About Us

Why We
Specialize in Caring


Poplar Springs Animal Hospital was founded in 1983 by Dr. Chip's Dad, who we fondly call "Big Doc" when he is on the premises and lending his expertise.

"One of the things that makes this practice special is our heritage," said Dr. Chip. "It gives me a finer appreciation of Meridian and its people — this is MY home and I have dedicated myself to being a true contributor to the community."

The staff agrees. Poplar Springs Animal Hospital often has the burden in today's world of finding abandoned or hurt pets on our doorstep. With no questions asked, we help. We also find homes.

Once a year, we hold a special "spay and neuter" clinic, offering deep discounts on the normal price we charge.

Each year, along with our sister company Animal Medical Supply, we sponsor the Krewe of Barkus at Meridian Mardi Gras, an event that raises money to help with strays and abandoned pets.

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Poplar Springs Animal Hospital-DR. CHIP
Dr. A.P. "Chip" Carney IV

"I grew up the son and great nephew of vets so I have always had a love for animals as long as I could remember," Dr. Carney said.

He shows that love by volunteering for many causes, especially the Humane Society's spay and neuter program for many years. He is pictured with his son, Aiden (photo taken a few years ago — Aiden is bigger now!).

Dr. Jennifer Lagendijk-Cobb

Jennifer is a recent summa cum laude graduate with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from St. George's University School of Veterinary Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Science from Mississippi State University and did her 4th Year Clinical Training at Auburn University. The Meridian native has a special interest in veterinary dermatology.

Dr. A.P. Carney III

"Big Doc," as he is known around here, has more than 50 years experience as a vet and is still going strong. This Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine grad has a special interest in orthopaedic surgery — but can also diagnose and treat just about anything. Ralphie the poodle is his current fave.

Dr. Glenn May

Dr. Glenn May has been a vet for more than 50 years. This Auburn University-trained doc had his own practice in Philadelphia for 40 years until he retired. But apparently retirement didn’t suit. “I started doing relief work with various clinics, and just kept adding days!” You can find him and his years of expertise now at Poplar Spring Animal Hospital.

Dr. Earl Laird

Now your fur baby can have the best team of veterinarians for treatment as Poplar Springs Animal Hospital welcomes Dr. Earl Laird to our practice. Dr. Laird has many years of experience caring for all types of pets, from your pup to your kitty. Dr. Laird joins top doctors Chip Carney and Jennifer Cobb — plus the elder Dr. Carney and Dr. Glenn May — forming an expert vet team for your pet’s care.

Angelia "Angie" Hamilton

Office Manager Angie is NO stranger to Poplar Springs Animal Hospital! She started with us when she was just 15; and has worked over the years here, at Animal Medical Supply, and with Dr. Chip's sister, Dr. Virginia Carney-Nelson. A lover of animals since day one, Angie has been back in Meridian for awhile; she has three dogs and one bird  — a very happy Eclectus.

Angela McKinney

Angela has spent more than 25 years in the vet business, starting at home because she had two long-haired pups and her Dad handed her some clippers and said "you can do it!" Originally from Indiana, Angela started as a vet tech, has been a groomer for a long time.

Robyn Farquhar

Robyn has returned to us full time as a receptionist and we are very glad! Robyn is the "Mother Teresa" of the stray cat world and can always be counted on for trying to find homes for cats in need.

Ashley Watkins