Welcome to Higdon Large Animal Services
Your Mobile Large Animal Veterinarian in Athens,TN
Call us at (423) 252-0773

Evening, Weekend, or Nighttime Emergency? Call us right away at (423) 252-0773!

If you live in Athens or the surrounding area and need a trusted veterinarian to care for your farm – look no further. Dr. John Higdon is a USDA accredited and licensed TN veterinarian, treating horses, cattle, goats, sheep, llamas and alpacas. Your farm animals' health and wellbeing are very important to us, and we take every possible measure to give your animals the care they deserve.

Higdon Large Animal Services is a mobile large animal service and welcomes both emergency treatment cases as well as patients in need of routine medical, surgical, and dental care.   Please note that emergency services are not available during regular daytime hours throughout the week. Emergencies can be seen on weekday evenings and nights as well as anytime on Saturday and Sunday.

We are happy to offer a number of resources that enable you to learn about how to take better care of your pets. Please feel free to browse our site, particularly the informational articles. The best veterinary care for animals is ongoing nutrition and problem prevention, so becoming knowledgeable about preventative pet care is essential to the ongoing success of your animal’s health. If you have any questions, call (423) 252-0773 or contact us and we'll promptly get back to you.

At Higdon Large Animal Services, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.

Dr. John Higdon
Athens Veterinarian | Higdon Large Animal Services | (423) 252-0773
Athens, TN 37303

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  • Dr.
    John Higdon

    Dr. Higdon is an Athens, TN native having graduated from McMinn County High School in 2009. He completed his undergraduate degree with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with Pre-Professional Emphasis and minors in Chemistry and Music at Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens in 2013. Dr. Higdon was accepted into veterinary school at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine where he graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine 2018.

    Dr. Higdon moved back to Athens to practice. He currently works as a small animal general practitioner for Sweetwater Veterinary Hospital in Sweetwater, TN. Dr. Higdon has also opened his own large animal practice to help fill a much needed niche in large animal medicine for McMinn and surrounding counties.

    In his spare time, Dr. Higdon has many interests including fishing, shooting sports, and riding reining horses.

    Dr. Higdon cannot wait to be there to help you with your equine and farm animal needs on your farm. Should you wish to visit him with your small furry family members (your cats and dogs) please schedule an appointment with him at Sweetwater Veterinary Hospital!

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Emergency fees will not be charged during these times Please call at anytime. Leave a detailed message if we do not answer.

Non-Emergency Hours


6:00 pm-8:00 pm


Emergency Only


6:00 pm-8:00 pm


3:00 pm-8:00 pm


6:00 pm-8:00 pm


By appointment or emergency only


By appointment or emergency only