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Ed Rowan, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Ed Rowan, a lifetime Georgia resident, lives in Bogart, Georgia with his family.

Dr. Rowan grew up in Enigma, Georgia and graduated from Berrien County High School in 1983. He then attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia studying animal science for two years. He then acquired a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science from UGA in 1986. He continued his education at UGA’S College of Veterinary Medicine and obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. During this time Dr. Rowan completed two externships; one with Monroe Veterinary Hospital in Monroe, Georgia and one with Wilkes County Veterinary Services in Wilkes County, Georgia.

After graduation Dr. Rowan became an associate veterinarian at Commerce Vet Hospital in Commerce, Georgia for one year. In 1991, Dr. Rowan was hired by Dr. Wayne Brubaker at the Oglethorpe Animal Clinic, then located in Lexington, Georgia. He then took ownership of Oglethorpe Animal Clinic in 1993 and in 2001 Oglethorpe Animal Clinic moved from its longtime home in Lexington, Georgia to its new home in Crawford, Georgia. The new facility with ample parking and a larger building allowed the clinic to grow with the demands of the county.

In 2006, Dr. Rowan became a Level 1 certified Laser Surgeon to provide a safe and comfortable alternative to traditional surgery. He and his staff are committed to continuing education to provide the latest medical and surgical treatment for his patients.

Wayne Brubaker, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Wayne Brubaker has been working with us since May 2016, after his retirement from Winterville Animal Clinic. He enjoys working close to home in a practice that closely resembles the clinic where he began his career. With his passion for working with animals and people he thoroughly enjoys helping his clients in all aspects of pet ownership.

 

Dr. Brubaker graduated from UGA Vet School in 1977. After graduation, he practiced in Royston on mixed animals (cows, horses, dogs and cats) for five years. He left Royston to begin practicing on small animals in Comer and Oglethorpe county. After having children and desiring more time with them, he began a companion animal practice, Winterville Animal Clinic.

 

Before starting Winterville Animal Clinic, he sold Oglethorpe Animal Clinic to Dr. Ed Rowan, and Comer Veterinary Clinic to Dr. Leslie Heart. He operated Winterville Animal Clinic until 2010 and sold the practice to Dr. Don Cole, continuing to work there until last year.

 

He has been married to Mary Booth Brubaker for 44 years and they have two sons, Jeremy (Deanna) and Joseph (Laura), and five grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with his family and many pets at his home. He is very involved in Cornerstone Church of Athens and with Sparrows Nest, an inner-city ministry of Athens, serving on the board. 

Lance Jones, DVM

Veterinarian

Bio will be added shortly

Kristina Lane, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Kristina Lane grew up in Cobb County, GA and decided she wanted to be a vet in second grade. She attended college at both Georgia Southern University and the University of Georgia for her undergraduate degree while working at vet clinics and a dairy farm. She graduated from the University of Georgia Vet School and currently lives in Athens.

 

She married her high school sweetheart Brian, and together they have one daughter named Kylie. She has various pets including dogs, cats, horses, chickens, ferrets, and reptiles. She enjoys cow print, camels, camping, hiking, horse-back riding, snowboarding, reading, and traveling.

Angela Anderson

Veterinary Receptionist

Angela has lived in Crawford, GA all of her life and loves being a part of "country living". She is married to a wonderful fella, Don Anderson, and has two precious girls, Kayla and Meagan. She also has three precious furbabies....Chico, Macy and Minne Pearl, who are absolutely spoiled rotten! :)

In her spare time, she likes to spend it with family and friends. "Life is much too short to not live it to the fullest each and every day!"

She joined our OAC family on June 29, 2018 and loves it! Her passion has always been to help people and what a perfect combination.....helping people and loving on the animals all in one.

Karla Benoit

Veterinary Receptionist

Karla is from Colbert, GA and started working with us in August.

After working in the human medical field for 22 years, Karla decided to make a change and follow her heart to the animal side. It was a decision she says she will never regret! She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, if there's a Karaoke bar anywhere near, you will most likely find her there singing her heart out, She enjoys traveling and antique shops, as well as Georgia football with her son and dad. She’s especially looking forward to welcoming her 2nd grandchild in December.

