Dr. Ann Shower

Dr. Shower received her Bachelor of Science (with honors) in Biology from Western Carolina University, and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (with Honors) from Auburn University, College of Veterinary Medicine. She enjoys all species of animals and has worked on both small and large animals. Her practice is currently limited to small animals. Having previously owned a mobile veterinary service, Dr. Ann (as her clients call her), wanted to expand her ability to care for her clients and their pets. A desire to provide affordable, quality care, in-clinic radiology, surgery, and inpatient care, she turned her dream into a reality as Animal House Veterinary Clinic. She is married to Bill Shower, and she and her husband have resided in Macon County since her retirement from the United States Navy in 1995. Together, Dr. Ann and Bill have 6 children, 14 grandchildren, 9 cats, and 3 dogs.

Hobbies: Dr. Ann enjoys horseback riding, reading, spending time with family, and whenever she gets the chance to return to her hometown in Hawaii, she enjoys surfing, swimming and assisting the pets of the homeless through her work with K9 Kokua.

Community: Dr. Ann believes everyone should try and give back to their community. She works closely with the Macon County Humane Society to assist in their spay and neuter campaign, provides health and surgical services to the shelter animals as needed. Providing unusual and life-saving surgery to special needs animals (those that might never be adopted due to a congenital defect, surgical need, or chronic problem) her efforts have helped to place several special needs shelter pets in their forever homes.

Amanda Muse

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Amanda was born and raised in the Franklin, NC area. She graduated from Trimont Christian Academy in 2010, received a college education at Lincoln Memorial University, and earned her BS in Veterinary Medical Technology in 2015. She has always loved animals and known she wanted to work in the veterinary field. Amanda has been with Animal House since the summer of 2015. When she isn’t working, you can find Amanda lost within the pages of a good book.

Barb Abel


Barb has been working in the veterinary field for most of her adult life, with her primary focus being in Reception and Administration. She has been with Animal House since August of 2017 and is dedicated to her role of making clients and their pets feel welcome, connected, and an important part of the Animal House family. Barb has a BA in English (loves to read, loves to write!), and is an avid runner. She especially enjoys running with Dr. Shower’s Labrador Retriever, Nani, on the Little Tennessee River Greenway.

Jessica Henson

Veterinary Assistant

Jessica, a native of Macon County, is our resident “Cat Whisperer.” She started working with Animal House when the practice opened in 2012. She takes pride in her work and has a special interest in surgical/anesthetic monitoring, patient care, and client education. When she isn’t working at the clinic, Jessica is active in her church and enjoys cooking, writing, and spending any free time with her husband, Eric, and their two daughters, four cats, and senior Shepherd-mix, Toby, on their family cattle farm.


Valerie joined our staff in May of 2021 as a part time receptionist. When she is not working at the clinic, she enjoys antiquing, canning, reading, and spending time with her rescue dogs, Chloe and Foster, and her rescue cat Lynyrd.


Ashley joined our team in May of 2022 after relocating to Franklin from the DMV area. She has over ten years experience in the veterinary field, not only in general practice, but also five years in emergency ICU care. When she is not at work, she is spending time at home with her 3 dogs, 5 cats, 4 goats, and boyfriend. She also enjoys horseback riding, cooking, hiking, and hitting up the local farmers’ markets.