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Beth Gibbins, DVM, Diplomate ACVO

Your pet will be examined by Dr. Beth Gibbins, DVM, a Board Certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist and a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologist (ACVO).  

Within the recent past, new knowledge, instrumentation and techniques in veterinary medicine have made it possible for specialist to receive advanced training in particular fields.  Specialists are now available to work with your referring veterinarian to help provide optimal patient care.  There are numerous specialty groups or boards recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).  Membership is gained after successfully completing a residency program and completion of written, oral and practical examinations.  There are currently less than 600 diplomates in the ACVO.

Dr. Beth Gibbins is originally from Anniston, Alabama.  She received her B.S. in Biology from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina in 1992 and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Auburn University in 1996.  Following graduation, she practiced general small animal veterinary medicine.  It was during these years in general practice that a passion for veterinary ophthalmology developed.  In 2000, she returned to Auburn University and completed a one year veterinary ophthalmology internship followed by a three year veterinary ophthalmology residency.  In 2004, she joined the specialist at the Emergency and Specialty Animal Medical Center and founded the Animal Eye Center.  Dr. Gibbins is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association, the Mid- States Veterinary Medical Association and the Jefferson County Veterinary Medical Association.   When not practicing ophthalmology, she enjoys spending time with her husband, her four sons, John, Michael, Charlie and Alex and her dog, Rocket. 

Kathy Welch, L.V.T

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Kathy “K.K.” Welch is a licensed veterinary technician and a member of the Veterinary Ophthalmic Technician Society.  K.K. graduated from Snead State Junior College Veterinary Technician Program in 1992 and entered small animal private practice.  In 1999, Kathy joined the Emergency and Specialty Animal Medical Center as a veterinary technician.  In 2004 when Dr. Gibbins founded the Animal Eye Center, Kathy brought her years of experience and dedication to the profession to our practice.  Kathy has been involved in veterinary medicine for the past 23 years, taking time off periodically to raise her two children, Will  and Kayla.  She has two dogs (Ellijay and Cooper). Kathy's diverse experience in veterinary medicine and high level of compassion make her a great contribution to our practice.

 Kristen Riordan, L.V.T

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Kristen was born and raised here in Birmingham.  She worked at a small animal private practice for 2 ½ years before joining our team in February 2016.  In May 2016, Kristen graduated Magna Cum Laude from Jefferson State Community College with an Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology.  She passed her national board exam and Alabama state board exam in September and is now an L.V.T. (Licensed Veterinary Technician).  At an early age, Kristen always knew she would want to be around and help animals.  She is excited to bring that compassion to our patients at the Animal Eye Center!  She currently has a rescue dog, Willow, and 2 older rescue cats she took in as strays, Sadie and Simon. 

Linda Sikes


Linda was born in Metropolis, Illinois, and at the age of 8 moved to Tarrant, Alabama.  As a young adult, she lived and worked in Mississippi and Texas in the medical field for 30 years.  She moved back to Tarrant in 2015 and is now attending Brown Mackie College finishing a degree in Business Management.  Linda has always loved animals and meeting new people.  She became our full-time receptionist in May 2016.  She is thoroughly enjoying meeting the clients and patients here at the Animal Eye Center.  Linda is a wonderful addition to our team, and we are thrilled to have her!