Our Careteam

Deb Pounds

Client Service Representative

Deb started her working career heading up projects and leading technical teams for many different organizations. When she started looking for a new challenge, she realized that she would love to combine her extensive client-service experience with her love of animals. Hoschton Animal Hospital was the perfect answer—Deb has been serving pets and their owners here for 15 years!

A Georgia native, Deb joined the clinic team in 2002 after working in the technical industry for many years. She’s since been able to apply her background in client service, human resources, and training while enjoying countless opportunities to further her knowledge in the world of animal care. Deb’s favorite part of her job is spending time with loving pet parents just like herself and witnessing firsthand the incredible bonds between animals and their owners.

Outside of work, Deb enjoys hiking through the forests of Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. She’s also passionate about music and reading, and likes researching a variety of subjects in her spare time. Deb lives with three rescued cats of her own: Donzi, a black and white Tuxedo; Freeway, who was found on the interstate and served as Hoschton Animal Hospital’s official greeter before coming home with Deb for retirement; and Peepers, a special-needs cat who lives happily in his forever home after Dr. Stout saved his life.

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Brittany Dozier

Client Service Representative

Brittany has always considered herself a true people person, and greatly enjoys interacting with others. She’s also felt an innate connection with pets of all sorts for her entire life. Working as a veterinary professional, Brittany gets to spend time around animals on a daily basis while improving the lives of people at the same time!

Brittany is a Georgia native and began her animal-care career at an animal clinic in Gwinnett County. A few months later, she moved to Jackson County and discovered that Hoschton Animal Hospital was hiring. Brittany started here at the clinic while still in college during the summer of 2003, and has been enjoying the welcoming family atmosphere, her compassionate and talented coworkers, and the clinic’s loving clientele ever since.

At home, Brittany and her husband live with their three wonderful children and a pair of cats named Moose and Maximus. Moose was rescued by Brittany and her family when he was only two days old, and has since grown into quite the scavenger. Maximus, named after a character in The Gladiator, doesn’t quite live up to his namesake and is afraid of just about everything, including his own shadow.

In her spare time, Brittany enjoys exercising her creative talents and is an avid writer, decorator, and artist. Her skills are on display here at Hoschton Animal Hospital: various informational materials and even several visual aids in the lobby were created by Brittany!

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Amanda Loving

Veterinary Assistant

Although she was afraid of dogs as a child thanks to an unfortunate encounter with a Doberman, Amanda warmed up to them again when her uncle gave her Adrian, a wonderfully gentle Golden Retriever who quickly became Amanda’s best friend. From the moment she met Adrian, Amanda fell in love with animals; she’s known ever since that a career in veterinary medicine was her true calling!

Amanda is originally from New Jersey, and it was there that her career in animal care began. She started volunteering at the local Humane Society when she was only about 12 years old! After moving to Georgia with her family, Amanda started working at an animal clinic in Duluth before joining the Hoschton Animal Hospital family in the fall of 2003. Now, she serves as a Veterinary Assistant and couldn’t be happier.

Around the hospital, Amanda is particularly fond of surgeries and likes monitoring pets under anesthesia. She also enjoys the great variety of animals that she’s able to care for—on any given day, she can go from examining a bird’s feathers to taking a blood sample from a horse!

Amanda, her husband, and her two stepchildren live in Flowery Branch with several pets of their own. The family shares their lives with Amanda’s dog, Leigh-Lu; Ripleigh, a rescued dog that Amanda adopted from Hoschton Animal Hospital; a cat who was bottle-fed by Amanda ever since she was a week-old kitten; and a squirrel named Humpy that Amanda is currently rehabilitating.

When she’s not at work or exercising with Leigh-Lu and Ripleigh, Amanda enjoys swimming, decorating, drawing and painting, entertaining, and spending quality time with her friends and family.

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Daniel Butler

Veterinary Assistant

Daniel studies biology at the University of Georgia, and may very well continue on to study veterinary medicine. For him, gaining invaluable real-world experience in the animal-care field as a member of the Hoschton Animal Hospital team is a dream come true!

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Daniel moved to Georgia with his family many years ago. After working a few odd jobs around the area, he signed on here at Hoschton Animal Hospital in March of 2015 during his collegiate career. Daniel has a particular interest in surgery, and loves sitting in on procedures to learn as much as he can.

At home, Daniel and his family have a few pets of their own: Sadie, a very smart dog; an indoor cat named Patches; a pair of outdoor cats who go by Simon and Sami; and a lovable sugar glider named Scrat.

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Christina Ferguson

Veterinary Assistant

Christina has had an innate connection with animals for as long as she can remember, and she’s always dreamed of working with pets professionally. Now, she’s able to pursue her passion on a daily basis alongside her second family here at Hoschton Animal Hospital!

Born in Michigan, Christina lived in Florida for several years before settling in Georgia at the age of 23. She’s been here ever since! Christina first joined the Hoschton Animal Hospital team in 2012, and she’s particularly fond of grooming pets and comforting nervous puppies with a gentle rub-down.

Christina, her husband, and their wonderful son share their lives with several animal companions. They have a yellow Lab named Gemma, three other pets who go by Casper, Storm, and Bella, and a pair of ferrets.

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Wendy Keene

Office Manager

Wendy has adored animals ever since she was young, and she loves the satisfaction of helping other people. By working in the veterinary industry, she’s able to satisfy both passions on a daily basis! Wendy has been a member of the Hoschton Animal Hospital family for 10 years, and now serves as the clinic’s Office Manager.

Wendy grew up in eastern Canada, but has lived in the South for the majority of her life. She worked in various fields—including law, engineering, and golf course architecture—before deciding to become a veterinary professional. She joined the Hoschton Animal Hospital team in 2006 and has been here ever since! Wendy particularly enjoys forming lasting relationships with long-term clientele, and also likes the fact that no two days here at the hospital are ever quite the same.

Wendy has three dogs of her own at home: a Welsh corgi named Reilley; Max the Jack Russell terrier; and a German shepherd mix named Falcon. She also has a grand-dog, Sam, who lives in Atlanta with Wendy’s daughter, Jessica.

When she has time outside of work, Wendy enjoys spending time with friends and family, antiquing, repurposing old furniture, and traveling.

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Ashton Smith

Veterinary Assistant

Ashton grew up in Auburn, Georgia with her parents, little brother, and a menagerie of pets. The family had dogs, cats, a goat, and even lizards and frogs! For Ashton, it wasn’t difficult to fall in love with the world of animal care. Her passion has come full-circle—she’s now a Veterinary Assistant with the Hoschton Animal Hospital team.

Ashton started her veterinary journey during her high-school years when she began volunteering her time with a local animal hospital. Next, she started working at another nearby clinic for almost four years before joining the team here at Hoschton Animal Hospital. Medically, she enjoys performing challenging blood draws, and she’s also fond of answering clients’ questions and helping them set up appointments.

Ashton’s interests outside of work include relaxing with a good book and spending quality time with her family at their home in Winder. She and her husband, Zak, have two wonderful daughters named Aylen and Jaycee, and the family shares their lives with three loveable pets: Bud, a protective Coonhound/Great Dane mix; a pit bull named Daisy Mae who loves to sleep next to Ashton’s daughters and growls every time someone gets near them; and a long-haired cat who goes by Toothless.

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