Dr. Vanessa Dodson, Practice Owner
Dr. Dodson joined our team in 2005, having earned her DVM from UGA in 2002. Prior to that, she studied Animal Science at Cornell University in her hometown of Ithaca, New York.
Her special interests include surgery, dentistry, and feline medicine. She is also Fear-Free certified and works hard to incorporate gentle handling techniques into her daily practice. A life-long learner devoted to continuing education, Dr. Dodson attends in-person continuing education events when possible, stays up to date with the latest medical advancements, reads journals on veterinary medicine, and improves her skills wherever she can. Since purchasing the clinic in 2019, she’s focused extensively on expanding her dental expertise and practice.
Dr. Dodson knew from a very young age that she wanted to spend her life working with animals, helping them and their humans through preventative and sick care, from cradle to grave. Her passion is to treat each patient as if it were her own pet and to help them live long, happy, healthy, and pain-free lives.
She’s owned and cared for a number of pets over the years, including countless dogs, cats, and guinea pigs, as well as a Senegal parrot and an iguana. Her furry family currently consists of two dogs – a rescue Boxer named Bella and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Bailey – and three adult domestic shorthair cats. She also has a Tonkinese kitten, who fits right in with everyone!
Dr. Dodson shares two teenage daughters with her husband of 21 years. When she’s not working, she enjoys traveling, reading, and hiking with her dogs.