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Registered Veterinary Technician

Jaritza Catalan, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician, Russell Ridge Animal Hospital

Jaritza Catalan graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at Gwinnett Technical College in 2017 and interned at The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine with a focus on Large Animal services and Small Animal Rehabilitation. 

She has been a certified Registered Veterinary Technician since 2016 and has been part of the Georgia Veterinary Associates Team since 2014.

Jaritza joined Georgia Veterinary Associates as a member of our Pet Care staff and has risen from Veterinary Technician to Registered Veterinary Technician since. 

Jaritza also received the Gwinnett Technical College Veterinary Technology scholarship in 2017. 

Jaritza has been a special guest on GVA's weekly podcast People, Pets & Vets. You can find her episode here: Episode 25

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Heather Fischer, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician, Russell Ridge Animal Hospital

Heather Fischer graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at Gwinnett Technical College in 2015.

She had been a certified Registered Veterinary Technician and part of the Georgia Veterinary Associates Team since 2015. 

Drew Harris

Drue Harris, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician, Russell Ridge Animal Hospital

Drue graduated from Gwinnett Technical College in 2019 and was named Gwinnett Tech's Outstanding Student of the Year from 2017 to 2019. 

Drue interned at Russell Ridge Animal Hospital and decided to come on full time in 2019. She has been a certified Registered Veterinary Technician since 2019. 

Drue has a passion for cats and enjoys wellness visits and playing with our CARE Fund kittens. 

Drue has been a special guest on GVA's weekly podcast People, Pets & Vets. You can find her episode here: Episode 5

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Nathaly Rodriguez, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician, Russell Ridge Animal Hospital

Nathaly Rodriguez graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at Gwinnett Technical College in 2016 and interned at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine with a focus on Exotic services and Small Animal Rehabilitation. 

She has been a certified Registered Veterinary Technician for three years and has been part of the Georgia Veterinary Associates Team since 2015. 

Nathaly also has her Fear Free Certification

 

Registered Veterinary Technician

Melissa Whitmire, RVT

Registered Veterinary Technician, Hamilton Ridge Animal Hospital

Melissa Whitmire graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelors in Psychology in 2001. After some time spent volunteering at the Honolulu Zoo, she decided to pursue a career in Veterinary Technology. She graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at Athens Technical College in 2006. 

She has been a certified Registered Veterinary Technician for 14 years and has been a part of the Georgia Veterinary Associates team since 2017. 

Her special interests include animal behavior and endocrinology. 

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Heather Brown

Veterinary Technician, Russell Ridge Animal Hospital

Heather has been a special guest on GVA's weekly podcast People, Pets & Vets. You can find her episode here: Episode 26

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Jennifer Collins

Veterinary Technician, Russell Ridge Animal Hospital

Jenn has been a special guest on GVA's weekly podcast People, Pets & Vets. You can find her episode here: Episode 24

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Jordan Duncan

Veterinary Technician, Hamilton Ridge Animal Hospital

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Kaitlyn Duncan

Veterinary Technician, Russell Ridge Animal Hospital

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Katarina Frankova

Veterinary Technician, Russell Ridge Animal Hospital

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Sarah Milburn

Veterinary Technician, Apalachee Ridge Animal Hospital

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Shea Greenfield

Veterinary Technician, Apalachee Ridge Animal Hospital

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Chrissie Hogg

Veterinary Technician, Hamilton Ridge Animal Hospital

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Chandler Lumbatis

Veterinary Technician, Apalachee Ridge Animal Hospital

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Rachel Marx

Veterinary Technician, Camden Village Animal Hospital

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Naki Smalls

Veterinary Technician, Hamilton Ridge Animal Hospital

Receptionist

Marsha Ballard

Receptionist, Russell Ridge Animal Hospital

Receptionist

Marissa Harrison

Receptionist, Apalachee Ridge Animal Hospital

Receptionist

Carlan Loeb-Muth

Receptionist, Camden Village Animal Hospital

Receptionist

Brittany Patullo

Receptionist, Hamilton Ridge Animal Hospital

Reception

Rachel Stoyka

Receptionist, Russell Ridge Animal Hospital

Kelly Wood

Kelly Wood

Receptionist, Russell Ridge Animal Hospital

Pet Care

Maddie Drinkwater

Pet Care, Russell Ridge Animal Hospital

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Alison Porter

Pet Care, Apalachee Ridge Animal Hospital

Pet Care

Jada Thomas

Pet Care, Russell Ridge Animal Hospital

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Cassie Willcoxon

Pet Care Manager, Russell Ridge Animal Hospital

Groomer

Joyce Bagley

Groomer, Camden Village Animal Hospital

Joyce has been grooming since 1991. With over 27 years of experience, her love for animals shows and she is passionate about making your pet look fresh and feel its best. 

Joyce joined the GVA family in 2019 and grooms across three different locations; Russell Ridge, Hamilton Ridge, and Camden Village.

Her home base is Camden Village Animal Hospital. 

Grooming

Susie Smith

Groomer, Apalachee Ridge Animal Hospital

Her love for animals has always been strong, but became a passion in 2000. She started as a bather for
Petsmart then got her groomer training with a mobile grooming company. She worked for Petco for 8 years
as a groomer, then found her true home at GVA.

She has been part of the Georgia Veterinary Associates family since July 2015.

Susie lives in Stone Mountain with her family. She has 2 dogs and 2 cats 1 bird and a
bearded dragon.

Come see her at Apalachee Ridge and let her get to know your fur babies.

Cara Wiltse

Cara Wiltse

Pet Care at Apalachee Ridge Animal Hospital

Morgan Newsome

Morgan Newsome

Pet Care at Russell Ridge Animal Hospital

Ronda Martin

Ronda Martin

Veterinary Technician, Russell Ridge Animal Hospital

Pet Care Apalachee Ridge Animal Hospital

Lindsay Smith

Pet Care, Apalachee Ridge Animal Hospital

Reception

Brittany Jones

Reception, Apalachee Ridge Animal Hospital

Groomer

Kim Snipes

Groomer, Russell Ridge Animal Hospital