Alison Forrest, DVM
As a child she decided that she wanted to help animals. The decision has never been challenged or usurped by any other career path. Dr. Alison Forrest fulfilled this calling in 2006 when she graduated from the University of Georgia. Knowing her own limitations, she then set out and completed an arduous yearlong internship. During that year she worked on being a compassionate, understanding, and skilled veterinarian. She has a strong interest in surgery and emergency medicine. She believes that a doctor never stops learning and never stops improving, therefore she continues to try and be better every day.
As a youth, Dr. Forrest published poetry in a collective anthology. She enjoys peaceful quiet moments. These days, as the owner, she finds herself working most of the time. When she does get a moment of down time she is at home with her family and chickens.
Jessica Rowell, DVM
Dr. Jessica Rowell received her undergraduate degree from The University of Georgia with a major in Psychology. Following graduation, she rekindled her love for animals and worked as an emergency veterinary technician for several years before making the commitment to realize her early childhood dream and attended veterinary school at The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. While there, she focused on large animal/equine medicine. Following graduation, she left her home state of Georgia to move to Perth, Australia. While there “finding herself”, she practiced medicine on a variety of animals including companion animals, equine/production animals, and even kangaroos, koala bears, wombats, and Tasmanian devils. She returned stateside for the opportunity to complete an internship in equine ambulatory medicine at Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital in Ocala, Florida. Despite the pain of being a diehard UGA football fan in “enemy territory”, she decided to brave the challenges and settle as a Florida resident.
She then practiced all over the state as a relief doctor with a focus on emergency and critical care. After years of travel and much time away from her family/animals, she decided to calm her “gypsy ways” and take a full-time position in our practice. She enjoys working with all animals but hopes to expand our services offered to include acupuncture, herbal therapy, laser therapy, and equine/production animal medicine. She is currently completing her certification in veterinary acupuncture for horses, dogs, and cats. Her current family includes a Scottish fold mix named Otter, a pit bull named Tank, 6 pygmy goats, and a slightly less fur-covered bipedal animal named Shane (fiancé). In addition to veterinary medicine, she enjoys live concerts, traveling, riding horses, college football, playing pool competitively, and tending to her menagerie of animals on her farm in Samsula, Florida.