Dr. Rebecca Babcock
Dr. Babcock is a 1990 graduate of North Hall High School, a 1994 graduate of The University of Georgia College of Agriculture, and a 1998 graduate of The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. After veterinary school, Dr. Babcock practiced medicine at a mixed animal hospital in South Carolina, then several small animal hospitals in North Georgia. She has treated many species including: horses, cows, pot belly pigs, goats, llamas, hamsters, rabbits, and of course, dogs and cats. Although now seeing mostly small animals, Dr. Babcock has a special interest in family oriented medicine, preventative medicine, reproductive procedures, and orthopedic surgery. Dr. Babcock is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association. She has written an article that was published in The Veterinary Medicine Forum. In 2011, Dr. Babcock founded Red Barn Veterinary Hospital, which has been named Business of the Year by the Dahlonega Chamber of Commerce, as well as, been named to the Bulldog 100 list of fastest growing businesses owned by a UGA graduate.
In her free time, Dr. Babcock enjoys caring for her personal pets, riding horses, and running marathons. She has qualified for the Boston Marathon 6 times and just recently ran again here in 2021 placing well in her age group! She was third in her age group at the 2016 Savannah Marathon.
Dr. Karen Donovan
Dr. Donovan graduated from the University of Georgia of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. Karen has extensive experience caring for both large and small animals and has practiced veterinary medicine in the North Georgia area for several years. Karen's primary interest is in small animal medicine and surgery, and in addition, she has extensive up to date continuing education in both feline and canine health care. Dr. Donovan has 6 cats, a fox red labrador named Striker and two horses, Amy and Big Jake.
Dr. Ella Scholz
Dr. Scholz graduated from Oconee County High School. She then earned her BS in genetics from the University of Georgia. Dr. Scholz went on to earn her Masters from Emory in genetics, ethics, and anthropology. She later earned her degree in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia graduating in 1992. She has been a practicing veterinarian for the last 20 plus years in North Georgia. Hopefully practice makes perfect! She lives in Murrayville with her husband Bill. She has one son and daughter in-law. Dr. Scholz has three dogs and five cats, all which are rescues. Her current interest is in small animal medicine, surgery, ophthalmology, and pain management.
Dr. Cortney Kangas
Dr. Kangas grew up traveling the country as a military child before joining the United States Marine Corps herself. She served The United States of America for eight years and upon receiving her honorable discharge she returned to school to pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She is a 2011 graduate of Jacksonville State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a 2015 graduate from Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Kangas lives in Dahlonega with her husband Jeremiah, son Elijah, her dog, three cats, a flock of chickens and three horses.
During her time off she enjoys being with her family, working on her small farm, camping, kayaking and horseback riding.
Dr. Kangas has a special interest in small animal medicine, acupuncture and preventative medicine. She is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. She recently starting studying Acupuncture and is receiving her certification. She is excited to offer this specialized service to your pets!
Dr. Casey Fitzner
Dr. Fitzner had the dream of becoming a veterinarian since she was two years old. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2012 with bachelor’s degrees in Avian Biology and Biological Sciences. She attended St. George’s University College of Veterinary Medicine in Grenada and completed her clinical rotations at Auburn University in January 2018. Her interests include preventative care, exotic pet husbandry, surgery, neurology, and emergency.
Dr. Fitzner and her husband just introduced their son Liam into the world in October of 2021. At their home they have their two dogs Cadwin (a Chiweenie) and Marky (a special needs Chihuahua/Pekinese mix). In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities, botany, traveling, cooking, and playing her guitar.