about our veterinary practice Huntsville, AL
Bentley Animal Hospital is proud to serve Huntsville, AL and surrounding areas. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of veterinary medicine along with friendly, compassionate service.

We believe in treating every patient as if they were our own pet, and giving them the same loving attention and care. We are a group of highly trained, experienced animal lovers who are devoted to giving our patients the best care possible.

If you have any questions about how we can care for your pet, please don't hesitate to call us at (256) 852-4121. Thank you!

Dr. Eric Hulsey

Dr. Hulsey is the owner of Bentley Animal Hospital. He started working part time for Dr. Bentley in 1986 and he continued to work during his school breaks. In 1991 he graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. After a short stint in a mixed animal practice, Dr. Hulsey returned “home” to Bentley Animal Hospital as a DVM in January 1992. In 1998, Dr. Hulsey purchased the practice from Dr. Bentley and in 2001 moved us to our current location.

Dr. Stacey Matthews

Dr. Matthews joined our practice in February 2016. She is a University of Georgia graduate. She has worked in a variety of practices throughout the United States and this has served to give her a diverse and extensive knowledge of veterinary medicine. She enjoys both small animal medicine and surgery.

Dr. Matthews lives in Fayetteville, Tennessee with her husband and son. They have a mini-ranch consisting of horses, donkeys, chickens, cats, and dogs. She has a parrot named Merlyn that has been with her since hatching in 1990!

In her spare time, Dr. Matthews enjoys traveling, horseback riding, and spending time with her family and animals. She loves her job, stating “Veterinary medicine is such an exciting and forever evolving profession. I cannot imagine doing anything else.”

Dr. Katie Temmen

Dr. Temmen joined our practice in 2016. She is a graduate of Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. She has special interests in Cardiology, Immunology, and Nutrition. She especially enjoys the opportunity to be part of both her patients’ and clients’ lives. In her spare time, Dr. Temmen loves to hike, knit, read, and spend time with her husband, son and their five pets: three dogs – Griffin, Finn, and Roger, and two cats—Morticia and Gomez.

Annette

Practice Manager

Annette, her husband, and two daughters moved to Huntsville in 2007 from Long Island, NY. She spent 13 years managing a veterinary hospital in New York, and began her time here at Bentley in 2009 as a receptionist until 2016. In November 2020 she returned “home” as the hospital manager. When she is not at the office loving on our patients, she spends time with her oldest daughter who is in the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, watching her youngest play soccer, adjusting to an empty nest with her hubby, or snuggling on the couch with her seven dogs. She has three Japanese Chin (Emi, Guinness, Groot), a Pomeranian (Hudson), a CavaChin (Ciara), and two King Charles Cavaliers (Cider and Bristol).

Angela

Receptionist

Angela moved to the Huntsville area from California in 2016. She has worked for veterinary offices since 2006, having taken some time off in the middle to be a mom to her children. She loves to take family day-trips, and searching for inspiration on Pinterest. Football is big in her family, and “GO NINERS!” is their battle cry. She loves spending time with her family both two-legged AND four-legged: she has four 2-legged pets (ummm, children) and five 4-legged pets: dogs named Bubba, Nala, Daisy, Slinky, and Shadow.

Delaney

Veterinary Assistant, Receptionist Team Lead

Originally from Michigan, Delaney moved to the Huntsville area in late 2007. She has been working at Bentley Animal Hospital since 2015, having begun her veterinary career in 2008. She is an officer for the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism, plays flute (and alto and bass flutes) in the Prevailing Winds Flute Ensemble, and enjoys playing board games, attending concerts, and traveling. Delaney and her husband share their home with a Dachshund puppy named Gravy and two rescue kitties: a special needs calico named Tortellini, and a house-puma named Isaac.

Emily

Receptionist

Emily came to the Huntsville area from Michigan in 2011 and began her career in the veterinary field immediately. She is experienced in animal behavior, specifically canine training and then made the transition to Receptionist at Bentley Animal Hospital in 2022. Emily enjoys traveling (Scotland has been her favorite place so far), watching baseball (go Detroit Tigers!) and spending time with her family and friends. She has two dogs, Lily and Tucker, and two cats, Toulouse and Cheeseburger.

