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Surgery Team


Dr. Andrea Smith, DVM, DACVS-SA


Dr Andrea Smith was inspired to become a veterinary surgeon at an early age while spending time in her grandfather’s veterinary practice and she was most often found observing surgical procedures. Her interest in surgery continued throughout her veterinary education as she elected to pursue a surgical residency. Although she is fully capable and enjoys all types of surgery, she has a special interest in thoracic and reconstructive surgery.

Dr Smith received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the University of Georgia in 2009, and then completed a rotating internship at Purdue University. She then completed a surgical internship at the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center in Dallas, Texas. In 2014 she completed a surgical residency at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, at Davis. In 2015 she became a Board Certified Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons – Small Animal.

Dr Smith is excited to join the SAVES team and for the opportunity to work in the community where she grew up and still considers home. She lived in Peachtree City, Georgia for the majority of her life prior to beginning her journey into veterinary medicine.

Rachel, Registered Veterinary Technician


Rachel began her career in veterinary medicine in 2009 and joined the SAVES center as a surgical technician in 2016. She has a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Fort Valley State University and became a registered veterinary technician in 2012. She continues to further her education by attending conferences and online courses. She is a wife and a mother of two beautiful daughters. Currently she has 2 dogs, a lab mix named Buddy and a shepard mix named Jett, and 2 cats named Gypsy and Turbo. Rachel enjoys going to the lake with her family and spending time outdoors. She will begin working towards her Academy of Veterinary Surgical Technicians certification in late 2016.

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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