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Our Careteam

Your pet’s emotional and physical well-being is prioritized with every visit.
We put the patients first!

Deb Pounds

Deb Pounds

Practice Manager


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. 


Wendy Keene

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. 


Abbey Phillips

Abbey Phillips

Medical Services Coordinator


Abbey grew up on a farm in Forsyth County, Georgia, alongside her two older sisters, her parents, and animals of all shapes and sizes. Abbey spent her childhood helping to raise everything from puppies, kittens, and horses to cows, birds, and lizards. Her early experiences with animal care made a permanent impression—now, Abbey gets to use her fascination with medicine and science to better the lives of the pets she loves!

Abbey’s journey in animal care began at the North Georgia Zoo, where she worked her way from the ticket booth to a position as Animal Sales Manager, and then into the caretaking and training side of the facility. After a few years spent caring for creatures there, she decided that it was time to move into the veterinary world while studying biology in college. Abbey became a Receptionist and Veterinary Assistant at a busy eight-doctor practice, where she learned the ropes of the profession and developed her love of animal medicine even further.

After moving to the Auburn area, Abbey was thrilled to join the team here at Hoschton Animal Hospital and especially likes that she’s able to use her experience with exotic animals and wildlife here at the clinic. She’s passionate about animal training—Abbey is currently in the process of becoming Fear-Free Certified!—and also loves to educate the area’s pet owners on proper animal care techniques. 

Abbey’s interests outside of veterinary medicine include spending time outdoors and practicing her photography skills, a passion she developed after serving as a tour photographer during her time at the zoo. She’s even started her own small photography business! At home, Abbey and her boyfriend, Chris, share their lives with three dogs—Sebastian, a smart German Shepherd whose favorite pastime is playing fetch; Duke the Boxer/Pit Bull mix who was adopted by Chris at nine months of age; and a rescued dog named Roscoe who sleeps on Abbey’s pillows every night—as well as a loveable bearded dragon named Ollie. 


Katy Coggins

Katy Coggins

Veterinary Assistant


From the time she could walk, Katy felt an indescribable connection with animals. She remembers sitting right here in Hoschton Animal Hospital’s exam rooms as a child with her grandparents and their pets, admiring the work of the Technicians and doctors who were helping her own family companions. Now, Katy is on the other side of the exam table—she’s proud to serve as a part of the clinic’s Veterinary Assistant team! 

A Hoschton native, Katy’s career in animal care began when she became an assistant on a dairy goat farm. She quickly took over grooming and vaccinations as well as milking duties. This progressed into a job as a certified goat-milk tester and goat showman! Katy worked at a nearby pet hospital for a time before moving on to another local practice, where she developed her clinical skills even further. Next, Katy joined the Hoschton Animal Hospital family in May of 2019 and couldn’t be happier to serve the pets and animal owners of the area every day. 

Medically, Katy enjoys observing and monitoring during surgical procedures, and she’s also fond of goat and pig care thanks to her background in the livestock world. Katy also likes to help pet owners better understand their animal companions’ care techniques through the power of client education.

Most of Katy’s time away from work is spent with her family and pets. She and her boyfriend, James, have two wonderful young boys named Dylan and Wyatt. The family shares their lives with four dogs—Jazmine, Dutchess, Lily, and Blu—as well as three cats, a pot-bellied pig named Hamlet, 10 ducks, six chickens, and Katy’s 500-pound retired show pig, Delilah.  


Amy Snelgrove

Amy Snelgrove

Lead Client Service Representative


Amy took in many stray animals during her childhood years, feeding them and nursing them back to health. For her, helping pets simply comes naturally! A career spent tending to the needs of animals and their owners is the perfect fit—Amy is proud to serve as a Client Service Representative with the Hoschton Animal Hospital team.

Amy is originally from Connecticut and moved to Florida with her family when she was only 12 years old. She began working in a kennel in Orlando while attending the University of Central Florida, and was trained on-the-job as a Veterinary Technician and receptionist. She’s worked in veterinary medicine ever since!

Amy and her family moved to the Buford area in the summer of 2017, and she joined the Hoschton Animal Hospital team later that year. Her favorite part of every shift is interacting directly with the area’s pet owners, and she also has a special passion for animal nutrition—Amy never tires of getting to see the rewarding changes in a pet’s skin, fur, and weight once they start eating the proper diet.

