We’re pleased to welcome Dr. Brian Ward, Carrie Dillon and Shirley Alexander to Grady Veterinary Hospital! This surgery team is top-notch and will help patients live healthier, happier lives. Let’s take a moment to get to know them.
Dr. Brian Ward, DVM: Veterinary Surgeon
My professional experience has focused on small animal surgery, and my veterinary practice is limited to surgery. I’ve been honored to perform surgeries with Grady Veterinary Hospital since 2012. Growing up, my family raised competition hound dogs, and my first job was with a veterinary surgeon. Solving the physical health problems of animals made sense to me, and I was exposed to complicated surgeries that were very interesting.
In 2007, I received my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. It was a natural choice to pursue veterinary surgery when I interned at North Carolina State University. I accomplished a split residency at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and a private practice in Australia.
At Grady Veterinary Hospital, I perform a variety of soft tissue, orthopedic and neurologic surgeries to help small animals live healthier, happier lives. I love to see animals get to go home to enjoy their families.
My fiancée, daughter and I share our home with four dogs and one cat. We enjoy snow skiing, water skiing and traveling. Also, I admit to being an old car fanatic who enjoys his garage full of toys to tinker with.
Carrie Dillon, Veterinary Technician
Veterinary Technician Carrie Dillon joined the Grady Veterinary Hospital team in 2024. She assists Dr. Brian Ward with surgeries, from soft tissue to orthopedic to neurologic. She preps patients and scrubs into surgery. Carrie says about her calling, “I get easily attached to my patients and like knowing I can help them and their owners in any way I can.” She’s loved animals ever since she can remember and shares her home with four dogs and one cat.
Shirley Alexander, Veterinary Assistant
Shirley Alexander started with Grady Veterinary Hospital in 2024 in the role of Veterinary Assistant. She helps Dr. Brian Ward with pre-surgery patient exams, along with assisting during surgeries. Part of her day-to-day enjoyment is getting to meet different animal breeds and unique people. As a child, she knew her love for animals would lead her to a career helping them. She shares her home with two dogs and two cats.