WAYNE ZUVERS, DVM MEDICAL DIRECTOR
Wayne Zuvers, DVM, is a 1999 graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agribusiness and Environmental Resources from Arizona State University. Prior to veterinary school, he served as a Public Health Chemist for the State of Arizona. He has been practicing for 19 years with ten years of experience in emergency and critical care. He completed ten years in emergency and critical care in Phoenix, Arizona (as practice manager for Blue Pearl Veterinary Emergency) and another two years in Chattanooga at the Regional Institute for Veterinary Emergency and Referral (RIVER) under the direction of many board certified criticalists and specialists at each facility. Dr. Zuvers also has experience in day practice having fulfilled another seven years in the private sector. He worked for the City of Surprise Fire Department in Crisis Response on his off days. He and his wife Amy, have six children and are proud owners of a feisty Great Dane named Millie! He enjoys horseback riding, hiking and movies on his off days and is an avid collector of Al Hirschfield lithographs.
ROBERT JEREMY DEATON, DVM, D-ABMDI, AL-LFD
Robert Jeremy Deaton, DVM, D-ABMDI, AL-LFD, attended Auburn University where he received his Bachelors of Science and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. He is currently working towards getting his Masters of Science through the University of Florida. After several years of private practice, Dr. Deaton is the founder of the Surgery Center of Deaton Veterinary Services, LLC, and works with many non profit organizations for both humans and animals. He is an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, and he is the Cherokee County Coroner. His daughter and foster boys are the light of his life! He enjoys working in emergency medicine because you never know what is going to come through the door next. Dr. Deaton has a rescue Jack Russell Terrier, PJ, a Blue Heeler, Tanga Wanga Krauthamer, a Golden Retreiver, Sophie Dofie, two Chiahuahuas, Skippy John Jones and Job, and a mix named Puppy Dog!
PHYLLIS RICHARDSON, DVM
Phyllis Richardson, DVM, attended Tougaloo College in Missouri where she received her Bachelor of Biology. She received her Doctrine of Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine in Tuskegee, Alabama. Dr. Richardson began working at NWGVEC in August of 2018 and enjoys the fast pace of working in emergency environment. While she can be very serious, she loves to laugh and knows sometimes you just have to laugh! She is one out of seven siblings and has three fur babies at home. Her house includes Michelle Renee (aka Shellie, Shellie-Shell, Shell-muffin, Shell-Muffinator, Shellie-Bear, Big Shell) a 5 year old Chihuahua-Beagle Mix, Snoopy (aka Snooty-Snoot) an 8 year old Chihuahua, and Vixen, a 7 year old step-Doberman.
SAVANNAH LANDRUM, DVM
Savannah Landrum, DVM, was born and raised in Georgia. She earned a bachelor's degree in Animal Science at the University of Georgia then went on to graduate from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Before joining Nothwest Georgia Veterinary Emergency Center she worked in general practice doing mixed animal/emergency then transitioned to small animal medicine. One of the reasons why Dr. Landrum enjoys ER medicine is to assist families in stressful situations to help save their 4 legged family members. When not working she enjoys spending time with her family and animals (4 dogs, 3 goats and 2 donkeys) . You can find her cheering on the GA Bulldawgs during football season as well as the Atlanta Braves. She also enjoys outdoor activities and going to the beach.
HEAD VETERINARY TECHNICIAN
Desiree’ knew at an early age she wanted to dedicate her life to animals. While attending the University of Tennessee at Martin, she was able to shadow at a small hometown clinic and learn about veterinary technicians and learn what they do. That led her to quickly switch her major and never look back! The career is tough, but so rewarding. Her love for animals doesn’t just stop at her workplace; she has several fur (and not furry) babies at home. Houdini, a male tabby cat, actually came from her first day shadowing in a clinic. He was the ultimate “foster fail” after bottle feeding him night after night after his mom was killed, there was no way he was going anywhere else. She also has Rebel, also a male tabby cat, Lucky, a Lab mix rescue, and an axolotl and leopard gecko. Outside of work and loving on animals, Desiree enjoys art, playing guitar, video games and hiking.
While Ashley enjoys working with animals in general, she loves the fast paced enviroment of veterinary emergency care. She joined NWGVEC in Summer of 2018. Emergency care truly makes every day interesting, bringing different patients and different cases. Fun fact about Ashley… she’s allergic to cats! Better yet, she is the proud fur mom to three long haired Siamese cats! Daryl, Stormy and Ari are worth having to take a Zyrtec every single day. Outside of work Ashley likes to watch sports (Roll Tide), take dance classes, hang out with her nephews, go on cruises and enjoy time with her kitties while she catches up on her favorite TV shows.
Karlee is currently attending Kennesaw State University for her Bachelors in Biology. She joined NWGVEC Summer of 2018 and loves working in an emergency clinic because you never know what will come through the door each night. Each unique case gives an opportunity to learn from the doctors while being able to help each pet get back to feeling better. Outside of work she enjoys taking her dogs for long walks, baking cakes and taking naps! As a Harry Potter fan, she’s definitely a Hufflepuff. If she were a Jedi, she would have a pink lightsaber and she’s a firm believer you can’t go wrong with Captain America and Thor. Her fur babies include: Harper, a Lab Mix; Kobie, a Boxer Mix; Benny, a black cat; Stella, a grey tabby cat; and Pumpkin, a long haired orange tabby cat.
Megan joined NWGVEC Spring of 2019. She enjoys working in an emergency clinic because every night she sees something different-- there’s no “normal” day. When patients have to stay to be monitored, she enjoys really getting to bond and care for not only the fur babies but their owners as well. Megan is married to her best friend (who happens to be a K9 Handler), has two wonderful children and has a house full of puppies! Her house includes: Amats, her husband’s Police K9 German Shepherd; Raven, a female German Shepherd; Wesson, a male German Shepherd; Sophie, a Yorkie-Mix; and Shadow a Shepherd Collie Mix – it’s never dull at her house! In her free time she enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking and pretty much anything involving sports and outdoors. She can even throw a football better than most guys after being the only daughter of four children!
Michelle began working at NWGVEC Summer of 2019. On her very first day working at a clinic, she got to see a hermaphrodite pig! She loves the unexpected! Outside of work she enjoys hiking, kayaking, painting and traveling (she’s been to 44 states and 2 countries so far). Megan has one dog, Duke, a rescue German Shepherd/Lab mix.