Our Veterinarians

Dr. Ryan Reid

Owner / Director of Facility Services

Dr. Ryan Reid was a member of the 4-H Club while growing up, and his experience helping to care for and raise his Polled Hereford Steer, Big Red, made a permanent impression. The steer arrived at Dr. Reid’s family ranch in the summer of 1991, sick with a severe respiratory disease. After eight months of an intense daily healthcare routine—which included medications and prescription feed, high-powered fans to help lower the steer’s temperature, regular bathing, and more—Big Red recovered and was healthy enough to place second in the race for Grand Champion! Dr. Reid saw firsthand what the power of proper animal healthcare could do, and he hasn’t looked back since.

Dr. Reid is originally from Cedar Creek, Texas, where he grew up as the oldest of four siblings. He attended Texas A&M University to earn his degree in biomedical science, and obtained his Master’s degree in public health at the University’s School of Public Health. Next, Dr. Reid earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

After his schooling, Dr. Reid decided to serve his country as a member of the United States Army. He spent seven years on active duty as a Veterinary Corps Officer, and is currently a veterinarian in the U.S. Army Reserves! After his active-duty service, Dr. Reid entered into the world of private practice. He and his wife, Dr. Shannon Poole, also own Cross Creek Animal Hospital. Dr. Reid has been serving the pets and animal owners of the Fayetteville area since 2014!

Outside of his interests in the veterinary care world, Dr. Reid is an avid marathon runner—his crowning achievement thus far was completing the Walt Disney World Dopey Challenge in 2016, in which he ran 48.3 miles over four days!—and also loves to travel. He and his wife have been to Finland, Denmark, Russia, Italy, and Malaysia thus far, and he hopes to visit Alaska in the near future.

At home, Drs. Reid and Poole share their lives with two dogs, a Border Collie named Diablo and Watson the Sheep Dog, as well as three Maine Coon cats: Sherlock, Tamale, and Mayhem.

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Dr. Emily Fillman

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Emily Fillman grew up on a small farm in rural Pennsylvania, where her love for animals first began. She raised and cared for a menagerie of creatures, including dogs, cats, horses, sheep, rabbits, and chickens. Fueled by her passion for animal husbandry, Dr. Fillman decided to pursue veterinary medicine. She hasn’t looked back since!

Dr. Fillman received her undergraduate degree in animal science at the University of Delaware before moving to Raleigh to attend North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She originally planned to focus on equine surgery, but soon fell in love with mixed farm animal medicine. With experience in equine, dairy, and small ruminant medicine, Dr. Fillman moved home to Pennsylvania after graduation to practice on the many beautiful farms in and around her hometown.

Since attending veterinary school in the state, North Carolina held a special place in Dr. Fillman’s heart—she was happy to have the chance to move back to join her husband, Adam, who was serving in the United States Army. It was then that she made the choice to shift to small animal medicine, and has been fortunate enough to work with some amazing doctors along the way who helped her with that transition. Dr. Fillman began working at Academy Pet Hospital as an Associate Veterinarian in August of 2017, and enjoys preventive medicine and client education.

In her time away from the office, Dr. Fillman loves traveling, cooking, and eating (she’s a self-proclaimed foodie!). She and Adam share their home with their beloved furries: Lily, a Yellow Labrador mix (a.k.a. the cutest dog in the world); Nibbler the Rottweiler; and a mischievous and clingy cat named Squeak.

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