Our Mission

The Georgia Veterinary Medical Association is committed to advancing the veterinary medical profession and supporting the veterinarian’s role in improving animal and public health.

Vision – GVMA is the leading authority promoting veterinary medicine in GA.

Strategic Goals  All actions of the GVMA in the coming years will focus on achieving one or more of these strategic goals. The GVMA will:

  • Be the voice of the veterinary medical profession in legislative matters.
  • Be the driving force for promoting the image and importance of the veterinary medical profession.
  • Continue its growth through membership recruitment and retention programs, and by offering benefits and services relevant to members’ needs.
  • Be the model of governance, management, and motivation in the U.S. among state veterinary associations.

Core Values – In conducting the business of GVMA, the governance and management will be guided by these principles:

  • Professionalism
  • Commitment
  • Integrity
  • Service
  • Progressive thinking
  • Compassion
  • Stewardship
  • Transparency
  • Inclusivity

GVMA Constitution and Bylaws – 

Download the GVMA Constitution and Bylaws here (updated November 9, 2013)


Our Board of Directors

Want to know which District you belong to? Find your district here!


District 1

Director 
Gary Edwards, DVM 
Gateway Animal Hospital 
9849 Highway 301 S 
Statesboro, GA  30458
Work: (912) 681-7387 
Fax: (912) 681-9131
Email: bigmandvm@yahoo.com

Assistant Director  
Jeff Mahany, DVM 
Island Veterinary Clinic
416 Johnny Mercer Blvd. 
Savannah, GA 31410 
Work: (912) 897-1121 
Fax: (912) 351-5910 
Email: jmahany1@gmail.com

District 2

Director
Dale Hodges, DVM
Clanton-Malphus Hodges Veterinary Hospital
PO Box 547
Thomasville, GA 31799
Work: (229) 226-1914
Fax: (229) 227-1757
Email: dalehodges_dvm@yahoo.com

Assistant Director
Franklin "Bo" Curles, DVM 
Cairo Animal Hospital
1646 Highway 84 W.
Cairo, GA  39827
Work: (229) 337-1803
Fax: (229) 377-1884
Email: bcurles@southwestgatech.edu

District 3

Director
OPEN

Assistant Director
OPEN

District 4

Director 
Hiro Iwamoto, DVM
Clairmont Animal Hospital
226 Clairmont Road NE
Decatur, GA 30030
Work: (404) 550-2546
Fax: (404) 634-9857
Email: iwamotohiro@hotmail.com

Assistant Director 

Tasha Axam, DVM
St. Francis Veterinary Specialists
625 Dekalb Industrial Way, Ste. 500
Decatur, GA 30033
Work: (404) 924-2000
Cell: (404) 444-6376
Fax: (404) 974-2006
Email: vetaxam@aol.com

District 5

Director
Jennifer Pittman, DVM 
Georgia Veterinary Specialists 
455 Abernathy Rd., NE 
Atlanta, GA  30328 
Work: (404) 459-0903 
Email: jennifer.pittman@bluepearl.com

Assistant Director 
OPEN

District 6

Director
OPEN

Assistant Director
OPEN

 

District 7

Director 
John Tarabula, DVM
Animal Medical and Surgical Center
9100 Knox Bridge Hwy
Canton, GA 30114
Work: (770) 479-0111
Fax: (770) 479-4960
Email: jtarabula@windstream.net

Assistant Director
OPEN

District 8

 

Director
Jill Lancaster, DVM
Plantation Centre Animal Hospital
6411 Peake Road
Macon, GA  31210
Work: (478) 474-3616
Fax: (478) 477-7126
Email: drjill62@yahoo.com

Assistant Director
Brandon Pinson, DVM
Animal Medical Clinic of Forsyth
60 South Jackson St
Forsyth, GA 31029
Work: (478) 994-4986
Fax: (478) 994-2658
Email: brandonspinson@gmail.com

District 9

Director
Rachel Eddleman, DVM
Mount Yonah Animal Hospital
515 W. Kytle St.
Cleveland, GA  30528
Work: (706) 499-1676
Fax: 888-730-6938
Email: eddlemandvm@gmail.com

Assistant Director 
Elena Behnke, DVM
Elanco Animal Health
33 Sweetgum Street
Talmo, GA 30545
Work: (678) 343-3325
Cell: (770) 776-9973
Email: elena.l.benke@aphis.usda.gov