When she isn’t helping others here at the hospital, Amy can be found relaxing at the beach, reading a good book, or spending quality time with her family. She and her daughter, Makayla share their lives their dog—Jazz the terrier mix; a rescue kitty named Colby Jack.


Rhonda Black

Rhonda Black

Client Service Representative


Much of Rhonda’s work history is in the field of human healthcare, but when the opportunity arose for her to use her medical background to help pets, she knew she had to give it a try. That’s when she joined the talented and compassionate team here at Hoschton Animal Hospital! Rhonda loves to meet and greet pets and owners as a member of the clinic’s front-desk reception team.

Rhonda is from Stone Mountain, Georgia and was a client here at Hoschton Animal Hospital before she became an employee. When her children left home, she decided to take a leap of faith. She asked Dr. Chapman if the hospital was hiring, and the rest is history! Rhonda has been a part of the clinic team since August of 2019 and couldn’t be happier to serve the pets and animal owners of the area. 

Part of what makes Rhonda so good at her job is that she shares her life with many pets of her own. The furry members of the family include Siggie, a very intelligent Russian Blue cat; Max the quirky German Shepherd mix; and two sweet Boxers named Ella and Ema.


Hannah Peeples

Hannah Peeples

Veterinary Assistant


Hannah got her first dog when she was two years old—the pup has been her best friend throughout her whole life and inspired Hannah to help all of the animals she possibly could. That’s why she decided to join the veterinary profession! Hannah is a proud member of Hoschton Animal Hospital’s kennel team. 

Hannah is a Georgia native and grew up not far from the hospital grounds. She took the veterinary science pathway during high school, and knew that she wanted to stay involved in the world of animal care after completing her studies. After graduating with honors, Hannah was thrilled to join the Hoschton Animal Hospital family in February of 2020, and she’s been here ever since. 

As a Kennel Technician, Hannah loves that there is never a dull moment on the job. She gets to work with a variety of animal species, and she never gets tired of meeting new pets and their loving owners. Nothing beats hearing a fun or fascinating pet story! 

Hannah’s interests outside of veterinary care include fishing, riding dirt bikes and four-wheelers, and doting on her own pups at home. She and her family share their lives with two canine companions: Lovie, who prefers to relax in her old age, and a Rottweiler named Mocha whose favorite pastime is playing tug-of-war with her rope. 


Kady Hyatt

Kady Hyatt

Registered Veterinary Technician


Kady’s family rescued Cavalier King Charles Spaniels while she was growing up, and those early experiences with animal care made a permanent impression on her. She’s always had a passion for helping others, whether they have four legs or just two. A career in veterinary care simply made sense! Now, Kady is a proud member of the Veterinary Technician team here at Hoschton Animal Hospital. 

Kady was born in Georgia but has spent most of her life in Minnesota. She decided that she would become a veterinary professional when she was only a kindergarten student—her drive and determination hasn’t wavered since. Kady graduated from Athens Technical College, having spent time here at Hoschton Animal Hospital for her last externship in school, and then worked here at the hospital for a few months before taking and passing the Veterinary Technician’s National Exam. She’s been a Licensed Veterinary Technician ever since!

Around the clinic, Kady loves to see a wide variety of animal species and personalities on a daily basis. She’s also fond of monitoring patients under anesthesia and following them all the way through their procedures to full recoveries. 

At home, Kady likes spending time with her wonderful son, Isaac, and riding horses. She rides Western style and loves to take Isaac out on trail rides whenever she gets the chance. Kady has one pet at home: a ferret named Missy who is very sneaky and loves to hide Isaac’s toys. 


Shelby Rice

Shelby Rice

Client Service Representative


Shelby grew up on a farm in the small town of Royston, where she spent time around everything from dogs, cats, and horses to pigs, goats, cows, and chickens. It wasn’t difficult for her to fall in love with animal care at an early age—Shelby always suspected that she would love to work with the earth’s creatures in a hands-on way. When the opportunity arose for her to use her background in customer service within the world of animal care, she jumped at the chance! 

Shelby studied early childhood education during her college years in Valdosta, then taught for a few years after graduating. She transitioned into the customer service industry for a number of years before deciding to follow her heart and do something she truly loved: helping animals. Shelby joined the front-desk team here at Hoschton Animal Hospital in the summer of 2020 and has been enjoying every moment since! She especially likes swapping fun pet stories and getting to see the incredible bonds between pets and owners up close. 

