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Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

Meet our Team

Department Head

Spencer Johnston

Spencer Johnston

VMD, DACVS
Department Head
James and Marjorie Waggoner Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
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Faculty

Michaela G. Austel

Michaela G. Austel

Dr.med.vet., Diplomate ACVD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology
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Frane Banovic

Frane Banovic

DVM, PhD, Diplomate ECVD
Assistant Professor of Dermatology
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Renee Barber

Renee Barber

DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Neurology)
Assistant Professor of Neurology
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Joseph Bartges

Joseph Bartges

DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVN
Professor of Internal Medicine and Nutrition
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Benjamin Brainard

Benjamin Brainard

VMD, DACVAA, DACVECC
Professor of Emergency and Critical Care
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Scott Brown

Scott Brown

VMD, PhD, DACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine)
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Josia Meigs Distinguished Professor
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Steve Budsberg

Steve Budsberg

DVM, MS, DACVS
Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
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Andrew Bugbee

Andrew Bugbee

DVM, DACVIM
Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
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Karen Burg

Karen Burg

Ph.D., M.S., B.S.
Harbor Lights Endowed Chair
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Paula G. Ciembor

Paula G. Ciembor

DVM, MS, PhD
Co-Director, Infectious Diseases Laboratory
Assistant Research Scientist
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Kevin Clarke

Kevin Clarke

DVM, DACVS
Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopedics
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Dawn Clarke

Dawn Clarke

DVM, DACVIM
Clinical Assistant Professor of Oncology
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Sarah Louise Czerwinski

Sarah Louise Czerwinski

DVM, DACVO
Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
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Katie Diehl

Katie Diehl

DVM, MS, DACVO
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
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Stephen Divers

Stephen Divers

BVetMed, DZooMed, DZooMed, Dip.ECZM (Zoo Health Management, Herpetology), DACZM, FRCVS
Professor of Zoological Medicine (zoo, wildlife, aquatics and exotic pets)
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Amanda Erickson Coleman

Amanda Erickson Coleman

DVM, DACVIM
Assistant Professor of Cardiology
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Sara E. Gonzalez

Sara E. Gonzalez

DVM, MS
Clinical Assistant Professor of Community Practice
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Jennifer Good

Jennifer Good

DVM, DACVECC
Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Critical Care
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Christopher R. Gregory

Christopher R. Gregory

DVM, PhD
Associate Research Scientist
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Janet Grimes

Janet Grimes

DVM, MS, DACVS-SA
Assistant Professor of Soft Tissue Surgery
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Tracy Lynn Hill

Tracy Lynn Hill

DVM, DACVIM, PhD, MRCVS, DECVIM-CA
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
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Spencer Johnston

Spencer Johnston

VMD, DACVS
Department Head
James and Marjorie Waggoner Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
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Marc Kent

Marc Kent

DVM, DACVIM
Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery
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Amie Koenig

Amie Koenig

DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC
Associate Professor of Emergency and Critical Care
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Selena Lane

Selena Lane

DVM, DACVECC
Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency and Critical Care
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Travis Laver

Travis Laver

VMD, PhD, DACVIM
Assistant Professor of Oncology
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Jörg Mayer

Jörg Mayer

DVM, MS, DABVP (ECM), DECZM, DACZM
Associate Professor of Zoological and Exotic Animal Medicine
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Alison G. Meindl

Alison G. Meindl

DVM
Clinical Assistant Professor
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Kate Myrna

Kate Myrna

DVM, MS, DACVO
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
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Nicole Northrup

Nicole Northrup

DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Associate Professor of Oncology
Assistant Hospital Director
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Simon R. Platt

Simon R. Platt

BVM&S, Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology), Diplomate ECVN, FRCVS RCVS Recognized Specialist of Veterinary Neurology
Professor of Neurology
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Tony Puglisi

Tony Puglisi

DVM, MS, DACVS
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery
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Jane Quandt

Jane Quandt

DVM, MS, DACVAA, DACVECC (Anesthesia & ECC)
Professor of Anesthesiology
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Gregg Rapoport

Gregg Rapoport

DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Clinical Assistant Professor of Cardiology
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Branson Ritchie

Branson Ritchie

DVM, MS, PhD, DABVP, ECAMS
Professor
Co-Director, Infectious Diseases Laboratory
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Ira Roth

Ira Roth

DVM, MS
Clinical Assistant Professor
Director, Community Practice Clinic
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Corey Saba

Corey Saba

DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Associate Professor of Oncology
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Daniel Sakai

Daniel Sakai

MV, DACVAA
Assistant Professor of Anesthesia
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Chad Schmiedt

Chad Schmiedt

DVM, DACVS
Professor of Soft Tissue Surgery
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Jo Smith

Jo Smith

MA, VetMB, PhD, DACVIM
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
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Mandy Wallace

