Veterinarians

Providing advanced medical, surgical and wellness care to our patients and superior customer services to our clients.

Dr. Bert Parker is a native of Gates county, NC and grew up on a farm that raised one of our state’s favorite crops: peanuts. Dr. Parker has a B.S. in Agronomy (Crop and Soil Science) from North Carolina State University, and in 1986, he received his veterinary degree from North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Parker is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, North Carolina Veterinary Association, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, and the American Association of Bovine Practitioners. He is quite skilled and adept at treating all types of large animals, from horses and cows to sheep and pigs, but his particular area of interest lies in equine and bovine reproductive services.

Dr. Parker is an enthusiastic supporter of NCSU football, and during the fall, you may spot him and his wife Mary cheering in the stands or tailgating with friends somewhere around Carter Finley stadium. They also appreciate the country life on their local farm; actually, Dr. Parker says with a smile that his main hobby is “money pit projects on the farm.” He and Mary have a 20 year old American Quarter horse named Tanner Bob, along with boarding buddies Jake and Dakota, and four cats Barney, Bonnie, Sybil, and Zipper.

 

Dr. Jonathan Featherstone graduated from NCSA College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000.  He joined Rocky River Large Animal Veterinary Clinic June 12, 2000.  Dr. Featherstone works on all large animal species often, but especially enjoys equine dentistry and reproduction.  

Dr. Featherstone has a lovely wife, Stephanie Featherstone of 5 years.  He has two beautiful daughters (Jadyn 12 & Sadie 10) and a handsome young son (Archer 3).  He also has a beautiful stepdaughter (Addison 10) and a handsome stepson (Griffin 7). 

Dr. Featherstone enjoys spending time with family and friends, hunting, fishing and playing sports.  He loves to support the N.C. State Wolfpack!!

 

                   
Dr. Kristi Pierce-Shupe grew up in Colerain, NC, on the Chowan River near Edenton, North Carolina. She obtained her B.S. degree in Biology from North Carolina State University in 1998, and completed her veterinary training at North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. Upon receiving her DVM, Dr. Shupe served an equine internship at Virginia Tech, concentrating in large animal surgery and equine field service. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and American Association of Equine Practitioners. Her areas of special interest are lameness, musculoskeletal disorders, and ultrasound.
She is married to Eric Shupe and together they have two children Hannah Josephine Norah Jeanne Shupe. Dr. Shupe and her husband have a wide variety of interests and hobbies, including hunting and fishing, singing in the choir and playing the piano for the children’s choir, and wine tasting. Not surprisingly, she and Eric are accomplished riders, and very much enjoy time spent on some of the excellent horse trails found around our state, especially in the very beautiful Uwharrie Mountains nearby. The Shupe family presently has seven faithful animal companions: McKenzie, a Border Collie; Jolene, a mix breed,  Ria,  QH cross, Josie, April and Dee all  Quarter horses and Biscuit a mini.
                        

 

 

 

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Julie Coats, RVT is originally from Ohio and obtained her degree in veterinary technology at Columbus State/Ohio State Veterinary School. She was employed at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine for 20 years, first working for 9 years in the anesthesia dept. specializing in large animal anesthesia. From there she was the head technician in the cardiac metabolism laboratory, researching cardiac drugs for all species of animals. When her husband relocated to Charlotte she called Dr. Parker whom she knew from vet school and he hired her.

She has had horses all her life and attends endurance rides whenever she can, successfully finishing several 50 mile rides. She also has Shetland Sheepdogs and several cats along with her four horses that keep her busy when she is not at Rocky River Vets.

Jackie Hart is originally from China Grove, NC.  She began working with Dr. Parker and his associates in January 2010.  Jackie enjoys the mountains, beach and spending time with her family, husband Jeff, three sons, Justin, Adam, Andrew and grandson Austin.  They have 5 dogs, Boo Boo a mixed breed, 2 labs, Bonnie & Clyde and 2 Shih Tzu, Scooter & Deuce.