Meet Our Veterinarians

You can feel confident that our staff of highly skilled professionals is committed to providing the highest quality of care and service to you and your pet.

Dr. Teresa Drummond


Dr. Teresa Drummond-Rieger always knew she had to have at least two things out of life. 1, she had to have a relationship with as many animals as possible and from as early as the age of 7 was determined she would do that by being a veterinarian. Two, she had to have a farm! God blessed her and she got those things and more. Her Veterinary practice gives her all the excitement and animal relationships that she desires. And her farm gives her solace. Thirty-one years of practice and she will tell you it is still exciting and a new experience every day. Dr Drummond-Rieger purchased Rainbow City Pet Clinic in May 1993 and has enjoyed every minute of growing it to the amazing practice that it is today. Dr Drummond-Rieger shares the fun and excitement of her life with her husband, Farrell Rieger, her beloved Henry, 3 other less spoiled dogs, 5 cats, 2 horses, cattle and the cutest chickens ever. Farrell and “Dr D” love the American West and spend a lot of their leisure time in that region fishing, hiking and trail riding. Her favorite thing to do at home is to cook, especially food she’s grown herself.

Dr. Bruce D. Hutchinson


A native of Alexandria, Kentucky, Dr. Hutchinson became interested in Veterinary medicine at the young age of 12 while riding with a Bovine Veterinarian. He enjoyed the idea of helping animals and as a results helping people. In 1968 Dr Hutchinson completed his graduate work at the University of Kentucky and then went on to graduate from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University in 1972. Following graduation, he completed a preceptor ship at Apollo Animal Hospital, Huntsville, Alabama. He then completed residency in small animal medicine and surgery at the Small Animal Teaching Hospital, Texas A&M University, where he remained on staff as an instructor in small animal surgery until entry into the U.S. Air Force.

As a military public health veterinarian, Dr Hutchinson was assigned to RAF, Alconbury, England from 1974-1977. Upon leaving the military, he practiced briefly in Macon, Georgia before moving to Rainbow City. From 1978-1988 he owned and operated Rainbow City Animal Hospital (which later became Animal Health Care).

In 1987, the U.S.D.A. Food Safety and Inspection Service employed Dr. Hutchinson as a Supervisory Veterinary Medical Officer a position he held until he retired in 2020.

From 1988-1993, Dr. Hutchinson worked part time as a relief doctor in practices throughout northeast Alabama. In 1997 he joined the staff of Rainbow City Pet Clinic and worked as a part time associate with us until 2018, and then returned in 2022.

He interests outside veterinary medicine are Auburn football and Kentucky basketball. Dr. Hutchinson enjoys traveling and spending time with his beautiful children and grandchildren.

Dr. Abby Buckner


Dr. Abby Buckner is a Southside, Alabama native and a graduate of Southside High School. She completed her undergraduate studies at Jacksonville State University and received her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She joined Rainbow City Pet Clinic's team of veterinarians in 2020. Dr. Buckner’s professional interests include small and large animal preventative and wellness care, internal medicine, integrative medicine modalities, and physical rehabilitation and therapy. Her main goal is to always continue learning new things so that she can better serve her community and their animals.

Dr. Nikki Hamilton-Cox


Dr. Nikki Hamilton-Cox grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. Has a Bachelor of Science from Florida A&M, graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. Worked in a Corporate practice for 19 years before joining the team at Rainbow City Pet Clinic in 2019. She has been married for 8 years to Mark Cox. Has 2 small boys Scoey and Bailey,4 dogs and 1 kitten. Enjoys reading Agathe Christie mysteries and watching science fiction shows in her spare time.