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Your 24-Hour Emergency Vet in Atlanta, GA
Our expert emergency vets here at The Village Vets 24-Hour Emergency in Atlanta are available all day, every day (including holidays) to provide emergency or urgent care to your pet. We’re the only AAHA-accredited emergency vet in the state of Georgia, using advanced technology and treatments to help dogs and cats in various emergency situations. Our hospital is conveniently located at 217 N. McDonough Street, across from Decatur High School. We have the same prices day or night.
Is It an Emergency?
Not sure if your pet is really having an emergency? Look for these signs.
Your pet could be having trouble breathing, or they might be experiencing a heart condition. The only way to know for sure is to contact our emergency vets.
Heatstroke is often characterized by heavy panting, drooling, and fever. Don’t attempt to cool your pet down yourself or give them ice-cold water--call us immediately.
Trembling, muscle twitching, weakness in the hind legs, and heavy salivation are all signs commonly associated with a snake bite.
A hard, distended abdomen could be a sign of gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV). Typically known as bloat, this is a life-threatening condition where the stomach fills up with gas or fluid and becomes twisted.
Your pet may have ingested something highly toxic, or they swallowed a foreign object they can’t digest. Excessive vomiting can quickly dehydrate your pet, so don’t hesitate to call us.
If you’ve noticed that your pet has not been urinating over the last couple of days, they could have a blockage. Male cats tend to have this problem, and it can be fatal.
Meet Our Emergency Vets in Atlanta
We know how much your pet means to you, and that you would do everything possible to help them. So will our vets! Meet the talented team that works around the clock to keep the Decatur community’s pets safe and sound.
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Neal earned a degree in animal science from Alcorn State University in Mississippi before receiving his veterinary doctorate from Tuskegee University in Alabama in 2004. He practiced small animal general practice and emergency medicine in Las Vegas, Nevada before relocating to Atlanta. Dr. Neal's professional passion is small animal emergency and critical care medicine.
Dr. Hand was born and raised in Texas, where she attended Texas A&M University for her undergraduate degree. She received her DVM from Auburn University in 2019 and then moved to Atlanta to join The Village Vets team. Dr. Hand’s professional interests include emergency medicine and surgery.
Dr. Hines is a native of Columbus, Georgia. After completing her bachelor's degree in animal science at Tuskegee University, she went on to pursue a DVM from Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating in 2019, Dr. Hines completed an internship at a referral and emergency hospital in Texas.
Dr. Robert “Trey” Cotton III is an Atlanta, GA native. He attended Tuskegee University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in animal science, and in 2017 received his DVM from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. After vet school he completed a small animal rotating internship at IndyVet Emergency and Specialty Hospital in Indianapolis, IN followed by an avian/exotic specialty internship at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, TX. Dr. Cotton then moved back to Atlanta to practice small animal emergency medicine and avian/exotic animal medicine.
Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Morgan went on to receive a degree in animal science from the University of Kentucky (GO CATS), where she was a member of the Wildcats volleyball squad. After earning her DVM from Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2019, she began a one-year internship at a veterinary referral and emergency hospital in Texas. Small animal emergency/critical care and surgery are her professional interests.
Dr. Prather is originally from Orlando, Florida. She earned both her bachelor's degree and her DVM from Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation in 2003, she worked in emergency medicine for 2 years, before joining our team. Her special interests in veterinary medicine include surgery, emergency care, and working with shelter and rescue pets.
Dr. Atuan attended the University of Georgia where he received his bachelor's degrees in Animal Health and Animal Science before continuing his education at the University of Georgia's College of Veterinary Medicine. During his seven years at UGA, Dr. Atuan also played for and assisted coaching the UGA Rugby Football Club.
Dr. McKinney grew up in Fairfax, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, DC. She completed her undergraduate studies in biology and psychology at the University of Virginia, and graduated from Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. Immediately after graduation, she joined a small animal general practice in Spartanburg, SC and settled in Atlanta in early 2020. Her special interests in veterinary medicine include soft tissue surgery, emergency medicine, and working with geriatric animals.
Dr. McKinney and her husband, Chico, live in Clarkston with their 5 dogs (mostly beagles) and 2 cats. In her spare time Dr. McKinney enjoys hiking with her hounds, working out, and spending time with family at the beach.
Emergency medicine is fast-paced and challenging. If you’re looking for a career in the emergency vet field, see our latest job listings and apply for a position with us!