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The Doctor

Dr. Jen Larson – DVM, Partner

Larson.jpgI grew up south of Atlanta in the small town of Fayetteville, GA. My interest in veterinary medicine sparked after shadowing a veterinarian at Zoo Atlanta when I was in the 4th grade. I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree at Georgia State University and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia. Go dawgs! During my education, I gained additional experience working at the Georgia Aquarium, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and several small animal practices. Following graduation, I completed an internship with the Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Charlotte, NC which included additional training in surgery, internal medicine and emergency. After completing my internship, I entered general practice. My special interests include education, oncology, small mammals and exotics, and ultrasound. It did not take long for me to fall in love with Charlotte. Outside of VetweRx, I enjoy spending time with my husband, who is also a veterinarian, and our furry kids: Rascal, Samantha Jane, and Ace. For fun, I enjoy jogging, playing the piano, trying new restaurants, and spending time with friends and family.

Dr. Stephanie McGinness, DVM

stephanie-mcginness.jpgI’ve always had a special love of nature and animals. I grew up in Virginia and knew from a young age that I wanted to be a veterinarian. I majored in biology at the University of Mary Washington and worked very hard to earn my spot in veterinary school at Virginia Tech (go Hokies!).

After graduation, I worked in emergency and critical care medicine. It was rewarding learning new things every day and helping pets and their families when they needed it most. Something, however, was missing. I missed making personal connections with people which is why I wanted to join the compassionate team at VetweRx. Some of my favorite areas of medicine are end of life care, palliative and hospice care, pain relief, behavior, ultrasound, and internal medicine. The comfort and happiness of pets is extremely important to me which is why I became a Fear Free Certified Practitioner. This means I have completed additional training in pet behavior and body language, the kindest pet handling techniques, and methods to relieve patient fear and stress in the hospital. I’m also a member of the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care as well as the American Association of Feline Practitioners. In my spare time, I enjoy going on adventures with my retired racing greyhounds Ian and Keto, kayaking, seeing live music, and reading.

Technicians and Staff

Jenna Harmon – Technician


Although I called South Florida home for many years, I decided to move back to my hometown in Lincoln County over 11 years ago. I have always loved animals and knew at a very young age that I would have a career in the veterinary field. I began working in shelter medicine in high school, and began working at my first general practice during college. I have been working in the veterinary field for over 13 years. I am currently enrolled in classes to pursue my degree in Veterinary Technology. Although I enjoy all aspects of veterinary medicine, my special interest are in client education and nutrition. I share my home with my husband, our daughter, and our critter kids: Cactus Jack, a retired Greyhound; Godiva, a teacup Chihuahua; Carmine, a Russian Blue; Fester, a Sphynx; and 3 Rhode Island Red hens. When not working at VetweRx or studying, I enjoy spending time in the kitchen, cooking and baking, and watching our daughter play sports.

Khori Parish – Technician


I joined the VetweRx team after bringing in my 5 rabbits for an examination by Dr. Jen. I recently started veterinary technician school and was excited to hear that VetweRx was hiring. I have a strong passion for animal care and hospitality. When I'm not at VetweRx, I am spending time with my mom, my little brother, and my 5 rabbits and 2 dogs (Champ and Bentleigh).

Josh Lachen – Technician

2-12-15-13-resize.jpgI was born in Miami, FL and have lived in Charlotte for over 10 years. Before starting my journey in the veterinary field, I was an EMT and CNA in alcohol and drug treatment facilities. After many negative experiences with vet care involving my personal pets, I felt I could make a difference in the field and show other owners their pets the compassion they deserve. In 2011, I gained experience with animals at a grooming facility and as a supervisor at Camp Waggin' Tails. In 2014, I became a technician at Foster Animal Clinic.

