Opelika Animal Hospital
Meet Our Providers
Dr. Gary Hunt, DVM
Dr. Hunt was born and raised in Opelika and graduated from Opelika High School. After graduation from Veterinary School at Auburn University, Dr. Hunt joined Opelika Animal Hospital in 1980. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Hunt is recognized in the veterinary field as one of the most outstanding surgeons in East Alabama.
Dr. Hunt and his wife, Angela, have 5 sons. Doc is also the proud grandfather to four precious grandchildren: Presley Anne, Parker, Robert and Barrett. In his free time, Dr. Hunt enjoys farming, wildlife management and deep sea fishing.
Dr. Lybbi Epperson, DVM
Dr. Lybbi Epperson grew up on her family’s farm in Northeast Alabama. This along with showing livestock and a true love of animals led her to choose a career in veterinary medicine. After following her dreams of living out west and competing on a collegiate livestock judging team at Connors State College she returned to Auburn University to complete her degree in Animal Science. Dr. Epperson graduated from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine, receiving her DVM in May of 2010. For the next four years she worked at an all inclusive mixed animal practice in her hometown where her patients ranged from hairless rats to horses! Lybbi is excited to call Opelika home and loves serving the patients of Opelika Animal Hospital. She resides just outside of town on a farm with her husband Blake, son Walton, dogs Oliver and Shotgun and a herd of Boer Goats that Walton shows at local and national livestock events.
Dr. Andrew Wagner, DVM
Dr. Wagner spent 3 years in the Marine Corps attaining the rank of Captain before entering veterinary school at Auburn University in 1976. He graduated from Auburn Veterinary School in 1980. Dr. Wagner comes to Opelika Animal Hospital with a strong background of private veterinary practice. He started two small animal clinics in Pennsylvania. His expertise in veterinary medicine along with his knowledge of excellent customer service make him a perfect fit for our practice. The father of two sons, Dr. Wagner is married to Nancy who is the client/doctor liaison at the Small Animal Clinic of the Veterinary School at Auburn. Because Nancy worked at Dr. Wagner’s previous clinics, she represents a compassionate side of veterinary medicine and communicates well with clients there. In their spare time, the Wagners enjoy nature and working in the large vegetable garden at their farm. Along with canning and freezing fresh vegetables, the Wagners also are bee keepers.
Dr. Wagner’s excellent client – patient care and his cheerful, upbeat personality make him a frequently requested veterinarian at Opelika Animal Hospital.
Dr. Carrie Pope
Dr. Carrie Pope is a native from nearby Valley. AL graduating from Springwood School in 2006. She continued her education at Jacksonville State University prior to acceptance at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating from Auburn University’s veterinary program in 2015, she moved to Pensacola, FL where she was able to expand her veterinary experience with not just dogs and cats but also pocket pets and exotics (squirrels, rats, mice, guinea pigs, rabbits, birds and reptiles). She returned home and settled in Opelika, AL in 2017 with her husband Scott and three fur babies (Bella, Jennae, and Tabitha). While practicing at Opelika Animal Hospital, Dr. Pope has been seen to have a wonderful and caring bedside manner with her patients. She has shown an interest in heart disease along with neonatal care.
In their spare time, The Popes enjoy traveling and vacationing along with Netflix marathons on Sunday afternoons. Sports is a must as well, despite living in a house divided situation (Dr. Pope being an avid Auburn fan and Scott being a huge Georgia fan).
Kodey Lashley, Office Manager
Kodey Lashley is the Office Manager at Opelika Animal Hospital. Before joining the Opelika Animal Hospital family, Kodey worked in a variety of other businesses in the management capacity. Kodey enjoys her position at OAH because other than just bookkeeping, she is able to be around animals and she enjoys working with all the doctors. A graduate of Beauregard schools, Kodey is the mom to Ella, Eli and Emersyn. She and her kids have a “furry family” including dogs, “Rosie” and “Luna”. Kodey has excellent customer service skills and is good at making clients feel right at home at Opelika Animal Hospital.”