Appalachian Animal Hospital

VCA Appalachian Animal Hospital is a veterinary practice located in East Ellijay, Georgia, which focuses on excellence in patient care and client service. A wide variety of patients are cared for, including dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, small mammals, native wildlife, and zoo species.  The practice was established by Dr. Dilmus Blackmon in 1976 as Boardtown Animal Hospital. It was located on Boardtown Road, north of Ellijay. The practice was purchased by Dr. Hal Stolz in 1979, and was moved to its present location on the Appalachian Highway (GA 5/515) in East Ellijay in 1984. The practice was purchased in 1990 by Dr. Francis Cipullo, and became a limited liability company in 1995. Appalachian Animal Hospital has since expanded its facility and become a five doctor practice with more advanced equipment to keep pace with the constantly evolving field of veterinary medicine. Dr. Lyn Lewis became co-owner in 2004.

Staff
  • Mon-Fri: 7:00AM-6:00PM
  • Sat: 8:00AM- 2:00PM
  • Sun: Closed
  • Emergency: (706)632-7879
  • www.NGAEH.com
  • Dr. Lyn Lewis

    Dr. Thomas L. Lewis, Jr.  graduated from the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. Immediately after graduating, he joined the medical team at Appalachian Animal Hospital in East Ellijay, Georgia.  In 2004, Dr. Lewis became an Owner of the hospital and has worked hard to grow the business and increase medical services for small animals and exotics to the North Georgia community.  Dr. Lewis has served on the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and he is a very active member of the business community.  Dr. Lewis is one of the staff veterinarians for Gorilla Haven in Blue Ridge, Georgia.  He also publishes weekly newspaper articles to educate the public on animal health.  In addition, he enjoys providing educational opportunities to local students, kindergarten through high school and also to veterinary school students from the University of Georgia and Auburn University.  This past year, Dr. Lewis has volunteered to organize the North Georgia Emergency Veterinary Hospital, and that effort is still in the works.  Dr. Lewis has a special interest in fish medicine/surgery and pug rescue groups.  He has also completed training in animal physical therapy and rehabilitation.   In his spare time, Dr. Lewis enjoys playing tennis, photography, especially of North Georgia's beautiful waterfalls, and spending time with his wife, Kristen, and their children Addison and Patrick.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 05, 2002
    Education:
    University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Dr. Teresa McLendon

    Dr. McLendon has practiced in Gilmer County since 1994. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia. She enjoys spending time with her family when not in the office. Dr. McLendon has a special interest in internal medicine, extensive wound repairs, and soft tissue reconstruction.
    Years in Practice:
    Jul 07, 1998
    Education:
    University of Georgia
  • Dr. Avery Tomlinson

    Dr. Tomlinson graduated from University of Georgia in 2008.  She chose to pursue her interest in Exotics and Wildlife at Appalachian Animal Hospital, which is only one of many reasons she chose to work here.  When not working she enjoys hiking with her dogs, scuba diving, bird watching, reading, synchronized swimming, playing her flute, painting, and drawing pet portraits.  She has even had her artwork published in a Veterinary Journal!
    Years in Practice:
    Aug 07, 2008
    Education:
    University of Georgia
    Interests:
    Exotics & Wildlife
  • Dr. Joy Markford


    Dr. Joy Markford graduated from the University Of Georgia College Of Veterinary Medicine in 2009.  She practiced veterinary medicine in Forsyth County before joining Appalachian Animal Hospital in April 2011.  Dr. Markford enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and has a special interest in internal medicine, behavior, and canine physical rehabilitation.  When not working, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

    Education:
    University of Georgia
  • Dara, Office Manager

    Dara has been employed at Appalachian Animal Hospital since April, 2004. She graduated form Gilmer High School in 2003. She started as a Customer Care Specialist and now is the office manager. Dara is married and has two children. She enjoys spening all her free time with her family, and she also enjoys photography.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 21, 2004
    Interests:
    Customer Service
  • Kim, Hospital Manager

    Kim has been employed for Appalachian Animal Hospital since April 2011, She graduated from Gilmer High School in 1988, she then attended Pickens Technical School for accounting. In her free time she enjoys exercising and spending time with her family.
    Education:
    Pickens Technical School
    Interests:
    Accounting
  • Tracey Teague, Vet Tech Supervisor


    Years in Practice:
    Mar 02, 2004
  • Robert, Vet Assistant


    Years in Practice:
    Nov 28, 2001
  • Tonya, Vet Assistant, Surgery Tech, Dental Tech

    Tonya has been employed at Appalachian Animal Hospital since June, 2005. She graduated at Gilmer High School in 2004. Tonya stated at Appalachian Animal Hospital as a Customer Care Specialist, she then was transferred to work as a Vet assistant and is currently a Surgery technician and Dental Technician. Tonya's enjoys spending time with her husband and little girl. She also enjoys kayaking, reading, baking, and scrap booking.
    Years in Practice:
    Jun 06, 2005
    Interests:
    Professional Dental Cleanings
  • Joshua, Vet Assistant, Surgery Tech, Dental Tech


    Years in Practice:
    Aug 21, 2008
    Interests:
    Professional Dental Cleanings
  • Brittany, Customer Care Specialist

    Brittany has been employed at Appalachian Animal Hospital since May, 2009. She graduated from Gilmer High School. Brittany loves to spend time with her family and pets. She likes to sew, and shop in her spare time.
    Years in Practice:
    May 19, 2009
  • Amy, Vet Assistant, Surgery Tech, Dental Tech


    Years in Practice:
    May 26, 2009
    Interests:
    Professional Dental Cleanings
  • Amanda, Customer Care Specialist


  • Sarah, Animal Care Assistant


    Years in Practice:
    May 07, 2010
  • Connie, Customer Care Specialist

    Connie has been an employee at Appalachian Animal Hospital since July, 2011. She graduated from Gilmer High School, and has a degree in Business Office technology. She loves animals and their owners. She is also a firm believer that a pet deserved a healthy, happy life. Connie is married and has 4 children. She also has three Boston Terriers and one cat. She enjoys spending her free time with her family and pets
  • Jean, Customer Care Specialist

    Jean has been employed at Appalachian Animal Hospital since April 2000. She is very outgoing and enjoys needle point, card making, scrapbooking.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 15, 2000
  • Tifani, Animal Care Assistant

  • Sasha Garcia, Customer Service Specialist

    Years in Practice:
    May 09, 2012
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  • Melissa Pratt, Customer Service Specialist

    Years in Practice:
    May 09, 2012
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  • Neal Penerich, Animal Care Assistant

    Years in Practice:
    Feb 09, 2012
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  • Join Our Health Care Team!

    Employees at Appalachian Animal Hospital love coming to work, the job is both rewarding and fulfilling.  We all learn something new everyday.  We offer great benefits, competitive wages, and a fun work environment.  Positions that may be available are:  Customer Service Specialist, Veterinary Assistant, and Animal Care Assistant.

    We would love to hear from you if you are a truly compassionate person who has great customer service skills, can multi-task in a fast paced environment, is not afraid to get dirty, and loves animals.  Jobs here may require you to work early mornings, late nights, and some weekends.  If you meet these requirements please e-mail your resume (Resumes should be in Microsoft Word or .PDF File) to: applicants@appalachianah.com

    Please include which position you would like to be considered

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