Kevin

Veterinary Assistant / Kennel Attendant

A Huntsville-area native, Kevin has been working off and on in the veterinary field since 2008. He is a Plant Hobbyist, and can likely answer any question you may have on the topic. He has a cat named Kitters, and is a friend to turtles and frogs, having several at home as pets. Kevin loves to spend time outside, yet he NEVER tans.

Kyra

Veterinary Nurse

Kyra is retired from the United States Marine Corps, where she worked as an Intelligence Analyst. She met her husband while in the Corps and they were married in 2011. Kyra began working in Veterinary Medicine in 2014, and started at Bentley Animal Hospital in 2023. Kyra and Jesse currently have 3 dogs, 3 cats, a menagerie of reptiles, and have welcomed their newborn son in March 2024.

Lindsay

Veterinary Assistant

Lindsay comes to us from the Pacific Northwest: California and Washington states. She has a veterinary assistant certification and has been working in the field since 2016. Lindsay has a propensity for long-haired pets: her dog Freya is a Long-haired Dachshund and her cat Rue Razzles is also long-haired. Her short-haired cat Todd wishes he had long hair. Lindsay’s favorite activity is sleeping, but when awake she enjoys spending time with her family and baby daughter Ellie (Lindsay is a new mom!), and watching horror movies.

Madison

Kennel Attendant / Receptionist

Madison has grown up an avid lover of animals—how could she not when Annette is her mother? In her increasingly narrowing spare time, she enjoys playing soccer and helps out at Bentley Animal Hospital as a receptionist and kennel attendant. Big changes are ahead for Madison: she and her husband (they’re newlyweds!) have recently bought a home together and she recently graduated as Registered Nurse. She has four dogs: Finch (Pomeranian), Sperry (Japanese Chin), Nellie and Oatmeal (Dachshunds).

Mary

Veterinary Assistant / Kennel Attendant

Mary came to Bentley having worked in dog rescue. She has two rescue dogs herself: Miles, a German Shepherd and Maggie, a Pitbull. She recently adopted a German Shepherd puppy named Echo. Mary enjoys taking the dogs for hikes and on adventures. When not “adventuring”, she enjoys home time with her family and friends and cuddles from Maggie, Miles, and Echo. Mary’s ultimate goal would be to visit each National Park throughout the United States. Will the dogs visit the parks too? Stay tuned….

Nicole

Kennel Attendant

Nicole is new to the veterinary profession but has grown up surrounded by dogs, horses, and chickens making Bentley Animal Hospital a comfortable fit. Her favorite part of working here is getting to play with the dogs that are here as our boarding guests – especially the golden retrievers! In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and taking road trips to theme parks and concerts. Nicole has 1 dog, 2 cats, horses, and chickens.

Pat

Kennel Manager

Pat has been in the veterinary business for over 30 years, and he has been with Bentley Animal Hospital since 2001, caring for our pets (in fact, Pat and Shirley began their career at BAH the same day!). He is a Huntsville native and has been married to his wife Tracy since 2009. He enjoys Punk Rock and wrestling while keeping a special place in his heart for Chihuahuas.

Samantha

Veterinary Nurse / Patient Care Team Lead

Growing up on the family farm led the way to her love of animals. Sam has been in the veterinary field since 2000. She enjoys spending time at home with her family and tinkering around the farm as there is always a fence to mend, a weed to pull, or a dog to pet. When not working or on the farm, Sam enjoys attending garden club meetings, one to which she is an officer.

Shirley

Veterinary Assistant

Shirley has been with Bentley Animal Hospital since 2001 (in fact, Shirley and Pat began their career at BAH the same day!). You can usually find Shirley keeping the doctors on track with their appointments or keeping things stocked up with all our necessities. From surgeries to treatments, appointments to boarders, she can do it all! When not at BAH, Shirley loves spending time with her family, and has been known to win a few singing competitions.

Tatum

Clinic Assistant / Morale Booster

As Samantha’s daughter, Tatum has grown up on a farm and around animals. She began working at Bentley Animal Hospital in 2021 as a general assistant offering aid to each area of the hospital in need and by helping to keep our grounds clean. Her biggest asset to BAH is as our morale booster – she gives us uplifting compliments throughout our day, and it’s difficult to not smile as she tells us how wonderful and beautiful we each are. Tatum’s favorite part of working at BAH is helping take care of our patients and learning new skills. Her hobbies include drawing characters (humans and animals), playing videogames, and watching anime – and she does all this while listening to her favorite music!

Tonya

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Bio coming soon!