Meet The Team

Since 1982, we have provided our friends residing in our coastal communities with upfront, friendly, and honest services while maintaining a professional attitude, provided by a trained staff and experienced veterinarians.

Apalachicola Bay Animal Clinic is a full service veterinary medical facility, located in Eastpoint, FL. Dr Hobson Fulmer and his courteous staff at Apalachicola Bay Animal Clinic seeks to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care (including spay & neuter)and dental care for their highly-valued patients. We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventive health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients.

Apalachicola Bay Animal Clinic strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to Eastpoint, FL and surrounding areas. Dr. Fulmer has performed veterinary laser surgery on pets since 2000 and diagnostic veterinary ultrasound since 2001.  Please take a moment to contact us today, to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find out more information about how Apalachicola Bay Animal Clinic can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet.

Hobson F Fulmer, DVM


Years in Practice:  37
Education:  University of Florida - Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Bachelor of Animal Science

Dr. Hobson Fulmer has been practicing Veterinary Medicine in Franklin County since 1982.  He graduated with Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida, where he also earned a Bachelor's degree in Animal Science.  He also attended Florida State University.

Dr. Fulmer and his wife Bonnie share their home with 4 dogs: Snapper, Annie and Gracie and Smokey; and 2 cats: Chuck and SC(Snappers Cat) . Besides animals, Dr. Fulmer's interest include fishing, cooking, skiing, college football, playing guitar, and long distance running.

Dr. Fulmer is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Florida Veterinary Medical Association, Big Bend Veterinary Society, and the American Heartworm Society.  He is founder and active member of the Franklin County Humane Society. He has served in many local community organizations: President of the Chamber of Commerce, Little League President, and a Florida Seafood Festival Director.  He has been a youth sports coach in little league baseball, football, high school cross country and track.

Dr. Fulmer is dedicated to lifelong learning and undergoes extensive continuing education to further advance his medical and surgical skills and knowledge.  He regularly attends many courses in laser surgery, ultrasound, dermatology, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, internal medicine, immunology, pharmacology, behavior and radiology.

Marlaina Nelson, DVM

Dr. Marlaina Aleise Nelson is a native of LaGrange, GA, where she met her husband, Phillip Nelson. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from LaGrange College in 2009 and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. Directly after veterinary school, Dr. Nelson commissioned into the United States Army Veterinary Corps, serving four years active duty. During her career in the military, she completed a veterinary internship, was assigned as the Officer in Charge of the Fort Carson Veterinary Center, and lastly selected as the Branch Chief of the Public Health Command Fort Carson Branch Veterinary Services. During her time in the military, Dr. Nelson focused on providing medical care for all government owned animals and pets of military members, acted as the public health expert and liai son for zoonotic diseases. Dr. Nelson continues her service to our country as an Army Reservist with the 7350 th Veterinary Detachment in Montgomery, AL. Dr. Nelson has the highest regards for the standards of veterinary medical care and practice guidelines established by the American Animal Hospital Association, which is the elite accreditation that the Apalachicola Bay Animal Hospital has attained. She will provide her high level of dedication, hard work, and values to her clients and patients that have been instilled in her throughout her life, education and career. Dr. Nelson and her husband are accompanied by the newest addition of their family, Corbitt, and look forward to raising him in the wonderful community provided in Franklin County. The Nelson family loves to spend time outdoors and enjoys the welcoming, friendly and musical atmosphere of the area.

Beverly Ryan

Customer Service Representative

Years in Practice:  31

Beverly has been working at Apalalachicola Bay Animal Clinic for 30 + years.  Beverly's Job is Client relations.  It is her job to inform our clients when their pet is in need of any medical attention, such as yearly tests, follow up blood work, vaccinations and most importantly exams.  Beverly is also a technician and assists where ever she is needed, this includes but is not limited to drawing blood, answering phones and taking radiographs.

Beverly has 4 cats, Monty (formerly Monty Fulmer), Ed, May and a new edition Grimm.  She also has sweet dog named Gaspar.  He was  adopted from the Franklin County Humane Society along with Grimm.  Beverly's hobbies include gardening and traveling and spending time with her grandchildren. 


Veterinary Technician

Gabe has been employed with Apalachicola Bay Animal Clinic for over 12 years. He has 3 cats and 2 dogs.

His duties include monitoring patients during anesthetic procedures to ensure their well-being. Gabe monitors their heartbeats, respiratory rates, mucous membrane colors (gum colors) and their blood pressures. He also maintains the surgical equipment by cleaning and sterilizing them when needed.

Gabe welcomes our clients with a smile and a genuine concern for the reason of their visit. Gabe knows that visiting the vet’s office can be scary at times, but he wants them to know that he is there for them and their pet’s needs.

Gabe tries his best to be knowledgeable in his field and to stay up to date with current veterinary affairs.


Veterinary Technician

April joined our team October of 2014. April has experienced every position in the Clinic. April is now one of our number one nurses. She lives in Eastpoint, Fl and share's her home with 2 dogs Zoe & Panda both are Long Hair Chihuahua's.

April believes in vaccinating your pets, routine blood testing as well as full time Flea & Heartworm prevention. While April loves working with all of the animals that come through our doors, she also loves working with our clients. A trip to the Vet with your pet is stressful in itself.

April truly enjoys not only helping your pet but also helping our clients understand what may be going on with their pets if ill and educating them on keeping their loved ones as healthy as they can be.  April's favorite part of being in the Veterinary field is the variety of personalities that she gets to meet on a daily basis, whether it be animal or human!

In her spare time April enjoys Traveling, anything Historical or Haunted, Antiquing, and volunteering for charities and events.

Chris Ann

Chris Ann Bergschneider

Chris Ann was a great addition to the Apalachicola Bay Animal Clinic team when she joined the end of August 2016, after living in the Panhandle of Florida most of her life.  In addition to providing the team with a fun, charismatic, and positive personality, her role is to  provide our Client's the best possible experience, which includes scheduling all veterinary needs for your beloved pets, providing insights into all billing activities, and assisting Clients with instructions and procedures after their visit.

Chris Ann will treat your pet as one of hers. She cares just the same for our Clients. Chris Ann welcomes all Clients and pets as family, and will prove her care and concern immediately.

Chris Ann and her husband, are proud fur parents of a yellow lab named Boo, a min-pin named Buddy, and continued to love and care for her parents lemon pointer named Hattie, after their passing.  At a young age she was exposed to breeding labs when her parents were in England, and she got to experience that later in life with breeding her Lab and truly enjoyed it. In her spare time, Chris Ann and her husband enjoy going on cruises, volunteering, and spending time with family.

Elisabeth Mooney

Veterinary Technician

Elisabeth Mooney is the newest technician on the ABAC team starting in January 2018. She worked as a shelter veterinary technician while attending Sam Houston State University, earning her Bachelors Degree in Animal Science (minoring in Communication Studies) in December of 2014. Elisabeth has years of experience working at multiple pet stores and handling many species of animals. 
She has a passion for helping animals and making them feel comfortable during their experience at ABAC, as well as their human parents. She plans on becoming a veterinarian one day. In her free time she plays fetch with her rescue chocolate lab Zuna. She also loves to travel as often as she can, and visit her family in Sweden as much as possible.


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