Meet the Team

At Fort Caroline Animal Clinic, we believe that the best way to ensure your pets live long, healthy and happy lives is through regular preventative care and skilled, timely medical intervention when they are injured or sick. We feel you deserve the best care. Our doctors, practice manager, client care coordinators and veterinary assistants have a common goal to provide your pet with the finest, veterinary care possible and to afford our clients’ prompt, professional, courteous service.

Our veterinary assistants and technicians are a great resource to the Fort Caroline Animal Clinic team. They offer assistance to the doctors, helping to care for hospitalized pets and assisting with the doctors’ needs throughout the busy day. They are here to educate and answer questions in regards to your pet’s health and well being. We also have our fantastic kennel attendants who do a wonderful job helping our staff throughout the day, along with caring for all of our patients and boarders.

Our client care coordinators are here to assist our clients in scheduling appointments, answering our phones and offering advice on pet food, treats, dental care and much more. They will be glad to help you in any way they can, whether in person or on the telephone. Our practice manager, Holly, has been with Fort Caroline Animal Clinic since 1991, and it is her desire to see that our clinic, doctors and staff exceed all of our clients’ expectations. Please do not hesitate to call her if you have any questions.


Dr. Charles W. Athey, D.V.M.

Dr. Athey graduated from Auburn University Veterinary Medical School in 1976. He married Cynthia in 1971, and they have two children, Stephanie and Whitfield, and seven grandchildren. Dr. Athey has been practicing in Jacksonville since 1976 and became the owner of Fort Caroline Animal Clinic in 1983. Bailey, his beloved fourteen-year-old, chocolate Labrador retriever passed away in July 2013. Dr. Athey’s practice interests include dermatology and orthopedic surgery.

Dr. Denise Lincoln, D.V.M.
Veterinary Doctor

Dr. Denise Lincoln graduated from the University of Missouri School of Veterinary Medicine in 1981. She has been at Ft. Caroline Animal Clinic since 1981 and feels fortunate to have met so many wonderful people and their pets. She hopes to continue providing quality, compassionate care in the years to come. Currently, Dr. Lincoln and her husband Mike have a new puppy! She is a sweet and loving but incredibly rambunctious Labrador Retriever named Mazie. Dr. Lincoln’s other interests include backpacking, camping, canoeing and gardening.

Dr. Kathleen Ranalli, V.M.D.
Veterinary Doctor

We are delighted that Dr. Kathleen Ranalli joined the Fort Caroline Animal Clinic team in 2012. She graduated with a BA in neuroscience from John Hopkins University and from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. She practiced for 5 years at Willingboro Veterinary Clinic (outside Philadelphia) until relocating with her family to Jacksonville. She and her husband, Nathan have three beautiful children.

Office Team

Vet Assistants