Dr J Linwood Jernigan

Meet the friendly staff at The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt!

J. Linwood Jernigan
President, Chief Medical Officer, Veterinarian
Growing up in Whiteville, North Carolina, Dr. J. Linwood Jernigan’s home was within walking distance of a veterinary practice. In the seventh grade, Dr. Jernigan started working there. This early exposure to the veterinary profession convinced him that the animal care field was the only choice for him!

Upon graduating high school, Dr. Jernigan enrolled in the Animal Science and Zoology programs at North Carolina State University. During his studies, he worked part-time for the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Veterinary Pathology laboratory and later for the National Institute of Environmental and Health Sciences. Following graduation, Dr. Jernigan attended graduate school to obtain his Master’s Degree in Dairy Nutrition before being accepted to North Carolina State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. After serving as a veterinarian and practice partner at two other local veterinary hospitals for 22 years, Dr. Jernigan opened The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt in 2006. Most recently, Dr. Jernigan has focused on medical advancements in dentistry, oral surgery, and reproductive services. He particularly enjoys soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. Above all, though, he takes great pleasure in helping families maintain a healthy human-animal relationship. Dr. Jernigan is married to his wonderful wife Ann, Finance Officer here at the hospital. They have two grown daughters and live with a Boston terrier named Julian as well as a rescued cat named Charlotte. Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Jernigan is an avid musician and plays the guitar, mandolin, and a bit of piano. He performs regularly at his church and at various local venues. Dr. Jernigan also enjoys following North Carolina State University sports, especially basketball and football.


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Feedback from our clients

  • "I have been taking my 16 year old lab, Oscar, to this vet since he came to me in 2004, and I wouldn't take any of my dogs anywhere else! They are so wonderful with both pets and people. I would recommend any of the doctors and staff to anyone."
    Erin H
  • "We have been going to another vet for years. We wanted to have our year old Wheaten Terrier, Rylee spayed by laparoscopy so she would have less pain and be back to her usual activity in 2-3 days instead of 10-14 days. Our vet does the traditional spay. We had a consult meet and greet with Dr. Courtney Pierce. She answered all our questions and so friendly and professional. They have a state of the art OR suite. Rylee did great. On post op day three she spotted a squirrel and did an all out chase with no ill effects! All the staff were great."
    Linda A
  • "I love Dr. Jernigan at AHLB and would never take my dog anywhere else! The staff is excellent with animals and always professional, courteous and respectful to owners. I have trusted this animal hospital for all of my dog's care, including check ups, surgeries (she's had three!) and for boarding when we have to go out of town. Every experience I have had here has been wonderful and I highly recommend their services to anyone looking for a veterinary office for their furry children!."
    Avery C