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Welcome to South Atlanta Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center
Your Emergency & Specialty Veterinarian in Fayetteville Georgia
Call us at (770) 460-8166

The SAVES Center is a specialty referral and emergency practice in support of your family veterinarian. Our goal is to provide your pet with the highest quality specialty and emergency services using state-of-the-art medical equipment and the most current diagnostic and surgical techniques.

We understand and appreciate the love you have for your family pet. We are here as an extension of your referring veterinarian and have a genuine desire to meet all of your pet’s specialty and emergency needs. We are committed to serving you and appreciate your trust and confidence.

If you’re a first time client, please be sure to check out our Pet Owners section for valuable information and time saving forms. If you are a referring clinic, please be sure to download our referral form ahead of time. It’s located HERE. And if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free call us. We will respond promptly and courteously.


We are a shareholder owned facility, with 38 veterinarians and their private hospitals counting on us to care for their patients and their families. The year 2016 is a banner year for our emergency clinic. Our shareholders made a decision to expand our business into a much-needed Emergency AND Specialty Center. This necessitated the building of a new facility, located just one mile west of our original facility at 1090 Highway 54 East, Fayetteville, GA 30214.

This 13,500 square foot building will house five departments…Emergency and Critical Care, Surgery, Internal Medicine, Ophthalmology, and Radiology. Our radiology department will include Direct Digital Radiography, CT Scanner, and Ultrasound. Explore our website to discover all of our new services.

Fayetteville Veterinarian | South Atlanta Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center | (770) 460-8166

1090 Highway 54 East
Fayetteville, Georgia 30214

Highlighting Our Team

  • Dr. Johnson
    Emergency Veterinarian

    Dr. Chris Johnson attended undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri. In 1994, he graduated from veterinary school. He moved to Atlanta in 1995 and has practiced as a day practitioner and emergency clinician. He has been married for 19 years and has three children. Dr. Johnson enjoys running and racquetball, and his hobbies include collecting action figures, and enjoying show tunes.

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  • Dakota
    Veterinary Assistant

    Dakota graduated from Florida State University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. She has years of experience working with everything from wildlife to marine mammals to exotic animals. Her passion has always been in the rescue field so after graduation, she worked as a keeper at a rescue sanctuary in Texas for big cats and bears. She finally decided she wanted to move to Georgia, a state she has always loved, and started as a veterinary technician at an animal hospital before coming to SAVES. She doesn’t have any animals of her own to take care of at home so in her free time, she enjoys traveling, riding horses, and just spending time in the great outdoors!

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  • Vonnie
    Registered Veterinary Technician

    Vonnie began her career in veterinary medicine in 1979. She became registered in 2007, and has continued in her career with a true heart. She loves her cases as much today as she did the first day she walked in the doors of an animal hospital. She has a special talent with fearful or anxious patients, having a calming effect on them. This allows them to be treated without stress. She loves goats as well as her 9 year old pit bull named Keepher.

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Emergency - OPEN 24/7

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Read What Our Clients Say

  • "We had a scary but very wonderful experience with this facility. Our female Pitbull who is already paralyzed on her back end was attacked by one of her brothers a couple weeks back. We had to take an on call Vet in Warner Robins, Ga who stabilized her and then prompted us to take her to the Emergency Clinic in Fayetteville. Dr. Johnson was very thorough and understanding. We didnt arrive to the Clinic until 2a, and his presence alone was calming. He had checked her out and was ready to take action if he needed to. Everyone at the clinic was amazing and we send the highest of praises to you all and the work you do. Our sweet girl is now healing after a great deal of work from your emergency clinic and her primary Vet, Dr. Hilliard. You all are hers and our animal heroes!""
    Emily Grace
  • ""This is very new (2016) so it's nice and clean. More importantly, it was purpose built from the ground up, not refurbished, up so the layout is well designed for its purpose.
    The people were all nice and and caring. As this is all referral from other Vets it is all sicker than normal animals but there is a sense of calmness that helps with the nerves.
    Dr. Smith was terrific. She sat down with me like she had nothing else to do that day and however long it took to make sure I understood my dog's condition and the options available was important time. I truly felt I was making an informed decision.
    I walked in there a nervous wreck. I walked out feeling much better knowing my dog is in good hands.""
    Ron M.

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