When she isn’t here at the clinic, Shelby likes staying active in the great outdoors by hiking, camping, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding. She also enjoys trying new vegetarian dishes and cuddling up with her pets and a good book or Netflix program. Shelby lives with her boyfriend, Michael, and three pets: Junior, a Corgi/Border Collie mix who is the most loyal guard dog Shelby has ever known; Roxie the timid Corgi/Australian Cattle Dog mix; and a loveable cat named Kitty.


Marie Plymail

Marie Plymail

Customer Service Representative


Marie spent 28 years teaching dance, but decided it was time to find a new career. She had always loved animals and wanted to be around them daily, so a position at an animal hospital made sense. Lo and behold, she was able to join the Hoschton Animal Hospital team as a customer service representative!

Born in Texas, Marie was raised in Georgia with her family. Her mother owned two dance studios, which is where Marie got her passion for dancing from. That was her career choice until the veterinary world came calling.

Even while teaching dance, Marie’s life still revolved around animals. She found herself helping transport pets to a local shelter, and this eventually sparked her to work more in the rescue world. She soon began to foster animals and loved the feeling of saving and making a difference in animal lives. 

When it comes to her present career, Marie loves seeing and helping treat all of the amazing pets and exotic animals that come into the door. She also likes talking to clients and assisting them with whatever they need, whether it’s a normal checkup or an emergency. Another aspect of the job she enjoys is working closely with an amazing staff of coworkers!

Marie is married to her husband Michael, and they have 4 children and 3 grandchildren. Since her and husband are empty-nesters, they are kept busy by their 4 dogs and 1 cat, all of which are rescue animals. 


Michelle Hanes

Michelle Hanes

Veterinary Assistant


When Michelle was younger, she used to watch commercials that featured abandoned animals that would find new homes. She remembers thinking to herself, “That’s what I want to do.” Today, as a veterinarian technician at Hoschton Animal Hospital, she’s not only able to help animals, she’s also able to save their lives! 

Michelle’s veterinary journey began at a small clinic, where she grasped the basics of handling animals and becoming familiar with all of their medications. She took this knowledge and brought it to Hoschton Animal Hospital, where she is learning even more about the field with the assistance of her helpful coworkers. Her favorite part of the job includes drawing blood from animals and taking x-rays, because you never know what you’re going to find.

A native of Kansas City, MO, Michelle would eventually move to Georgia, where she started a farm with her husband and their son. Michelle enjoys spending time tending to her farm, which boasts pigs, chickens, goats and a big garden!


Phil Lang

Phil Lang

Veterinary Assistant


A self-proclaimed “military brat,” Phil spent most of his childhood surrounded by animals. Growing up, you could usually find him volunteering his time or helping other pet owners better understand how to engage with their fur babies. As a Veterinary Assistant here at Hoschton Animal Hospital, Phil appreciates being able to advocate for individuals who cannot advocate for themselves.

Phil’s career began in a kennel, where he worked 10 hours a week. Management was so impressed with his stellar work ethic, that they quickly promoted him through the ranks. He made it to surgical technician in just two years. Professionally, Phil enjoys educating clients on proper care and how to interpret their pets’ feelings. As a teammate, he is hard working, reliable and always willing to go the extra mile.

At home, Phil has a wife and two children, as well as three dogs and four cats. While Phil’s priority is keeping his family happy, the small amount of spare time he has is usually spent playing video games, working on cars or watching a good movie.


Brianna Preves

Brianna Preves

Veterinary Assistant


Studying veterinary medicine has always been a dream for Brianna. When her brother’s dog, Lady, became paralyzed, Bri took a hands-on role in helping her recover. It took some time, but eventually Lady regained her ability to walk. This experience reignited Bri’s desire to pursue a career working with animals. As a Kennel Technician, she gets to care for pets and learn new things as she works toward her goal of one day becoming a vet.

Bri started her journey at Georgia Gwinnett College, where she initially began working toward a degree in biology. Shortly thereafter she transferred to Gwinnett Technical College, where she is currently on her way to the vet tech program. The thing she loves most about working here at Hoschton Animal Hospital is the ability to learn and expand her knowledge on a daily basis. 

At home, Bri is ‘Mom’ to two dogs of her own: Chief and Remi. When Chief goes outside, no matter rain or snow or sunshine, he always runs around then flops on the ground and starts rolling on his back. Remi has a few special things about her, but the main one is when she wants to give you a hug, she will jump all the way up into your arms.

When not busy working, studying or attending class, Bri’s hobbies include spending time outside with her niece and nephew, and hanging out with friends.


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