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    Dr. Cat McGinnis

    Dr. Cat was born and raised in Decatur, Georgia. Throughout her life she had one goal, to become a veterinarian and own her own practice. In 2008, she graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. During vet school she worked closely with both UGA V and UGA VI (the English bulldogs that are the university’s mascot). After graduation, she worked in a mixed animal practice in South Carolina for 2 years doing both small animal and equine medicine. However, the pull of her home town and a desire to be closer to her family led her to move back to Georgia in 2010. For the past few years she has been a relief veterinarian serving numerous clinics in the greater Atlanta area.

    In January 2013, she decided that it was time to fulfill the second part of her life’s goal and purchase a veterinary practice. After having done relief work at AHAH for over a year, she knew this was the practice she wanted to buy. On May 30 2013, she purchased the practice from Dr. Dickler who was retiring. Dr. Cat is looking forward to continuing the tradition of compassionate, loving care for the patients of AHAH. She is also excited to bring in up-to-date technology such as digital radiology and ultrasound.

    Dr. Cat enjoys spending time with her family and friends and hiking with her three dogs, a great dane named Josey and her two chihuahuas, Milo and Rita. Clients will often see Dr. Cat’s dogs peeking out from her office door, as they love to accompany their mommy to work.

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    Mariah has been working at AHAH since August 2010. She started out as a kennel person and has learned and expanded her skills so that now she is a veterinary technician. Mariah is the proud owner of five dogs, Dali-Mae, Koala Pink, Mr. My-joy, Honey and Safari and she finds much joy in caring for the health and welfare of all animals.

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    Amanda is a junior at Berry College and is majoring in animal science. She hopes to become a veterinarian. Amanda has been working with us at AHAH during the summers and on holiday breaks for several years now and she has become a valued member of our team. Amanda and her family have 8 dogs, 3 cats and numerous exotic birds.

  • Loriee Pafford

    Loriee Pafford

    Loriee has been a veterinary technician for the past 20 years. She has worked at American Heritage part-time for over a year and has now joined the staff permanently as our new office manager. Loriee has 2 fur babies, a miniature boxer named Lilly and Shiba Inu named Isles. Loriee loves all animals, but she is especially passionate about wildlife rehabilitation and loves caring for baby raccoons.

  • Vanessa


    Vanessa was born in Houston, Texas and moved to GA in 2001. She interned here while studying at Animal Behavior College and was hired shortly after her graduation. She has two cats, Kitty and Suzy, and a dog named Missy.