Priest Lake Veterinary Hospital

2445 Morris Gentry Blvd
Nashville, TN 37013-2073


Mission And Guiding Principles


Our Mission

We are a caring team working to consistently provide high quality health care to our patients and superior service to our clients.

Starting with integrity, commitment, and sound education, we will provide quality caring service with consistency and professionalism.


Our Basic Guiding Principles

* We will treat all people touched by our practice with dignity, compassion, empathy, and diplomatic honesty.

* We will use our skills to care for each patient with vigilance and tireless compassion.

* We will continually seek to improve our technical and interpersonal skills.

* We will take pride in our work and in our workplace, performing our jobs correctly, consistently, and with commitment.

* We will conduct ourselves with proper decorum and be guided by professional ethics.


Veterinarian's Oath

"Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge. I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics. I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence."



Herbert M. McCollum, DVM

Priest Lake was founded by Herbert M. McCollum, DVM, in 1974.

Dr. McCollum completed his pre-veterinary college training and veterinary school at The Ohio State University, graduating in 1970. He then served two years of active duty, as a captain in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps receiving awards including the Army Commendation Medal for his service. Moving to Nashville in 1972, he practiced as an associate veterinarian in a practice in West Nashville before founding Priest Lake Veterinary Clinic in 1974.

While developing the practice into a multi-doctor practice, he was also a founder of the Nashville Pet Emergency Clinic and served in many positions in local and state veterinary organizations.

Kathy, his wife of over 45 years, has played an integral role in the practice from the beginning.

Their legacy is seen throughout their work for the clinic and its clients.

Dr. McCollum practiced for 45 years before retiring.