About Us

We provide compassionate, progressive and comprehensive Veterinary Care.

Welcome and thank you for visiting our website. Our busy, 8 doctor, mixed animal practice is located off Highway 29, just outside Franklin Springs. We service a large portion of Northeast Georgia, including Banks, Franklin, Elbert, Hart, Madison,& Stephens’s counties. We also have clientele in South Carolina.
Our regular operating hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 6:00pm and Saturday from 8:00am - 12:00pm. For more information please write, call, or email us.
Royston Animal Hospital, Inc. (RAH) was formed in 1983 by Dr. Doris Cato, Dr. Kenneth Cato and Dr. Bruce Bowen, all graduates of The University of Georgia (UGA). Each doctor was skilled at both large and small animal medicine, as well as technician, kennel hand and receptionist! Five years later, in 1988, Candy Atkinson joined the RAH as a receptionist.  After working many capacities at our clinic she is now essential to our animal hospital as our Practice Manager. In 1990 Dr. Wanda Ray Thompson joined RAH. She received her veterinary degree from UGA. She along with Drs. Cato and Dr. Bowen are the owners of RAH.
In September of 2007, after outgrowing our office at 2888 W. Main St., we moved into our new 7000 sq. ft. building in the same location. Our new facility has given us the opportunity to better serve the community.

Our Associate Doctors

Dr. Laura Yetzina graduated from UGA and her interests are in large and small veterinary medicine. Dr. Jaime Terry joined our staff after graduating from Louisiana State University and concentrates on small animal medicine. Dr. Leslie Lord graduated from UGA, while Dr. Christina Park came to us from North Carolina they both practice  large and small animal medicine. Our practice has 8 doctors with 115 combined total years of experience.

Our Receptionists

Yvonne Smith (Reception Manager), Vickie Prickett, Hannah Maddox, Lisa Wald, Heather Hagood, and Joni Ashworth, RVT keep the front office running smoothly.  Our receptionist  strive to give the best customer service available to our clients.  Their responsibilities include answering a multi-line phone system, loving on client’s pets, greeting clients, loving on client’s pets, stocking shelves, loving on client’s pets, check-in and check-out clients, loving on client’s pets and other duties as assigned.

Our Groomers

Marcy, our groomer, has been with RAH since 2006 and has many years of grooming experience. Marcy is very gentle with her patients and enjoys talking to and loving them while grooming.

Our Veterinary Assistants & Technicians

Blonca joined RAH when she was just 16 years old and now that she is ... oops, well let's just say she's no spring chicken; she is our Senior Room Veterinary Assistant. Many of you have met "Winnie" her weenie dog that follows her around all day. Rita joins Blonca and brings many years of technical experience with her.  Jennifer Carnes and  Ashley Kendrick, RVT buzz all over the clinic and are proficient with customer service for large and small animals.  Joni Ashworth, graduated as a Registered Veterinary Tech (RVT) in May 2012 and serves a Veterinary Technician and as a receptionist.  Melissa assists the veterinarians also in room and do routine blood work when needed.  They all love what they do and love working with animals.

Our Surgical Team

Bree, who has 10 years of veterinary assistant experience, Tracy and Michael join her as surgical technicians in "the back."

Our Inventory Manager

Lisa joined RAH in 2006 and is working diligently on losing her New York accent! She keeps us in supplies and watches our bottom dollar.

Our Kennel Staff

We have a beautiful boarding facility and hope you will take a tour. Renee is our senior kennel attendant and has been with RAH since 2004. Her calm & gentle mannerism has an especially positive effect on our boarders. She is joined by Tristyn. They all have a passion for animals and enjoy playing with, feeding, bathing, loving and caring for their boarding friends while with us.

Our Large Animal Veterinary Assistant

BJ started out in the kennel. From time to time he would assist a doctor on a difficult farm call. After a while BJ learned so much about large animal medicine that he has become indispensable to the large animal veterinarians. Jennifer and Ashley back up BJ when he is out on calls, so the large animal desk is covered at all times.

Our dedicated 8 doctors and 20 staff members are here for the community. Our goal is to provide your pet with the highest quality veterinary medicine available with the utmost of integrity and compassion. Thank you for visiting our animal hospital.