Pine Belt Veterinary Hospital and Kennel

7436 US Hway 49 North
Hattiesburg, MS 39402


Our Techs & Receptionists



RJ (Large Animal)RJ (Large Animal)

Ronald “RJ” Palmer was born and raised in Hattiesburg, MS. He attended The University of Southern Mississippi where he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences in 2019.

As a large animal technician, RJ’s responsibilities include maintaining a clean environment within the barn and assisting the large animal veterinarians with their procedures, the former in which he especially takes great pride.

He and his wife, Emily, live in Hattiesburg and are proud parents of three cats. 

Amber (Small Animal)Amber (Small Animal)

Amber Campbell, originally from Morton, MS, joined the Pine Belt family July of 2021. Amber knew her career path when she started work at a veterinary clinic in 2010 and eventually expanded her knowledge as she attended Mississippi State University. A graduate of 2018 from the Veterinary Medical Technology Program with a Bachelor’s degree in Science, she is now a Certified Veterinary Technologist. She is married to a large animal veterinarian at Pine Belt Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Stephen Campbell. Dr. Campbell and her reside in Hattiesburg, MS, and attend Temple Baptist Church. 

Heidi (Small Animal)

Heidi (Small Animal)

Heidi Miller was born and raised in Starkville, MS where she later attended Mississippi State University. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree Fall 2020 in Wildlife Biology, Ecology, and Management. Heidi moved to Hattiesburg shortly after graduation and joined the Pine Belt family December of 2020. She is currently enrolled at San Juan College in the Veterinary Technology Program to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. She has three dogs (Fawn, Zeppelin and Nelly) and a guinea pig (Peanut).

Laura (Small Animal)Laura (Small Animal)

Laura Lucas is our Lead Veterinary Technician from Seminary, MS. She was born in Flowood, MS, but primarily grew up in Madison, MS. Laura attended Hinds Community Colleges Veterinary Technician program directly after high school. She is currently enrolled in Penn Foster to complete her certification. Laura knew from a young age that she wanted to be in the veterinary field. She joined the Pine Belt Family May 2015 after moving from Brandon, MS. Laura has 5 dogs (Theodore Riley, Titan, Maizey Kate, Zouri, and Smiley), 4 cats (Bunnie, Meow, Tiny, and Wallace), and 1 horse (Max). She is married to her high school sweetheart, Jake Lucas. In her spare time, Laura enjoys spending time on the river with friends and family, traveling (especially to Branson, MO), and spending time with her fur children.


Sydney Brown was born and raised in Seminary, MS and began working at Pine Belt Veterinary Hospital and Kennel June of 2016 while she was attending Seminary High School. She later attended Jones County Junior College (Jones College) as a Pre-Veterinary student and then transferred to William Carey University to earn a Bachelor of Science.




Shawna worked as a Veterinary Assistant in New Orleans for four years before moving to Hattiesburg and joining the Pine Belt Veterinary Team as a receptionist in October of 2022. She spends her free time reading books, hiking with her dogs and occasionally leash walking the cats around the yard.


Kennel Technicians


Jessy Daniels, originally from Southaven, MS moved to Hattiesburg, MS in 2015 along with her husband and son. She worked at Forrest General Hospital as a Emergency Technician and Patient Accountant Assistant for 4 years. Knowing her calling was in animal medical care, Jessy began work at Pine Belt Veterinary Hospital August of 2020. She is the proud mom of not only her son, but a dog named Cayde and 3 cats named Tuna, Cup and Shaker.


Karlee Mitchell grew up in Seminary, MS. She was part of the Pine Belt family, took some time off and joined us again in 2023. Karlee loves spending time with her family, especially her husband, Aaron and her daughter, Lillee. She has 2 dogs, Hopper and Indi and a Guinea pig named Sugar. Karlee enjoys working at Pine Belt because she loves meeting new animals and caring for them as her own.


Makaylia was born and raised in Jackson, MS. She has her associates degree in Veterinary Medicine and has worked with animals for 10 years and has loved every minute of it. Makaylia and her fiance, Matthew have one son, Mason and they enjoy spending time outdoors and taking their Chiweenie, Lainey with them everywhere they go. She has always had a passion caring for animals and she thrives on making sure they have the best experience and feel comfortable when they come for either a visit or boarding. 


Megan Dyer was born and raised in Manheim, Pennsylvania. Back home she grew up on her family's dairy farm. You could always find her in the barn helping her dad milk or helping her mom with vet work. Before moving she milked on a 600 head dairy farm for 6 years. In June 2021, she moved to Mississippi after she married her husband, Brandon Dyer. After the move, Megan became a resin and clay artist where she started her own business, Tipsy Tiara. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, line dancing with friends, kayaking and spending time with family. She has a horse named Pistol, a Corgi named Millie, and a step-daughter named Millie Kate. How funny is that ?!


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