Meet Our Team

Our Veterinarians

  • Dr. David Newell

    Dr. Newell joined Dr. Till in 1973 after graduating from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, making the clinic Till-Newell Animal Hospital.  Dr. Newell has been an educator and role model for many young veterinarians through the years.  He was selected to serve as one of the first preceptors for the clinical internships of senior veterinary students for the newly established College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University from 1980-1985.  He has been and continues to be very active member of the community and state. Through his and his children's interest in the sport of rodeo, he became greatly involved in the Mississippi and National High School Rodeo Associations.  At the state level he served in multiple officer positions to include President of the Mississippi High School Rodeo Board of Directors. He also served as the National Director for Mississippi with the National High School Rodeo Association.  Dr. Newell was selected to serve on the Board of the Lauderdale County Agri-Center for 12 years from the inception to the completion of the Center and for five years afterwards.  As a Governor appointee, Dr. Newell served on the Mississippi Board of Animal Health from 1983-1991 and the Board of Veterinary Medicine from 1998 to present.  After his retirement in 2012, Dr. Newell has returned on a part time basis. He enjoys spending his extra spare time with his five grandchildren.

  • Dr. Diane Donaldson

    Dr. Diane Donaldson is a native of Meridian and began working at Till-Newell Animal Hospital in 1976 and continued as a part time employee until 1982.  In 1985 she graduated from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine and joined the United States Air Force.  She was then commissioned as an Environmental Health Officer. After her initial training at Brooks Air Force Base School of Aerospace Medicine she was stationed at Carswell Air Force Base, Ft. Worth Texas from 1985-1989. During this time she also worked as a small animal practioner at Town and Country Veterinary Hospital. After leaving her active duty assignment she joined the 20th Medical Service Squadron as an Air Force Reserve Officer and assumed a full time position as the primary veterinarian at Town and Country Veterinary Hospital. Upon Dr. Till’s retirement in 1991, Dr. Donaldson returned to Till-Newell Animal Hospital to pursue her career in small animal medicine and surgery. She also continued her military career as a member of the Mississippi Air National Guard 186th Medical Group as the Public Health Officer. She has treasured her years back in Meridian and returning home to her Till-Newell family. In 2008 she retired from her military career but has continued her veterinary career serving the needs of her clients. Dr. Donaldson’s special interest includes wildlife rehabilitation and time spent with her four legged babies.

  • Dr. Daniel Newell

    Dr. Daniel Newell grew up watching his father as a veterinarian.  He attended Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1999.  He then returned to Meridian and joined the staff.  He and his wife, Amy, have two daughters. He enjoys spending time with his family and riding horses.

  • Dr. Misty McNeil

    Dr. McNeil is also a native of Lauderdale County.  She attended Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2006.  She joined the staff after graduation.  She and her husband, Chris, have a daughter and son and live in Enterprise, MS.  She enjoys spending time with her family and photography.

  • Jamie King

    Jamie has been with the clinic since November 2001. She loves spending time with family, friends, and pets.  She also enjoys taking photographs of everyone and everything.  She enjoys bowling with her husband, Will.  She has a dachshund mix named Sweet Pea.

  • Krystal Kelley, LVT

    Krystal is a licensed veterinary technician.  She is from Jachin, AL and graduated from Choctaw County High School in 2005. She received an Animal Dairy Science degree from Mississippi State University in 2011, and  graduated from the veterinary technician program at Mississippi State University-College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2014.  She has three dogs, Blue, Misty, and Little Bit, and a cat, Socks. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors.

  • Amanda Butler, LVT

    Amanda is a licensed veterinary technician.  She is from Meridian, MS.  She graduated from Southeast High School in 2008. She graduated from the veterinary technician program at Mississippi State University-College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2015. During her time in the program, she was chosen as student of the year. She and her husband have one dog named Otis. In her spare time, she enjoys taking pictures of dogs.


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