I am currently a fulltime technician at VetweRx and a part-time ICU technician at Charlotte Animal Referral and Emergency. I have a pack of 4 dogs: Knubz, Martha, Beefy and Minka. In my spare time, I like to collect vintage pop art, listen to live music, and take my pack to the dog park. I have a natural love for animals and watching various behaviors. I am honored to be a part of the VetweRx team and to build relationships with clients and their four-legged (and occasional three-legged) children.

Nancy Swanagan- Receptionist/Client Relations

Nancy SwanaganI have always had a love for animals, and while growing up in Columbus, Ohio was blessed to live in a house full of little critters. I received a degree in natural resources and wildlife management which led to a job at the Columbus Zoo. After getting married, I moved to a suburb of Atlanta Georgia where I raised 5 children and just like my childhood, surrounded my own children with an abundance of pet reptiles, birds, amphibians, fish, small mammals and even insects. For the last 15 years I have enjoyed working in boarding facilities and veterinary clinics, and am extremely excited to be working along side my Veterinarian daughter, Jen Larson, at VetweRx. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, bird watching, walking the trails of natural parks and especially enjoy spending time with my ever-growing family including my seven grandkids, with 2 more expected in the next few months!


  • Seasonal Care

    Heat Stroke Heatstroke may kill or seriously injure your pet—but it can easily be avoided by adhering to the following tips. Never leave pets in cars on warm days. Exercise your pet during the cool part of the day. Look out for rapid breathing, loud panting or staggering; these can be signs of dehydration, ...

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  • Recognizing Illnesses

    Only a healthy pet is a happy companion. Assuring your pet's daily well-being requires regular care and close attention to any hint of ill health. The American Veterinary Medical Association therefore suggests that you consult your veterinarian if your pet shows any of the following signs: * Abnormal ...

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  • Mealtime

    Puppies Feed a high quality diet designed for puppies. A wide variety of diets and formulations are available and your veterinarian should be your primary source of information as to the best choice for your puppy. The amount fed will vary with the type of food and the individual dog, but in general, ...

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  • Ticks

    Ticks are the small wingless external parasites, living by hematophagy on the blood of mammals, birds, and occasionally reptiles and amphibians. Ticks are blood-sucking parasites that are often found in freshly mown grass, where they will rest themselves at the tip of a blade so as to attach themselves ...

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  • Seizures

    Seizures are common in dogs, but more unusual in cats. Seizures are just symptoms which can occur with many kinds of diseases. They can happen because of diseases outside the brain or inside the brain. Low blood sugar that can happen with an overdose of insulin or with a tumor of the pancreas can cause ...

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  • Ruptured Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)

    The rupture of the cruciate ligament is the most common knee injury in the dog. This injury has two common presentations. One is the young athletic dog playing roughly who acutely ruptures the ligament and is non-weight bearing on the affected hind leg. The second presentation is the older, overweight ...

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  • Luxating Patella

    Luxating patella is a condition where the kneecap (patella) moves out of its normal position. Luxating patella is one of the most common knee joint abnormalities of dogs, but it is only occasionally seen in cats. It may affect one or both of the knees. In some cases it moves (luxates) towards the inside ...

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  • Liver Shunt

    A liver shunt is also named a PSS, portosystemic shunt, portacaval shunt or portosystemic vascular anomaly. This abnormality occurs when a pet's venous blood from the intestine bypasses the liver. In the normal pet, blood vessels pick up nutrients from ingested material in the intestine and carry it ...

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  • Hypothyroidism

    Hypothyroidism is the natural deficiency of thyroid hormone and is the most common hormone imbalance of dogs. This deficiency is produced by several different mechanisms. The most common cause (at least 95% of cases) is immune destruction of the thyroid gland. It can also be caused by natural atrophy ...

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  • Epilepsy

    Epilepsy (often referred to as a seizure disorder) is a chronic neurological condition characterized by recurrent unprovoked seizures. It is commonly controlled with medication, although surgical methods are used as well. Epileptic seizures are classified both by their patterns of activity in the brain ...

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