Welcome to Veterinary Specialties at the Lake
Your Veterinarian in Sherrills Ford, NC
Call us at 828-478-3500

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Dr. Jane Barber

Our Mission

From the first hello to the final farewell, our mission at Veterinary Specialties is to partner with you to provide the best quality of life, throughout the life of your pet. This mission goes far beyond the state-of-the-art medicine and surgery services we offer. Every aspect of each visit is designed to minimize stress and be pet-friendly. Each member of our healthcare team is committed to providing compassionate care and personal attention. Our goal is to have our patients be discharged not only in perfect health, but with their tails wagging and their motors running.

If you live in Sherrills Ford or the surrounding area and need a trusted veterinarian to care for your pets – look no further. Jane Barber DVM, MS, DACT is a licensed NC veterinarian, treating all types of pets. Your pets’ health and wellbeing are very important to us, and we take every possible measure to give your animals the care they deserve.

Veterinary Specialties at the lake is a full service, privately owned animal hospital that welcomes both emergency treatment cases as well as pet patients in need of routine medical, surgical, and dental care. Jane Barber DVM, MS, DACT has years of experience treating serious conditions and offering regular pet wellness care. Beyond first rate pet care, we make our clinic comfortable, kid-friendly, and calm, so your pet can relax in the waiting room and look forward to meeting our Sherrills Ford veterinarian.

We are happy to offer a number of resources that enable you to learn about how to take better care of your pets. Please feel free to browse our site, particularly the informational articles. The best veterinary care for animals is ongoing nutrition and problem prevention, so becoming knowledgeable about preventative pet care is essential to the ongoing success of your animal’s health. If you have any questions, call 828-478-3500 or email us and we'll promptly get back to you. Our Sherrills Ford veterinarian office is very easy to get to -- and you can find directions on our Contact Us page! We also welcome you to subscribe to our newsletter, which is created especially for Sherrills Ford pet owners.

At Veterinary Specialties at the Lake, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.

Jane Barber DVM, MS, DACT
Sherrills Ford Veterinarian | Veterinary Specialties at the Lake | 828-478-3500

1675 Mollys Backbone Rd
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673

Meet Our Skilled Team

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  • Jane Barber

    Dr. Jane Barber has devoted her whole life to the well-being of animals.She set her sights on becoming a veterinarian when she was just eleven. She did just that and a whole lot more. After eight years to become a veterinarian, she went on to nine more years of specialty training in behavior and theriogenology (reproduction and neonatology). She spent so many years in school that she did not settle down to marry and start a family until she was forty. Dr. Barber and her husband, Scott Nephew, have two “tall, dark and handsome” sons, Preston and Jonathan. She is active instate, national and international professional organizations and in the Lake Norman community in which her family resides. Dr. Barber believes that 60 is the new 30. In her 60’s, she became licensed to teach Zumba when her instructor fell ill and could no longer teach the class. She still teaches the class today. Fascinated with cetaceans, she (also while in her 60’s) went on an excursion to swim with humpback whales in the middle of the ocean. Her work as a veterinarian is her passion; she loves it and her patients. Each day spent in service to her fur friends and families is her joy and privilege.

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    Kathy Knodel

    We are proud to announce Dr. Kathy Knodel is returning to our practice from Mooresville Animal Hospital. She brings over 30 years experience, much of which she spent working in the Lake Norman area. We are truly excited to have her join our team….

  • Beth Nix

    Beth Nix has worked for Veterinary Specialties At The Lake since its opening in Fall of 2009. Starting as a receptionist to most recently taking over the responsibility of Practice Manager. Roxy, her faithful side kick, joins her each day. Roxy loves her position here at the hospital as the official canine ambassador. Beth loves her job and all the excitement that each day brings. In addition to work at the hospital, she has a full time schedule at home caring for 3 children and all the busy daily activities that entails. In her down time, Beth and her husband love to relax at their Mountain home in Virginia as well as taking a scenic ride on their Harley Davidson.

  • Samantha Keller

    Samantha joined the team in early April 2010 after approximately 10 years working in the field of veterinary medicine.  She graduated from Western Carolina University with a bachelors in Criminal Justice and from Gaston College with an associates in Veterinary Medical Technology.  Samantha has been a Registered Veterinary Technician since 2002.

    She enjoys gardening, scrapbooking, and spending time with her family.  Samantha has lived in the Sherrills Ford area her entire life and now resides in Conover with her husband, Matt and their daughter, Isabella.  They also have two cats, Munchkin and Ralphie and a newt, Figgy.


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