Roswell, GA Emergency Veterinarians

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Byron Hawkins, DVM

Veterinarian, Practice Co-owner

Dr. Hawkins began working at Animal Emergency Center of North Fulton in 2002. He attended the University of Georgia, and earned his Bachelor of Science in Zoology in 1979. He went on to attend University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, where he graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, cum laude, in 1984.

Some of Dr. Hawkin's professional interests include emergency medicine and surgery. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society.

Dr. Hawkins grew up in Augusta, Georgia. At home, he has two cats named Spot and Finn, and lives with his spouse, Barry. Outside of work, he enjoys traveling, gardening, reading and watching movies.

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Gerald P. FitzGerald, DVM

Veterinarian, Practice Co-owner

Dr. Gerald FitzGerald joined the Animal Emergency Center of North Fulton in March 2002. Born in San Diego, Calif., he and his family moved often before finally settling in Roswell, Georgia during his sophomore year in High School. Since he was 7 years old, Dr. FitzGerald knew he wanted to become a veterinarian.

During his junior year of high school, Dr. FitzGerald took part in the explorer scouts program and was given an opportunity to watch a cat spay surgery at a local animal hospital. He took a job at the hospital when he discovered they were hiring. Dr. FitzGerald worked for the hospital throughout high school and during vacations while in college and veterinary school.

After high school, Dr. FitzGerald attended the University of Georgia where he studied animal science. He was admitted to veterinary school after three years of undergraduate course work and received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture after completing his first year of veterinary school. Dr. FitzGerald graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993 with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.

After graduation, Dr. FitzGerald completed a 13-month internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. Upon completing the internship in August 1994, he was hired by Dr. Byron Hawkins, who was then the medical director of another emergency clinic in the Metro Atlanta area.

Dr. FitzGerald's professional interests include emergency and critical care. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society.

"I enjoy emergency medicine because you never know what is going to come in next," Dr. FitzGerald says. "It may be a dog with an ear infection or a dog that has just been hit by a car and has life threatening injuries. I enjoy using what I have learned in school as well as my many years of experience to diagnose a problem and come up with a treatment plan to help the animal."

At home, Dr. FitzGerald has a black lab rescue named Kaiser who is a fully-trained and certified service dog for his son, Kevin, who has autism. Dr. FitzGerald also shares his home with three other rescues, Buster, a black lab mix, Lily, a medium sized mixed breed dog, and Ruby, a beagle mix.

Dr. FitzGerald is married to Sara, director of sales at GE Healthcare Life Sciences. They have two sons, Kevin and Stephen. He describes himself as a family man and enjoys watching Stephen play baseball and football. As a family, they enjoy watching the Atlanta Braves, the Gwinnett Braves, and college football. They also like boating on Lake Lanier, and snorkeling on their beach vacations. In his free time, Dr. FitzGerald volunteers at a horse barn to lead horses for students at Kevin's school for children with autism.

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Ashley Owens, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Owens joined the Animal Emergency Center of North Fulton in July 2002. Born in Lynchburg, Va., she and her family moved to Richmond when she was 7 years old. Dr. Owens was inspired to become a veterinarian as a child when her family's elderly German shepherd had to be humanely euthanized. The veterinarian, Dr. Jaeger, explained the process and later showed her around the clinic during future visits, never shying away from any questions she might have had for him.

"Between Dr. Jaeger and my grandmother introducing me to the James Herriot novels, I knew by the age of 7 that I wanted to be a veterinarian," Dr. Owens says.

When she was 15, Dr. Owens got her start in the animal-care field at a local boarding kennel. She started as a pet sitter and eventually became a kennel worker and dog groomer. After serving in the Army, Dr. Owens became a full-time veterinary assistant while studying toward her bachelor's degree. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University and Lynchburg College before receiving early admission into veterinary school. Dr. Owens graduated with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech in 1998.

"I have always practiced emergency medicine because I enjoy the challenges, the fast pace and never knowing what's going to walk through the door," Dr. Owens says. "I enjoy the challenge of figuring out difficult cases in patients that can't talk to us and tell us where they hurt or what they are feeling. I like being the voice and advocate for my patients and advising owners on the best options for healing their pets."

Dr. Owens is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. At home, she has a 1-year-old Boston terrier mix named Oscar, a 2-year-old brother and sister pair of cats named Jay-Z and Beyoncé, an 8-year-old cat named Lily, 8-year-old brother and sister Cavalier King Charles Spaniels named Louie and Annie, and a 5-month-old golden retriever named Ryder.

Outside of work, Dr. Owens enjoys camping, traveling, riding her motorcycle and spending time with her three children; 12-year-old Jaeden and 9-year-old twins Kaien and Kaelina. Her partner, Lisa, is a veterinary technician.

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Angie Murphy, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Angela Murphy began working at Animal Emergency Center of North Fulton in 2002. She studied Animal and Dairy Science at the University of Georgia and was admitted to veterinary school with early admittance after three years of undergraduate course work. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001.

Some of Dr. Murphy's professional interests include internal medicine and critical care. “Being able to identify a pet's disease process and then directing care to make them feel better never gets old,” Dr. Murphy says. “It is so nice to see a patient who was ill go home to their owners feeling better, or at least to see those pets feeling more comfortable until they can.” Dr. Murphy’s work history includes practicing on the Emergency and Internal Medicine services at a Florida referral hospital for 4-and-a-half years which required her to fly back and forth between Atlanta and South Florida.

Growing up in Rockville, Maryland, Dr. Murphy was inspired to become a veterinarian by watching the James Herriot PBS series as a child. “From an early age, I had always loved being with animals,” she says. “I rode horses from childhood into adulthood.” At University of Georgia, Dr. Murphy spent time on the campus dairy farm and was also on the Horse Judging Team and the Equestrian Team. She worked at local animal hospitals in the summer months during college and graduate school and volunteered at the Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Virginia while on breaks during her undergraduate years.

At home, Dr. Murphy enjoys gardening, hiking and spending time with her husband Keith and their two young boys. They share their home with Mr. Eddie Spaghetti (Eddie), a yorkie poo rescue. Prior to Eddie and her children, Dr. Murphy had four dogs, mostly rescues from veterinary school; two bassets, a beagle and a coonhound.

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Jeremy Tarlow, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Jeremy Tarlow grew up in Boston's North Shore. He received his undergraduate degree in biology from Brandeis University and then obtained his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1999. Dr. Tarlow completed an internship followed by two years of additional, specialized training in veterinary emergency and critical care medicine at the Animal Emergency Center in Milwaukee.

Dr. Tarlow has practiced emergency and critical care medicine in the Greater Atlanta Area since 2003. He became aware of the severe shortage in the supply of blood products necessary to treat his patients, and in 2011 he founded Best Friends Blood Bank—an animal-blood resource composed of volunteer, community pets joining together to help others. He has three pets himself: a Pitbull named Beantown (“Bean”), a Terrier mix named Sprout, and a British Shorthair cat named “B”njamin, after his rare blood type (B). Dr Tarlow also works for North River Enterprises as a consumer service veterinarian assisting clients of various pet food companies. He also contributes to blogs on drs4pets.com.