Open House at Blairsville Animal Hospital

Open House at Blairsville Animal Hospital

Blairsville Animal Hospital recently hosted an open house. The Blairsville Union County Chamber of Commerce brought the big scissors and Veterinarian Deanne Livingston cut a red ribbon to mark the occasion. Around one hundred people attended the event.

Livingston says, "We have a state-of-the-art facility with new surgery suites and four exam rooms. There are even two outdoor play areas with dog runs." She added, "Here's an interesting fact. This site used to be a gas station. I am trying to find a photo of it." (If anyone has one, please contact Blairsville Animal Hospital .)

Guests were treated to tours of the clinic, interesting displays, and wonderful food. The staff members used their artistic talents to create informative exhibits about serious subjects like heartworms and tooth decay. During the open house, the staff stayed busy demonstrating and explaining the medical equipment. Each staff member also prepared a favorite dish including Dr. Livingston's Lemon Bars, Lynn 's Cheesecake Pie, Alice 's Ranger Cookies, Ray's Rockin' Key Lime tarts, and Ellen's Home-made Dog Biscuits. The cookout offered more than just homemade desserts. There were hotdogs, potato salad, Texas caviar, and carrot salad. Everything was delicious.

Dr. Livingston has practiced veterinary medicine for 18 years. She shares responsibility for her animal patients with co-worker Dr. Boyd, along with a professional staff of assistants. Livingston lives with her husband, Eric Seifarth, owner of Crane Creek Vineyards. They have two boys, Sam and Peter.

Natasha Jones, DVM

Blairsville Animal Hospital welcomes Natasha Jones, DVM

Blairsville Animal Hospital welcomes Natasha Jones, DVM to their staff. She has joined with DeAnne Livingston, DVM in offering veterinary services to area pets, farm animals, and their owners.

Dr. Jones says the practice had to expand in order to accommodate all the new people (and their animals) that have moved to the North Georgia area. She is enthusiastic and excited to be a part of Blairsville Animal Hospital .

Jones specializes in small animal internal medicine (and surgery) with an interest in small ruminants, especially goats. She received her DVM degree from University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Jones is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners, and is involved in the Rural Area Veterinary Services program.

Natasha Jones grew up in Marietta , Georgia . She first studied Music Education at Appalachian State in Boone , N.C. and then taught school for several years. She says, "Although I loved teaching, I wanted to work with animals and decided to switch careers." Jones worked as a veterinary technician for five years while finishing school and has been at Blairsville Animal Hospital for two weeks. She adds, "We love it here. This is where I want to raise a family."

Jones has a busy schedule working Monday through Friday and every other Saturday at the Blairsville Animal Hospital . She lives in Young Harris with her husband Brendon, and two cats, Monkey and Patches. Natasha and Brendon are members of the Church of Christ . Natasha says, "Everyone has welcomed us and we want to give back to the community."