Mandy Wallace

DVM, MS, DACVS-SA
Assistant Professor of Soft Tissue Surgery
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Cynthia R. Ward

Cynthia R. Ward

VMD, PhD, DACVIM
Professor of Internal Medicine
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Joint Faculty

Rita McManamon

Rita McManamon

DVM
Clinical Instructor
Director, UGA Zoo and Exotic Animal Pathology Service
Joint Appointment with Small Animal Medicine & Surgery and Pathology
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Technical Staff

Annie Bullington

Annie Bullington

Lab Manager II
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Tara Denley

Tara Denley

Laboratory Technician III
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Courtney Tolbert Herrera

Courtney Tolbert Herrera

Veterinary Assistant
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Kathy Hoover

Kathy Hoover

Laboratory Technician III
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Rob Miller

Rob Miller

RVT
Laboratory Manager I
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Lydia Moss

Lydia Moss

Veterinary Assistant I
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Megan Norton

Megan Norton

Laboratory Technician
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Lynn Reece

Lynn Reece

RVT
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Administrative Staff

Fran Cantrell

Fran Cantrell

Business Manager
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Melissa Chiz

Melissa Chiz

Administrative Associate II
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Katy Tracy

Katy Tracy

Administrative Specialist I
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Graduate Students

Kimberly Alexander

Kimberly Alexander

DVM
Resident in Oncology
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Juliet Armstrong

Juliet Armstrong

DVM
Resident in Neurology
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Susan Arnold

Susan Arnold

DVM
Neurology Resident
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Rebecca Bates

Rebecca Bates

DVM
Resident in Cardiology
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Kathleen Bedard

Kathleen Bedard

DVM
Resident in Ophthalmology
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Katherine Bibi

Katherine Bibi

DVM
Resident in Neurology
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Jasper Burke

Jasper Burke

Specialty Intern, Emergency Critical Care
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Jared Cantor

Jared Cantor

BS, DVM
Specialty Intern, Community Practice Clinic
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Kenny Carroll

Kenny Carroll

BVetBiol/BVSc (Hons 1)
Rotating Intern
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Edward Cheng

Edward Cheng

DVM
Rotating Intern
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Jessica Comolli

Jessica Comolli

DVM
Resident in Zoo Med
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Daniel Cutler

Daniel Cutler

DVM
Resident in Zoo Med
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Chelsea Davis

Chelsea Davis

DVM
Resident in Internal Medicine
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Tori DiCiccio

Tori DiCiccio

Rotating Intern
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Vanna Dickerson

Vanna Dickerson

DVM, MS
Resident in Surgery
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Naina Dinesh

Naina Dinesh

DVM
Specialty Intern, Internal Medicine
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Andre` Escobar

Andre` Escobar

DVM, Ms, PhD, DCBCAV
Resident in Anesthesia
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Brittany Feldhaeusser

Brittany Feldhaeusser

DVM
Resident in Oncology
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Kirsha Fredrickson

Kirsha Fredrickson

Rotating Intern
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Kristin Freund

Kristin Freund

DVM
Resident in Surgery
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Trevor Gerlach

Trevor Gerlach

DVM
Resident in Cardiology
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Amber Harris

Amber Harris

Rotating Intern
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Jacob Helmick

Jacob Helmick

DVM
Resident in Surgery
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Spencer Kehoe

Spencer Kehoe

DVM
Resident in Zoo Med
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Grace Lai

Grace Lai

DVM, MS
Resident in Surgery
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Benjamin Lee

Benjamin Lee

DVM
Resident in Oncology
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Brittany Lucchetti

Brittany Lucchetti

DVM
Resident in Emergency Critical Care
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Kasey Mabry

Kasey Mabry

DVM
Resident in Internal Medicine
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Dayle McClintock

Dayle McClintock

VMD
Resident in Dermatology
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Sarah Miller

Sarah Miller

DVM
Resident in Zoo Med
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Krista Mitchell

Krista Mitchell

DVM
Resident in Anesthesia
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Max Parkanzky

Max Parkanzky

DVM, MS
Resident in Internal Medicine
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Lily Parkinson

Lily Parkinson

DVM
Resident in Emergency Critical Care
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Amelia Roos

Amelia Roos

Rotating Intern
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Samantha Salmon

Samantha Salmon

DVM, MS
Resident in Cardiology
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Ashley Schick

Ashley Schick

DVM
Resident in Surgery
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Melissa Skinas

Melissa Skinas

Rotating Intern
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Emily Strzok

Emily Strzok

DVM
Specialty Intern, Dermatology
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Britt Thevelein

Britt Thevelein

DVM
Resident in Emergency Critical Care
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Eileen Wong

Eileen Wong

DVM
Resident in Emergency Critical Care
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Jennifer Zimmer

Jennifer Zimmer

DVM
Resident in Ophthalmology
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Kelli Zimmerman

Kelli Zimmerman

DVM
Resident in Ophthalmology
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