Meet Our Team

Get Quality Care You Can Depend On

You want to be confident you’re doing everything right to keep your pet healthy.

When choosing your veterinarian you want to know that you’re getting excellent care without unnecessary cost. 

At Huntcliff Veterinary Clinic we believe that whether it’s your fur baby or the kids’ pet, you should be confident you’re making the right healthcare choices for your four-legged family members. 

Dr. Walker opened our clinic in 1980 and we’ve been family-owned and operated ever since. For the last 40 years, we’ve cared for thousands of the most loved pets in the Clinton and Jackson Metro area. Mississippi Magazine even named us one of the top 5 vet clinics in the state.

We are committed to providing your pet the best health care so you can be confident you’re doing everything right to keep them happy and healthy.

Request an appointment today to get started.

Our Owner

Dr. Rodney Walker

A graduate of Mississippi State (undergraduate) and Auburn University (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine), Dr. Walker has been caring for pets in Clinton and the greater Jackson area for more than 40 years.

Experienced in both exotic and domestic animal care, Dr. Walker spent 22 years as the veterinarian for the Jackson Zoo. An avid outdoorsman, he also served as a trail veterinarian for the annual Alaskan dog sled races for 6 years.

He and his high-school sweetheart, Charla, raised their two children in Clinton and now enjoy spoiling their two grandchildren and five grandpets.

Mississippi State University, Undergraduate
Auburn University, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Our Doctors

Dr. Stribling-Prater

A Clinton native and long time client of Huntcliff Veterinary Clinic, Dr. Stribling-Prater officially joined our team as Associate Veterinarian in 2018.

But her journey into the profession started long before that. An avid animal lover, Dr. Stribling-Prater knew at five years old that she wanted to be a veterinarian. Educated at Mississippi State University, her professional experience has spanned continents including a trip to Africa to work in a wildlife conservation camp. 

Dr. Stribling-Prater and her husband, Levi, now live in Clinton with their four dogs and one cat. She is active in the Chi-Ro Cross-Fit community and she and her husband are both active members of Pinelake Church.

Mississippi State University, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, 2016

Dr. Bayard Grillis

A native of Copiah County, Dr. Grillis developed his love for the rural lifestyle and animals early in life. He was homeschooled before entering Mississippi State University, where he completed his degree in Biochemistry, followed by his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2016.

Before joining Huntcliff Veterinary Clinic as a full-time associate in 2024, Dr. Grillis worked multiple years as an associate for a mixed animal practice and served two years as a relief veterinarian for numerous practices throughout Mississippi, including Huntcliff. When not working in the clinic, Dr. Grillis enjoys serving central Mississippi’s large animal needs through his mobile practice, Barnyard Veterinary Services.

Dr. Grillis’ other interests include: hiking in state/national parks, kayaking, shooting sports, bowfishing, and reading. He is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, where he volunteers with the broadcast ministry. Dr. Grillis looks forward to continuing to serve the patients and clients of Huntcliff Veterinary Clinic, where his goal is to glorify God as a veterinarian through providing exceptional care.

Mississippi State University, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, 2016

Support Staff

Carri Chester

Client Services Rep,
Vet Nurse

Taylor Thomas

Vet Nurse

Amanda VanWye

Hospital Manager, Vet Nurse, CVT

Shannon Owens

Head Kennel Tech

Taylor Havemann

Kennel Tech

Alli Shaw

Client Services Rep.

Stephanie McCarty

Client Services Rep

Emily Mixon

Vet Nurse

Christen Lopez

Vet Nurse

+49 856 9568 95

39 Lion Street

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