James Turner, DVM
Dr. Jim Turner was born in Tyler, Texas. He grew up in Arlington and graduated from Arlington High School. After high school he attended Texas A&M University and received his Bachelor’s degrees in Animal Science and Veterinary Science. In 1988 he graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Turner first worked for Farrell Animal Hospital in 1980 as an assistant and continued working at Farrell during summers and holidays. In 1988, upon graduation from vet school, Dr. Turner returned to Farrell Animal Hospital as an associate veterinarian.
He worked with Dr. J.M. Farrell until 1990, at which time he purchased Farrell Animal Hospital. He served as president of the Tarrant County Veterinary Medical Association in 1993, and as state director for the Texas Veterinary Medical Association in 1994. Dr. Turner lives in Arlington with his wife Mary where they raised their three children, Jamie, Alan, and Wilson.
The Turner’s have 2 dogs, Dixie and Maddie, and one cat, Napoleon.
In his spare time Dr. Turner enjoys playing music.
Ashlie Gittings, DVM
Dr. Ashlie Gittings has returned to her hometown of Arlington where she was born and reared. After graduation from Arlington High School, she went on to attend Texas A&M University where she received a B.S. in Veterinary Science.
After college, she proceeded on to the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine where she graduated in 1999. Since graduation, Dr. Gittings has been a practicing veterinarian in Fort Worth. She moved back to Arlington and joined the Farrell team in 2008.
She and her husband, Todd, an Arlington firefighter, share 4 children together and 3 dogs, Pancho, Lefty, and Sadie. In Dr. Gittings’ free time she enjoys attending her children’s sporting events and spending time in the outdoors.
Whitney Anne Butler, DVM
Dr. Whitney Anne Butler was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi where she worked as a kennel assistant at a local veterinary clinic throughout high school. She then attended Mississippi State University where she received a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries and went on to graduate from Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine.
After graduation, she and her husband Joel moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado where she practiced at a small animal clinic and they enjoyed skiing, hiking, and camping on the weekends.
After spending six years in Colorado, they decided to move a little closer to home and relocated to Arlington where they have enjoyed getting to know the area and their new neighbors. They have three young sons and a very large bloodhound mix named Hurley.
Heather Barton, LVT
Heather has been with Farrell Animal Hospital since February, 1994.
Heather was born in Ft. Worth, Texas. She graduated from Lamar High School in Arlington, and attended Texas Tech University where she received her Bachelors degree in Zoology in 1988. She worked in the veterinary field for several years before beginning work at Farrell Animal Hospital in February 1994. Heather became a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) in June 1995. She lives in Arlington with her dog Khaos, and her cat Kaleb. In her spare time Heather plays competitive soccer on numerous teams throughout the metroplex. (She's really good!)
Kristen Cline, LVT
Kristen has been with Farrell Animal Hospital since August 1998. She grew up in Wichita Falls. In 1994, She received her Bachelor’s in Education from Midwestern State University and moved to the metroplex to teach seventh grade math in Duncanville. She began working as a veterinary assistant part-time while still teaching, and eventually quit teaching to work in the veterinary field full-time. In August 1998, Kristen began working at Farrell Animal Hospital and went back to school at Cedar Valley College. She received an Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology and became a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) in August 2000. Kristen lives in Arlington with her dogs, Teddy and Zero; and her cat, Captain. In her spare time she trains and competes with her horse, Honey (her very beautiful rescue), in dressage competitions.
Samantha Abeln, LVT
Samantha has been with Farrell since August 2012. She grew up in Richardson, TX and attended Berkner High School. She went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin. She was a high school math teacher for four years before deciding to go back to school to pursue a career as a vet tech. While attending Cedar Valley College, she began working at Farrell as an assistant and became an LVT a year later. She resides in Arlington with her dog, Sadie, and cats, Gus and Catherine.
What is a Licensed Veterinary Technician? (LVT)
An LVT is someone who has attended and completed a formal veterinary technology program that is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. These programs are highly intensive college-level programs taught by educators who hold licensure as veterinarians or LVT's. Students attend classes for two years before graduating with an Associate of Science degree. Upon completion of the program, the applicant must then take and pass the State Regulatory Exam and Veterinary Technician National Exam.
LVT's who received their registration before 1996 may not have attended a formal veterinary technology program, but already held a degree in a related field. These LVT's were also required to take and pass the State and National Exams.
All LVT's in the state of Texas are registered with and overseen by the Texas Veterinary Medical Association.