Our Team

The friendly, professional staff at VCA Animal Hospitals 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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paw Team Spotlight
Mark Helvie
DVM Medical Director
Dr. Mark Helvie and his wife, Kimberly, moved to Dahlonega in 2000. Dr. Mark has been at VCA Dahlonega Animal Hospital since 2004 and is currently the Medical Director. Dr. Helvie also serves on the St. Luke's Parish Council and was on the Board for No One Alone Domestic Violence Shelter for 10 years. In his down time, you will usually find Dr. Helvie sitting at the kitchen table playing board games with his family and friends. Mark and Kim have five daughters and recently lost their daughter, Meng, at the age of 15 to cancer. In her memory, he supports the Georgia branch of Make A Wish Foundation. Also at home ...
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Melissa J.
Elite Fear Free Certified Professional, Cat Friendly Advocate Hospital Manager

Melissa is our hospital manager and an Elite Fear Free Certified Professional and Cat Friendly Advocate, who joined our team in 2016. 

When not at work, Melissa enjoys watching baseball (Go Braves!), volunteering, visiting museums and other historical sites with her husband, and watching The Office – which is where her cat, Creed, got his name. 

She has three dogs, Thor, Mitzy Chewbarka, and Forest, and five cats, Wellington, Bruce, Creed Catton, Peep, and Mars, and plans to get goats as soon as she can talk her husband into it. She's been attempting to talk him into getting goats for the last five y...

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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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