Our Team

The friendly, professional staff at VCA Appalachian Animal Hospital is made up of dedicated individuals who have made it their mission to help pets live long, healthy lives. To be true to the mission, the hospital team relies on several individuals, each equally important in helping us deliver the best patient and client experience for both you and your pet. And if things get complicated, we are fortunate to have access to the nation's largest network of VCA veterinarians and board-certified specialists.

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Get to know us. Explore our staff biographies and learn about the people who make our facility an excellent choice for your pet care needs.

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Cynthia Harre
DVM Medical Director

Dr. Harre received her Bachelor's and DVM degree from Mississippi State University, both of which she received in just 7 years.  She joined the VCA family working in Maryland at Three Notch VCA, prior to this she practiced in Virginia for 15 years. We are excited she will be joining our VCA Appalachian family as our newest Medical Director. Dr. Harre enjoys the variety of challenges provided by veterinary medicine, especially dentistry and surgery. She also has a special interest in exotic pets.

Dr. Harre has relocated to Ellijay with her husband, Andy, two of her three children, and a small zoo consisting o...

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Judi Gaddy-Filipiak
Hospital Manager
Judi relocated to VCA Appalachian from Northern Illinois where she spent 30+ years working in veterinary medicine. She has had the opportunity to work in many specialized areas with surgery and ophthalmology being her favorites. She also had several chances to volunteer her time and work with the veterinarians at both Lincoln Park and Brookfield Zoos. Prior to her move to Georgia, Judi was the Inventory and Equipment Manager at VCA Arboretum View Emergency and Specialty Hospital.

Judi currently shares her home with her Catahoula mixes, Ellie Mae and Jethro, her Corgis, Kensington, Wills and Harry, and cats Maggie...
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Our veterinarians are a team of highly trained individuals dedicated to the health and well-being of your pets. Explore our veterinarians' biographies and learn about the individuals who make our hospital an excellent choice for your pet's care.

Veterinarian Support

Our technicians and support team members are all gentle animal lovers who treat your pets with the compassion and respect they deserve. Explore our support team members' biographies and learn about the individuals who make our hospital such a good choice for your pet's care.


The hospital administration team consists of management personnel who oversee all staff members, hospital activities and the facilities. Together, they keep the hospital running smoothly, ensuring quality patient care and excellent client service. From the moment you check in, our administrative staff is here to deliver the best possible experience to you and your pet before, during and after your visit.

Client Services

We are committed to providing the best possible service and our Client Services team loves to exceed pet owner's expectations. Whether it's answering your calls, guiding you and your pet to the exam rooms or checking you in and out quickly, our Client Service representatives and Receptionists are dedicated to providing helpful client and patient support that raises the bar on customer service.

Pet Care Specialists

Just as we emphasize health, we also understand the value of providing a full line of care to our clients, which may include boarding and/or grooming services. Our team of caring and compassionate staff are here to offer your pets exceptional services that keep them feeling and looking their best while you're away.
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Our teams are united in our common purpose of taking care of the future of veterinary medicine.
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