Since its beginning in 1991, Bonnie Brae Veterinary Hospital has been committed to serving Polk County and the surrounding county residents. The name Bonnie Brae is in honor of the area’s beauty and culture, meaning “Beautiful Hillside” in the Old Scottish language.

Our goal is to earn the trust of the caregivers who bring their companions to us for care. In order to accomplish this goal, we strive to offer a professional and caring environment with the expertise necessary to help with the numerous opportunities presented.

Our nurses, doctors, receptionists, kennel attendants and office staff all consider their positions as integral in making sure our patients and their "parents" get the best care they deserve. We offer all of our staff opportunities to further their education so as to better serve our community.

Everyone at Bonnie Brae realizes the strong bond between owners and pets. Consequently, not only do we use our intellects to help but also our hearts. We are very personal in the care of your companions and share all aspects with our patients - from puppyhood (or kittenhood!) to old age.

We are appreciative and aware of our vibrant community and find pleasure in contributing to many of the events offered. We are thankful for the opportunity to help during the lives of your companions and pledge to continue to do our best to offer compassionate, professional and skilled care for your loved ones.


Qualified experts


Years of practice


Devoted to the patients

Mission Statement:

To provide a compassionate healing environment while embracing the highest standards of integrative medicine

Our team:

Committed to helping you

Dr. Angel Mitchell

Dr. Iain Fitch

Angel has been with Bonnie Brae since its beginning in 1991. She received her veterinary degree from NC State University in 1988. Her special interests include Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Nutritional Management, and Avian Medicine. She has a very holistic approach to medicine and includes conventional as well as complementary modalities in her practice. Angel is certified in acupuncture by IVAS, is a member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, and has further education in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Iain joined Bonnie Brae in 1997. He received his veterinary degree from NC State University in 1989. After graduation, he pursued further education in animal chiropractic and exotic mammal medicine/ surgery. He is a member of the American Chiropractic Association and he enjoys attending annual chiropractic and exotic mammal seminars.

Dr. Lynn Encarnacion

Dr. Lynn has been with Bonnie Brae Veterinary Hospital since 2011 in a Relief Veterinarian role. Since this time, her hours have increased, finding her here several days per week. She has built up quite a base of clients and is well loved. Dr. Lynn earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1999 from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medcine. She is also a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (2010), as well as a Certified Veterinary Laser Therapist (2012).

We pride ourselves on compassionate, educated and friendly employees, who will be there to serve you every step of the way. The doctors and support staff at Bonnie Brae Veterinary Hospital welcome the opportunity to maintain your companions' optimum health, through complete preventative and wellness care, during all stages of life, from pediatric to geriatric.

An animal's eyes have the
the power to speak a great language


We offer up-to-date Western Medicine including diagnostic testing and therapy, digital X-ray, surgery, and pain management. Our doctors have special interest in Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Chinese Herbal Medicine, and Avian and Exotic Mammal Medicine. We provide a variety of services for your pets, including:


"How does acupuncture work?" That is one of the most common questions I am asked. There are two different explanations, the eastern way and the western way. As westerners, it is easier for us to understand that acupuncture works by stimulation points in the body that are associated with nerve plexi that cause the release within the body (at both local and distal sites) of chemicals such as endorphin and anti-inflammatory agents.


Chinese herbal medicine along with Acupuncture makes up a system of diagnosis and treatment called Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM. Herbs are the mainstay of TCM. Most Chinese herbal formulas are very complex with multiple ingredients and very specific uses. The groups of herbs in a formula complement each other and allow the formula to work with minimal side effects and in a way that supports health and balances the body.


Chiropractic is an excellent method to allow continued healing of your pet. Chiropractic involves manipulating the vertebrae and limbs to determine which joins need to be adjusted. By adjusting at the appropriate locations the joint, muscles, and nerves are able to function in an optimal manner. Once the body is in alignment it functions more efficiently and therefore often requires less medical intervention.


Food and "other things" our pets eat build up on their teeth over time. This build up leads to calculus (more commonly known as tartar) on their teeth. Calculus harbors massive amounts of bacteria, which can lead to bad breath, gum disease (such as gingivitis), periodontal disease, and tooth loss. Bad breath (medically known as halitosis) can affect your relationship with your pet.

As Well As:



⊚ In-house Laboratory Diagnostics

⊚ Exotic Mammal Medicine

⊚ Digital Radiology

⊚ Ultrasounds

⊚ Physical Examinations

⊚ Vaccinations

⊚ Fecal Examinations/Treatments

⊚ Heartworm Test/Treatments

⊚ Geriatric Exams

⊚ General Surgery

⊚ Treatment of Allergies/Skin Disorders

⊚ Therapy of Diabetes/Cancer

⊚ Preventative Medicine

⊚ Health Certificates

⊚ Nutritional Consultations

⊚ Holistic Consultations

⊚ Datamars Microchip Identification

           ... and much more !

A cat is a puzzle
for which there is no solution

Photo gallery

Here you can find some selected photos of our Hospital, stuff, procedures, equipment, treatments, premises, etc ...

There is no psychiatrist in the world
like a puppy licking your face


Our attentive staff is available Monday through Saturday to answer your questions and ensure you are 100% satisfied

Bonnie Brae Veterinary Hospital


155 Shuford Rd
NC 28722

Hospital: 828.894.6064
Fax: 866.523.6755

Hospital Hours:
Monday - Friday:   8:00am→5:30pm
Saturday:   09:00am→12:00pm
Sunday:   CLOSED


Send us a message:

We do not offer "grooming" services ourselves, but Perribrook Grooming Salon is located in our premises.
Give Sandy a call for your grooming needs on 828.894.3326.

Please call the number provided below for directions to your nearest emergency clinic, outside of our open hours:

Western Carolina Veterinary Emergency Hospital (Flat Rock, NC):


Veterinary Emergency Clinic of Spartanburg:


Animal Emergency Clinic of Greenville:


A kitten is, in the animal world,
what a
rosebud is in the garden


Form to be filled by New Clients

To our new clients we recommend to send us information about them and their pets using form below.

We can judge
the heart of a man
by his treatment of animals