Bonnie Cooper

Bonnie has been working with us since 2011 and is currently attending Penn Foster to become a certified veterinary technician. She was born in Chicago and lived in Palm Beach for ten years before moving to Oglethorpe county in 1999. She has a love of all animals and especially horses, working as a horse trainer for years. She has three kids and enjoys spending time with them and her family.

Abigail Gray

Veterinary Assistant

 Abby has been working with us since November 2017 as a veterinary assistant. She is currently a junior at Oglethorpe County High School. She has always loved animals. They have always been a part of her family and life. She loves her dogs and cat and they go everywhere she goes – camping, hiking and hunting (not the cat). They are her family!

Kayla King

Registered Veterinary Technician

Kayla King is from Crawford, Georgia and began as a volunteer with our clinic when she was 15. Over the past eleven years she has volunteered, worked full-time and now works for us part-time. She is a registered veterinary technician and graduated in 2013 with her Associates in Veterinary Technology and in Animal Sciences, both from Athens Technical College.

She enjoys working with animals because she loves being the voice for them when they can't tell us what's wrong. Saving lives and providing excellent nursing care makes her feel like she's making a difference in the world. She is very passionate about teaching owners about their ailing pets and preventative veterinary care. Besides her part-time job with us, she works full- time at the University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching Hospital as a Registered Veterinary Technician 2 in Anesthesia (for large/small animals and exotics) for the last four years. 

She enjoys reading, traveling, basketball/soccer and hiking with her family.

Rebecca Patterson

Veterinary Technician

Rebecca is from Newnan, Georgia and has been working as a Veterinary Technician at the clinic since Fall of 2016. She has a BS in Agriculture and Environmental Science from the University of Georgia. She is currently a Registered Veterinary Technician in training at Penn Foster.

She has always been drawn to animals, of all kinds, since she could remember. They fascinated her, especially the wild ones she couldn’t actually pet. As a kid, she used to stare at her stuffed animals, convinced that if she stared long enough they might come to life. She has brought this childhood passion into her current career working with us. Aside from the obvious perks, she loves helping people, animals, etc. She enjoys making a difference in the lives of our patients and their families; even making a small difference makes it all worth it!

In her time off she enjoys running/anything active (especially outdoors). FISHING. She loves doing anything creative (she does the memory paw prints). She’s also musical – she’s almost always singing!

Pat Taylor

Pat Taylor was born in Oglethorpe County, Georgia, but was raised in New Jersey. After finishing high school, she went to a vocational school and received a practical nursing license. She married Tom Taylor and raised three children continuing to work as a LPN for 10 years. In 1976 Pat and her family moved to her mother’s home place in Oglethorpe County, Georgia.

Shortly afterwards she changed her vocation to care for animals. She started working for Dr. Rita Ridgeway at the first Oglethorpe Animal Clinic in 1978. The clinic was then sold to Dr. Henry Brubaker and Pat remained. When Dr. Henry sold the clinic to his son Dr. Wayne Brubaker Pat stayed as she knew the clients and their furry friends better than anyone.

In 1993 Dr. Wayne Brubaker sold the clinic to Dr. Ed Rowan and Pat remained as Head technician.

Hillary Whiddon

Lead Vet Tech

She started with us in April 2019 as the Lead Veterinary Technician. She is from Colbert, GA and has lived in a few different places since her husband joined the Navy. 

Hillary is attending San Juan College for her Veterinary Technician degree. She is certified in Fear Free Veterinary Medicine as well as certified in BLS (basic life support) and ALS (advanced life support) CPR for cats and dogs.

Animals are her passion in life and she enjoys many aspects of veterinary medicine including the detective work it takes to figure out what is wrong in a critical case. She also enjoys educating clients on all aspects of pet care including behavior, nutrition, preventive care and supporting both client and patient with palliative care at the end. Her goal is for every patient to leave her care healthy and happy and clients to leave with a greater understanding of how to keep them that way.

Outside of work she spends all the time she can with her wonderful husband Jordan (middle school sweethearts) and their daughter Arlie (she’s also expecting another girl in December). Animals still rule her life outside of work. They have four dogs (Jaxson, Charming, Opie and Bella), one cat (Daisy) and four horses (Mage, Aniken, Liberty and Raven). She enjoys riding and driving her draft horses with any extra time she has.

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