Dr. Will Patterson

Veterinarian/ Practice Owner

Dr. Will Patterson was born and raised in Blue Ridge, GA and is beyond excited to become the new owner and veterinarian at Cohutta Animal Clinic. He is proud to be a “double-dawg,” earning both his Bachelors Degree in Biology at the University of Georgia and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in Athens, GA. Dr. Patterson finished his Bachelor’s degree in just three years before starting veterinary school. Following graduation Dr. Patterson knew that the Georgia mountains was where he wanted to be so he packed up and moved back home to Blue Ridge.

While in school, Dr. Patterson had a diverse and comprehensive education where he was able to learn and practice both large and small animal medicine. It was during this training that he developed an affinity for small animal practice as it allowed him to be more interactive with clients and their furry family members. Dr. Patterson’s special interests within the veterinary field include soft tissue surgery, dentistry, and preventative medicine. He practiced in several small animal practices in North Georgia during high school, college, and after veterinary school and can’t wait to continue to serve pets and their families at Cohutta Animal Clinic.

Dr. Patterson’s hobbies and interests outside of veterinary medicine include bee-keeping, raising Hereford cattle, gardening, and most notably Georgia football. Any Saturdays in the fall that you don’t see Dr. Patterson at the clinic, he can most likely be found watching his Dawgs play! Dr. Patterson lives in Blue Ridge with his wife Dr. Grace Murray Patterson, who you’ll also see around the clinic from time to time). They have 3 dogs and 1 cat.

Rachel Williams

Registered Veterinary Technician/ Hospital Administration

Rachel has been a veterinary technician for 17 years. She attended school in Rochester, Minnesota as a student in the Veterinary Technology Program. She received an AAS degree and moved to Florida where she received her veterinary technician certification. While in Florida, she was selected to go to Australia and represent the veterinary technician profession for Rotary. This was a wonderful experience that she will always remember. She has now been in the North Carolina/Georgia area for just over 2 years and is loving it . She has a Shih Tzu named Schatzie, a rescued Shih Tzu named Fritzie, and a cat named Cricket. She is grateful for helping pets and their families along her journey and is looking forward to meeting you and your furry children.

Justin Lee

Veterinary Technician

Justin has been a Vet Tech for over 20 years! He is passionate about his job and loves working with both animals and their humans! When Justin isn’t working, you will most likely find him fishing, hunting, camping or anything outdoors. Justin has two biological children and has a blended family with 3 more! He is very knowledgeable and personable and can help you with all of your pet needs.

Heather Hamby

Registered Veterinary Technician

Heather was born in Austell, GA. She started working in the vet field in June 2011 and graduated as a Registered Veterinary Technician in August 2013. Heather owned her own feline pet sitting business from 2017-2020 and specializes in feline care. Heather worked in an emergency care hospital and recently returned to primary care.

Christy Perry

Veterinary Assistant

Christy Perry grew up in Ellijay, GA and graduated from Gilmer High School. She has one daughter named Paisley and a fiancé. She also has two chihuahuas named Gracie and Goliath and a couple of kitties. Christy has been a veterinary assistant for 4 years. She has always been a passionate person about animal care and health . In her free time Christy enjoys spending time with her daughter and also likes fishing and hunting.

Kim Patterson

Client Care Specialist

Kim is a retired Fannin county educator who enjoys playing with her grandchildren, gardening, and taking care of her 3 dogs and cat. She and her husband live in the Higdon area. They have two children who are both happily married.

Julie Deal

Client Care Specialist

Julie and her husband Scott are the parents of 4 children, 2 dachshunds and a rescue named Buddy. They live in McCaysville on a small farm where they raise angus cattle.