Picayune Veterinary Clinic Staff

Pearl River County's Compassionate Animal-Care Team


Candice Burge, Office Manager

As office manager, Candice oversees the daily operation of Picayune Veterinary Clinic. She's been a member of the hospital's animal care team since 1998, and was a veterinary technician before her current role.

Candice provides a sense of unity to the medical team at Picayune Veterinary Clinic, enjoying her day-to-day interactions with both the hospital's employees and clients. "I love the passion shown by our doctors and staff," she says. "We are a work family."

Outside of work, Candice enjoys spending time with her family and loves to sew. She has a West Highland terrier named Herbie, a Yorkshire terrier named Winston, and has several horses.

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Erica Berry, Veterinary Technician

Veterinary Technician Erica Berry has been in the animal care field since 2008. Her favorite part of being a veterinary technician at Picayune Veterinary Clinic is assisting during dental exams. She holds a college degree in science.

At home, Erica has two labs named Cain and Tank, two Great Danes named Cope and Hagen, an Australian shepherd named Bucky and a Golden mix named Nola. She also has three horses named Zip, Hickory and Magic, as well as a donkey named Stewart.

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Arielle Whitaker, Veterinary Technician

Arielle Whitaker has been a veterinary technician at Picayune Veterinary Clinic since October 2007. Her job responsibilities include prepping patients for surgery, drawing blood, running lab work, taking X-rays, assisting veterinarians during examinations and taking care of hospitalized patients. Arielle especially enjoys assisting during surgery. She holds an associates degree from Pearl River Community College.

"I absolutely love Dr. Odom, Dr. Heath and Candice," she says. "They are the best people to be working for."

At home, Arielle has a 1-year-old Siberian husky named Archer and a 3-year-old grey and white tabby cat named Hitch. Archer can sit and lay down, but Hitch is the boss of the house. In her free time, Arielle enjoys reading, fishing, spending time with her husband and daughter and hanging out with her friends.

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Carla Seale, Receptionist

Carla Seale joined the staff at Picayune Veterinary Clinic in October 2014. Her job responsibilities include greeting and checking in clients, answering phones, fielding questions, scheduling appointments, taking payments and filing charts. Carla's favorite part of the job is greeting clients and making them feel comfortable. She also enjoys getting to know the clients and their pets.

"I have been a client at this hospital for years," she says, "and I know the clinic staff to be professional, friendly and compassionate. When the opportunity for employment became available, I knew this was the place for me."

At home, Carla has four dogs, seven cats and three horses. She enjoys cooking and spending time with her family and friends.

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Marissa Ladner, Receptionist

Marissa Ladner joined the Picayune Veterinary Clinic team in August 2016. This is her first job within an animal-related field although she's owned several types of animals throughout her life. Marissa has an associate degrees in arts and applied science. She enjoys learning new things daily and meeting clients and their pets. Some of her duties as receptionist include answering phones, greeting and building relationships with clients, scheduling appointments and follow ups and collecting payments.

"This clinic is very passionate about all of the pets we see daily. The staff is very family-oriented and is all around wonderful to work for, and with."

Marissa has several pets of her own and confesses to wanting a few more. She has two German Shepherds, 3-year-old Lucy and 2-year-old Gunner; three horses, 9-year-old Bama, 6-year-old Lady and 7-year-old Mazy; one pony, 31-year-old Sugar; nine dairy goats and four chickens. She raises AKC German Shepherds and ADGA purebred Nubians.

Outside of work, Marissa and her family are active year round with sports and family trail rides with horses and mules. She enjoys watching her children play basketball, baseball and football, as well as going to the creek and fishing.

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Carole Pickering, Receptionist, Assistant to Office Manager

Carole Pickering joined the team at Picayune Veterinary Clinic in October 2015. She's worked in the animal care field for about 20 years. She previously worked as a breeding coordinator for an equine and canine veterinary clinic, as well as managed a thoroughbred stallion and broodmare farm. Carole is responsible for inventory at the hospital, helping receptionists when needed and helping the office manager with daily clinical tasks. Her favorite part of the job is working with animals and people, and making new friends. Carole brings lots of experience working with animals to Picayune Veterinary Clinic. She holds an associate's degree from University of Southern Mississippi.

"I have brought my animals to Picayune Veterinary Clinic since it first opened," Carole says. "I know everyone and have the highest trust in the veterinarians and staff. They are a great group to be associated with and are like one big family."

At home, Carole has five dogs, two registered minis, and a 26-year-old quarter horse. In her free time, Carole enjoys taking care of her 10-acre farm along with her horses and dogs. She likes swimming in her pool, relaxing in the late afternoon and making custom wreaths. All in all, Carole enjoys the country life along with her animal family. She can't imagine a life without her land or her animals.

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Megan Jackson, Receptionist

Megan Jackson is a receptionist at Picayune Veterinary Clinic. She's currently at work on her bachelor's degree. At home, Megan has a standard Daschund named Mr. Weenie.

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Devin Pruitt, Veterinary Technician

Picayune Veterinary Clinic is proud to introduce you to Devin Pruitt! Devin began working at our facility in 2016. Devin loves to hang out with all the puppies that come to visit our office and loves providing quality veterinary care to animals in need. She is also a big fan of the Florida Gators and enjoys watching softball in her free time.

Devin has three dogs: Jolene ( German shorthair), Goose (Laborador), and Tacoma (Dachshund). We are so happy to have Devin as part of the Picayune Veterinary family!

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Alicia Peare Tassin, Kennel Assistant

Alicia joined the team here at Picayune Veterinary Clinic on October 3, 2018. She is passionate about caring for animals and loves getting to spend time with them when they come into the office. Alicia enjoys the fast pace of the office and the ability to remain active. She says every day here at Picayune Veterinary Clinic is unique!

Alicia's hobbies include collecting vinyl, making t-shirts, crafting, and using circuit machines. Alicia has 3 dogs: Sugar, Amelia, and Onyx. She also has 2 cats: Milo and Whiskey, as well as a horse named Big Jack and a gecko named Saphira. We are so happy to have Alicia and her passion for quality veterinary care here at Picayune Veterinary Clinic!

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Mallary Lynn Pervan, Veterinary Technician

Mallary joined the Picayune Veterinary Clinic family on July 6, 2018. She enjoys working with all animals, big and small. Mallary also loves the friendly environment of the Picayune clinic! She says our staff is like a family and every day is fun and interesting.

Mallary is passionate about sports, taking care of her family, and trying different kinds of foods. During her free time, Mallary likes to play with her three dogs: Rookie, Birdie, and Asher (her new Pit puppy rescue)! We are so happy to have Mallary as part of the Picayune Veterinary family!

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