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J Neil Utkov, DVM


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Dr. Utkov completed his doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia and completed post-graduate studies at the Animal Medical Center in New York City and the University of Missouri at Columbia.

A lifetime resident of Memphis, Dr. Utkov established Pet Health Center in 1989. Dr. Utkov volunteered his veterinary expertise in 1989 to serve as a staff veterinarian with the Wildlife Rescue Organization in Valdez, Alaska after the tragic Exxon oil spill. He has continued his commitment to the environment by providing care for injured native wildlife. Dr. Utkov is a member of the Memphis, Shelby County, and Tennessee Veterinary Medical Associations.


Dr. Jill Bates, DVM 

Dr. Jill Bates earned both a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Science from Texas A&M University. She completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000.

Dr. Bates was previously an Associate Veterinarian with Munford Animal Hospital as well as a relief doctor in the Memphis area. She joined the staff at Pet Health Center in July 2016.

Dr. Bates is a previous winner of The Leader’s award for Tipton County’s Favorite Veterinarian. Dr. Bates is a member of the Memphis, Shelby County and Tennessee Veterinary Medical Associations.

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