuries, wound healing, and refractory ocular ulcers.
  • Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy can be used to minimize the discomfort caused by a tumor, slow down the progression of the disease, or achieve a clinical remission. Compared to people who receive chemotherapy, companion animals experience fewer side effects because veterinarians use lower doses of chemotherapy.
  • Therapy Laser: Help your pet heal with therapy laser. Drug Free. Surgery Free. Relief for your pet. Therapy Lasers have been scientifically proven and successful in treating post-surgical pain and many acute and chronic conditions. http://www.litecure.com/companion


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