District 10

Director  
Ira Roth, DVM 
University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine
Athens, GA 30602
Work: (229) 894-2094
Fax: (229) 888-7183
Email: 
igroth@uga.edu 

Assistant Director 
Beth Yash, DVM
Barber Creek Veterinary Hospital
1471 Epps Bridge Road
Watkinsville, GA 30677
Work: (706) 549-7387
Fax: (706) 549-4821
Email: bethyashdvm@gmail.com

District 11

Director
OPEN

Assistant Director
OPEN

 

District 12

Director
Keith Curcio, DVM, DACVS
North GA Veterinary Specialists
1328 Buford Hwy., Bldg. 200
Buford, GA  30518
Work: (678) 835-3300
Fax: (678) 835-3301
Email: kcurcio@ngvetspecialists.com

Assistant Director
OPEN

Ex Officio

AVMA Delegate
Seyedmehdi Mobini, DVM* 
Ft. Valley State University 
1005 State University Dr. 
Ft. Valley, GA  31030 
Work: (478) 825-6424 
Fax: (478) 827-3023 
Email: mobinis@fvsu.edu

AVMA Alternate Delegate (non-voting) 
Mike Zager, DVM 
Ocoee Animal Hospital 
88 All Creatures Place 
Blue Ridge, GA  30513 
Work: (706) 632-7387 
Fax: (706) 632-7807 
Email: ocoeeanimalhospital1@tds.net

President, State Board of Veterinary Medicine
Larry Corry, DVM
Hog Mountain Animal Hospital
2885 Hog Mountain Rd.
Dacula, GA  30019
Work: (770) 979-6015
Fax: (770) 614-9944
Email: lrcorry@aol.com

State Veterinarian
Robert Cobb, DVM
GA Department of Agriculture
19 M.L.King Drive Room 106
Atlanta, GA 30334
Work: (404) 656-3671
Fax: (404) 657-1357
Email: Robert.Cobb@agr.state.ga.us

Dean, UGA College of Veterinary Medicine
Sheila W. Allen, DVM
College of Veterinary Medicine University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
Work: (706) 542-3461
Fax: (706) 542-8254
Email: sallen01@uga.edu

Veterinarian in Charge APHIS
Cristopher Young, DVM
USDA APHIS Veterinary Services
1498 Klondike Rd. Ste. 200
Conyers, GA  30094
Work: (770-761-5420
Fax: (770) 483-9000
Email: Cristopher.A.Young@aphis.usda.gov

GVMA Executive Director
Susan Blevins, CAE, IOM 
Georgia Veterinary Medical Association
2200 Century Parkway, Ste. 725
Atlanta, GA 30345
Work: (678) 309-1135
Fax: (678) 309-3361
Email: Susan@gvma.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our Officers

Sarah Wheat, DVM
President
South Atlanta Veterinary Specialty & Emergency
1090 GA-54
Fayetteville, GA 30214
770-460-8166 
petdoc13@bellsouth.net

Keri Riddick, DVM
President Elect
Benning Animal Hospital
2047 Fort Benning Rd
Columbus, GA 31904
706-689-6240 drriddick@benninganimalhospital.com

Laura J. Smallwood, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM
Immediate Past President
Saint Francis Veterinary Specialists & Emergency
625 Dekalb Industrial Way, Ste. 500
Decatur, GA 30033-5990
404-924-2000
lsmallwood@sfvs.com

Herbert Spencer Tally, DVM, Pharm D
Treasurer
Pet Vet Clinic
1163 Burnt Hickory Road
Cartersville, GA 30120
770-386-5066
petvetclinic@earthlink.net

Michael (Duffy) Jones, DVM
Vice Treasurer
Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital
3106 Early Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
404-812-9880
djones@peachtreehillsvet.com


GVMA Staff

Susan Blevins, CAE, IOM
Executive Director

Scott Piper, CAE
Associate Director

Wendy Cuevas-Espelid, BVSc, MPH, DACVPM
Director of Veterinary Services

Lindsay Corley
Membership Strategy & Communications Manager

Billie Scroggs
Meetings & Membership Coordinator

Linda Tramel
Administrative Assistant