Supporting our clients and referring veterinarian community

Whether you are a veterinarian needing to make a referral or request a consult, or you are a client needing some additional support, we are here for you!


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)

Veterinarians can either fill out our referral form and fax it to (706) 357-0084 or they can call one of our client care team members and make the referral over the phone. Please be prepared to provide a detailed case history at the time of making the referral.

Phone referrals: (706) 542-5362

  • If you have an emergency referral, press 1.
  • For soft tissue surgery, oncology or anesthesia, press 2.
  • For orthopedics, neurology or rehab, press 3.
  • For cardiology, internal medicine or ophthalmology, press 4.
  • For dermatology, exotics or wildlife, press 5.
  • For medical records, press 6.
  • For all other inquires, press 7.

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.


Veterinarians wishing to request a consultation with one of our dermatology doctors can send an email to

Internal Medicine

Due to current staffing shortages in our internal medicine department, we will be unable to offer consultations during the month of December. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.


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


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


  • 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)




  • “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


  • “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 at any time 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

Current opportunities include:

Veterinary Teaching Hospital Surgery Coordinator

The VTH Surgery Coordinator is a fluid position that involves extensive communication throughout each day with various services to facilitate the scheduling of surgical, endoscopic and MRI procedures.  Ensures all necessary diagnostics have been completed in a timely fashion and assists in the facilitation of needed diagnostics if necessary. This position will interact with key stakeholders in the hospital that drive the patient flow throughout the surgical/imaging service areas. The position is also self driven and requires a high degree of professional interaction that may sometimes result in denying a surgery request.

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Emergency Front Desk Associate

The Veterinary Teaching Hospital has multiple shifts open now for our Emergency Front Desk. The primary responsibility for this position will be to assist the Emergency Critical Care team on setting appointments and receiving emergency patients during evenings, overnights, weekends and holidays. The ECC Vet Asst. will assist clients in delivering their pets to the ECC team which may include lifting/restraining and transporting into the ER. 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.

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