Our Veterinary Team in Cropwell
Jim Farmer, D.V.M.
Dr. Farmer graduated from Mississippi State University in 1984 and has been at Pell City Animal Hospital since 1989. Dr. Farmer lives with his beautiful daughter and they have two dogs, Cletus and Maddie, one cat and a varying numbers of chickens, horses and cows. He enjoys flying, cycling, working on the farm, shooting sports and college football.
Ken McMillan, D.V.M.
Dr. McMillan, born and raised in Union Springs, AL, graduated from the Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1981. He has been associated with Pell City animal Hospital since 1983 and became a partner in 1985.
In 1997 he was awarded the El Toro Award for Excellence in Food Animal Practice and was a member of the Alabama Agriculture Board for 8 years. He is a past President of the local Cattleman’s Association and the local Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. McMillan currently serves on national advisory panels on small animal parasite control and antibiotic resistance issues and is the legislative liaison for the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association. He also writes the “Ask the Vet” column for Progressive Farmer. Dr. McMillan was named the 2017 Alabama Veterinarian of the Year by the ALVMA.
Dr. McMillan has been married to Priscilla since 1991 and they have 2 sons, 2 dogs, 12 cats and a herd of Polled Hereford cattle. He enjoys farming, gardening, fishing, tennis boating, traveling, football and baseball.
Destinee Bearden, D.V.M.
Dr. Destinee Bearden, a 2008 Auburn University graduate, has joined our staff at Pell City Animal Hospital. Dr. Bearden grew up on her family’s dairy farm in Vincent, where she spent summers working and showing dairy cattle. Dr. Bearden worked for PCAH when she was a high school student and it is here where she decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She attended Auburn University for her undergraduate studies and obtained degrees in Agricultural Business and Economics and Animal Sciences before attending veterinary school. After graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Bearden completed a 1 year internship in Food Animal Medicine and Surgery with Oklahoma State University working primarily with rodeo stock and beef cattle operations. After her internship, she moved to Georgia where she has worked with mixed animal, small animal and emergency clinics before coming home to Alabama to join PCAH.
Her primary veterinary interests are with internal medicine, emergency medicine, surgery and food animal medicine. She and her husband, Tracey, have moved back to the family farm, now a functioning beef and horse operation, with their son, Mason, and 2 Labs, Bailey and Trooper. When not working, Dr. Bearden and her family enjoy lake life, visiting with extended family and raising Holstein dairy cattle on the farm.
Jim Ray, D.V.M
Dr. Ray is a 1985 graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. The majority of his professional life was spent in Tampa, Florida working at several small animal practices. He was also a co-owner of Tampa‘s first, exclusively feline veterinary practice. In addition to domesticated cats, he was fortunate enough to assist at Big Cat Rescue, a refuge for abandoned and abused large exotic cats from all over the world. He joined our PCAH family in March, 2021.
For the past seven years, Dr. Ray was chief of staff at Spartanburg Animal Clinic in South Carolina. His areas of professional concentration are feline medicine and surgery and small animal surgery.
Dr. Ray has been blessed with two daughters, five grandchildren, two horses, and two dogs. His hobbies are motorcycling, hiking, fishing, and woodworking. Welcome to PCAH!!