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About us

Henry River Mobile Veterinary Services strives to serve your large animal and small animal veterinary needs. We are available by appointment during the week and for emergency for current clients. 

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Henry River Mobile Veterinary Services

Henry River Mobile Veterinary Services was established in July 2014 by Dr. Nikki Schweizer. She had just completed her internship and wanted to move back to her hometown of Hickory, NC. The mobile practice works out of Dr. Nikki's residence, but she also partners with other clinics in order to perform small ruminant surgeries under sterile conditions.


At Henry River, we understand that pets are family and strive to help your family members get the care they need as soon as they need it; therefore, we are available by appt during the week and also will accept emergencies both during the week and on the weekends.


Dr. Nikki grew up in Hickory, NC. She went to college at North Carolina State University where she double majored in Animal Science and German. During her time at school she rode on the NC State Dressage Team, served as president of the club and went to Nationals twice!  She then attended Veterinary School at NC State tracking in Food Animal medicine. Upon graduation she completed a Ruminant health and Reproduction Internship at NC State in June 2014.


In her free time she enjoys spending time with her son Max & truck dog Cooper, riding her horse Rea, who is famous in her own right because she is totally blind.  She enjoys hiking with her husband Justin.

Nikki Schweizer, DVM

Sarah Layne, DVM

Dr. Sarah was born in Shelby, North Carolina. She lived in several places growing up including South Carolina and Georgia, however North Carolina always felt the most like home. She obtained her undergraduate degree at the University of Tennessee where she majored in Animal Science. She then spent almost a year working on the univeristy dairy before pursuing her veterinary degree; which she obtained from the University of Tennessee. She joined the practice in the summer of 2021. In her free time Dr. Sarah enjoys backpacking with her husband and two dogs, horseback riding and working on her farm. She is very excited to meet all of the Henry River clients and their pets!

Marisa Haas

Marisa joined the practice in 2017 as our veterinary technician. In 2021 she moved to an administrative position within the practice and is keeping things rolling smoothly behind the scenes. Born in Tennessee & raised in Burke County, NC. She has always been an animal lover and now has her own farm in Morganton, NC. She has 2 children & a variety of fur & feathered kids. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her chickens, riding horses, spending time with family, hiking and camping. 

Jillian Petersen

Jillian has been with HRMVS since June 2020. She graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne University with a BS in biology in May 2021 and will be heading to veterinary school next fall. Her favorite animals to work on are goats! She has a horse and 2 cats at home. In addition to riding her horse, she likes hiking or doing anything that gets her outside.

Courtney Brittain

Courtney joined the practice in the early summer of 2021 as our part-time Veterinary Technician. Then in August of 2021 she moved up to our full time veterinary technician.  She started out in a small animal clinic but her heart has always been with large animals. Courtney, her husband and 3 kids live on a small farm in Burke County, NC. In her free time she enjoys camping, fishing, taking her daughters to barrel races and  riding 4- wheelers. 

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