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About Us

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Opened in May of 2003, we have happily served Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties for over a decade. We are a small animal clinic that sees dogs, cats, and now exotics. We provide a wide variety of services:  annual exams, in-house lab work, spay & neuter, ultrasound, digital radiograph, dental cleanings, routine surgery, vaccines, and grooming - just to name a few.  Our experienced veterinarians and staff pride themselves on providing exceptional care. Our patients are our top priority.

Meet The Docs

Dr. Laura Thomas

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Meet Dr. Thomas:

"I am a 1988 graduate of Emory University and a 1993 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia. At work, I enjoy surgery and behavior management cases. In my off time I like to ride horses, read and travel. I live in Oxford with one human child, 2 dogs, 4 cats, 3 horses, one bird and our fish."

Dr. Shayla Amis

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Meet Dr. Amis:

"I have worked at Wellspring Animal Hospital for 11 years. I graduated from University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. I have always had a passion for veterinary medicine since I was eight years old. I have 2 cats and a dog. Their names are Lincoln, Kennedy and McDreamy. I look forward to taking care of your pets. "

Dr. Rachel Foy

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Meet Dr. Foy: 

"I received my B.S. in Avian Biology from the University of Georgia, and my Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Lincoln Memorial University.  Aside from dogs and cats, my passion is exotic pet medicine, including birds, reptiles, and all other small mammals.  In my free time, I enjoy running, spending time with my yellow lab named Marley, and traveling to South Africa for volunteer work with the local wildlife."

Meet Our Staff

Carrie Eldridge-Office Manager

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Meet: Carrie

"I started working at Wellspring Animal Hospital when I was 16 as a kennel tech and an assistant. I have known Dr. Thomas for many years and have always loved the staff at Wellspring. I have my Bachelor's degree from Georgia Southern.  I am also married and have a two year old little girl named Cameron. I have always had a passion for animals, and that is why I have three dogs and two cats. Lola Monroe is my boykin spaniel that is my baby, and O'Malley my alley cat is my trouble maker!"

Bri George-Receptionist

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  Meet Bri:

 "My name is Brianne, but I go by Bri, I work up front as a receptionist. I have worked at Wellspring since March 2019. I worked in a Vet's office while I was in college but took time off from working to be at home with my 2 children. When I was ready to go back to work I heard that Dr. Thomas was looking for someone to help up front, so I jumped at the chance to work in a vet office again. On my time off I am normally at the ball park watching my son play baseball."

Julia Kuni- Receptionist

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Meet Julia:

"My love affair with animals began as a child and I have always had a number of dogs, cats, and horses in my life. I graduated from Berry College with a degree in Animal Science. I am a long time client at Wellspring Animal Hospital and have been an employee since fall 2014. I am married and have an adventure loving son. Outside of work, I enjoy showing my Labrador Retrievers." 


"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole." - Roger Caras

Sue Ray- Receptionist

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Meet Sue:

"I have been in the veterinary field for over 40 years and have worked in many aspects of the hospital. I have had many dogs, cats, horses, chickens and even a rat! I have been at Wellspring since January 2015 and have known Dr. Thomas for 15 years. My favorite things are reading a good book and spending time with my Grandchildren."

Valerie Wilson- Receptionist

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Meet Valerie:

"Retiring from General Motors after 30 years, I was looking for something to do, something other than housework. I started at Wellspring Animal Hospital in March of 2010. When I married many years ago my husband said no pets and no children. So, after one child and many dogs and cats, my husband is still around after 38 years."

Hunter Campbell- Assistant

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Meet Hunter:

"I'm Hunter, also known as the cat expert. Ever since I was a young boy, I have been drawn to animals. They too have been drawn to me. I enjoy doing emergency medicine. You may recognize me from my time working at our local emergency clinic, East Metro Animal Emergency. One thing I would love to do one day would be to open a wolf sanctuary. When I'm not working, I really like going on adventures with my Australian Shepards. We do everything from hiking trails and going to parks to dock diving."

"A dog judges others not by their color or creed or class but by who they are on the inside." - John Grogan

Kristina Craig- Assistant

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                    Meet Kristina:

"I have been a client of Wellspring for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I said one day I would work there. In August 2017 that came true. I am currently enrolled to become a registered technician. I have always had an overwhelming passion for animals, especially (but not limited to) horses and dogs. When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my husband and our two children. Whether it's relaxing in front of the T.V. or adventuring the outdoors. I currently own one dog- Emma. My beautiful mutt."

"They may be the purest example of divine love in an earthly soul many of us ever experience." -Jennifer Skiff

Samantha Lyon- Assistant

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Meet Sam:

"My name is Samantha Lyon; I am one of the assistants. I came to Wellspring Animal Hospital October 2017. I was born in Los Angeles, California and moved to Georgia in 2005. I have 2 dogs, one hamster and a husband. My dog's names are Turbo, Olive. Turbo and Olive are both Dachshunds. My hamsters name is Hammy.  I am currently in school to be a Veterinarian and/or a Zoologist. I have a huge passion for animals and always have since I was a young girl. I started at wellspring as a kennel technician, where I got to meet a lot of the pets, now I get to care for your little ones! It's such an amazing, fun job."

Barbara Mitchell- Assistant

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Meet Barbara:

"Animals have filled my heart my whole life. I began working with Dr. Thomas in 1996. Later, when she opened Wellspring Animal Hospital I began working Saturday's and filled in during school holidays. I'm still around on Saturday's and occasionally on other days. I am a teacher at General Ray Davis Middle School in Rockdale County. I've taught a variety of enrichment camps, including Dog Camp for many years. I have one daughter Megan, she is married and lives in California. I'm recently married to Kevin Matthews. When I can find an extra minute or dollar I love traveling. I plan to retire to Scotland with Dr. Thomas one day."

Anna Smith- Assistant

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Meet Anna:

"Hello! My name is Anna Smith, and I joined the Wellspring Animal Hospital staff in September 2019. I am new to the veterinary field, but I absolutely love it. I enjoy meeting all the furry friends and also the exotic critters. I have a 1 1/2 year old German Shepherd named Ruby. In my free time I enjoy soccer and shopping. I look forward to meeting and taking care of your furry friends. "