Resources

Helpful information for veterinarians, clients, and job seekers

Whether you are a veterinarian needing to make a referral or request a consult, a client needing some additional support, or a job seeker wanting to join our team, we are here for you! Below is information on what resources we offer. If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

Making a Referral

Our hospital is primarily a referral institution. What this means is that for the majority of our services, clients must be referred to us from another veterinary practice before they can make an appointment.

Small Animal Hospital Referrals (for cats, dogs, exotic animals and wildlife)

Please complete our online referral form if you would like to make a referral to one of our small animal specialty services. You can also call us at 706-542-3221 if you would prefer to make your referral by phone. Thanks, and we look forward to serving you.

Large Animal Hospital Referrals (for horses, cattle and other farm animals)

For large animal referrals, veterinarians can call (706) 542-3223. Please be prepared to provide a detailed case history at the time of making the referral.

 

Requesting a consult

One of our missions as a teaching hospital is to be a resource for other veterinarians throughout the state and nation. To request a consultation, please follow the below instructions.

NOTE: Consultations are only available for DVM’s, not pet owners.

Dermatology

To request a consultation with our dermatology service, please send a detailed email to vetderm@uga.edu and include a telephone number where you can be reached. After we have had a chance to review your request, we will give you a call to discuss the case with you, typically within two business days.

Internal Medicine

Due to current staffing shortages in our internal medicine department, we are unable to offer consultations at this time. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Oncology

Please fill out the below form and submit relevant clinical data (blood test results, cytology reports, histology reports) so that we may provide you with recommendations regarding your patient.

Oncology Consult Form

All other small animal services

Veterinarians wishing to  request a consultation from any of our other small animal services should call (706) 542-5362.

Horses, cattle and other farm animals

Veterinarians wishing to request a consultation from our large animal hospital can call (706) 542-3223.

Pet owner support services

When we are care giving for a companion animal that is suffering from a chronic illness, a terminal disease or injury, or when we are faced with the death of our companion animal, we need support. Please know that even though others may not fully understand your grief over the illness, injury or death, what you are feeling is real and related to the love bond you have for your companion animal. Below are some resources that can help provide support and comfort during this difficult time.

Companion Animal Loss Support

SUPPORT HOTLINES

  • ASPCA National Pet Loss Hotline: 877- 474-3310 (24 Hour Support)
  • Lap of Love Pet Loss & Bereavement Hotline: 855-352-5683 (daily 7am-11pm)

IN-PERSON SUPPORT GROUPS

  • Sandy Springs: BluePearl Veterinary Hospital Pet Loss Support (free weekly group, 770-642-3665)
  • Atlanta/Chamblee: Deceased Pet Care (free monthly group, 770-457-7659)
  • Anderson, SC: Electric City Animal Clinic (free quarterly group, 864-225-0015)
  • Atlanta/Decatur: Paws, Whiskers & Wags (free monthly group, 404-370-6000)

ONLINE RESOURCES

SUICIDE SUPPORT HOTLINE

ADULT BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

  • “The Loss of a Pet: A Guide to Coping with the Grieving Process when a Pet Dies” by Wallace Sife, Ph.D.
  • “When Your Pet Dies: A Guide to Mourning, Remembering, and Healing” by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.
  • “Paw Prints in the Stars: A Farewell & Journal for a Beloved Pet” by Warren Hanson
  • “Heart Dog: Surviving the Loss of Your Canine Soul Mate” by Roxanne Hawn
  • “Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die” by John Katz
  • “Journey Through Pet Loss” by Deborah Antinori

CHILDREN’S BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

  • “The Invisible String” by Patrice Karst
  • “Dog Heaven” by Cynthia Rylant
  • “Cat Heaven” by Cynthia Rylant
  • “The Goodbye Book” by Todd Parr
  • “When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death” by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown
  • “A Gift from Rex” by Jim Kramer
  • “A Terrible Thing Happened” by Margaret M. Holmes
  • “Tear Soup” by Pat Schweibert and Chuck DeKlyen
  • “When a Pet Dies” by Fred Rogers
  • “Healing Your Grieving Heart for Kids” by Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D.

Meet our clinical counselor, Noelle Browning, MSW, LCSW

At our hospital, we have an on-site clinical counselor that can help clients when they need additional support.

Noelle can assist with:

  • Navigating your companion animal’s chronic illness
  • Clarifying Goals of Care for your companion animal
  • Support during treatments and when making decisions during your companion animal’s illness
  • Discussions and assessments about Quality of Life
  • Providing crisis support
  • Discussions about decisions at end of life
  • Grief support
  • Learning how to talk to the children about your companion animal’s changing health
  • Providing education and community resources

Clients are encouraged to please let us know if they would like to speak to Noelle during their pet’s hospital visit. Clients can also call 706-542-3221.

Join our team

Our hospital is a unique and exciting place to work. From our state-of-the-art facility to our amazing patients and team approach, we offer a dynamic work environment that will help you grow professionally and achieve your career goals. Athens is also a great place to live! We offer competitive pay and great benefits that are rare to find anywhere else. To learn more about our current job opportunities, please see the below listing. You can also contact our HR Department at 706-542-4459 or email your interest to Sonya Lane, HR Coordinator at slane@uga.edu.

Current opportunities include:

Registered Veterinary Technician

We currently have several RVT openings throughout our facility including internal medicine, anesthesia, large animal, radiology, and our 24/7 emergency care unit.

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Emergency Front Desk Associate

The Veterinary Teaching Hospital has multiple shifts available for our Emergency Front Desk Association position. The primary responsibility of this position is to assist the Emergency Critical Care team in setting appointments and receiving emergency patients during evenings, overnights, weekends and holidays.  This position will also answer phones, open patient charts in the hospital database system and process payments for services.

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Pharmacy Technician

The Veterinary Teaching Hospital Pharmacy Tech will perform work involving the compounding of a wide variety of products for use in both client and research animals including chemotherapy drugs under the supervision of Pharmacists or Pharmacy Technician Supervisor. Utilizes extensive mathematical skills in the compounding and filling of prescriptions for wide variety of species and medications. Ensures proper disposal of expired medications, accurate billing to patient/client accounts, and filling the Cubex automated controlled medication supply machine.

For more information, please contact our Human Resources Office at 706-542-4459