Athens Veterinary Surgery Center was created by Dr. Anita Stampley and Dr. Myron Downs in 1996 as a mobile surgery service in the Athens-Atlanta area. The practice began with a handful of dedicated clinics and has now grown to a full service surgery referral center specializing in general, orthopedic, and spinal surgery for the small animal patient.

Hours of Operation: The clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Patient discharge may also be scheduled from 9:00 am to 11:00 am on Saturdays.

Appointments: Appointments are based on a referral by your veterinarian. You may phone the office (706-354-4002) to schedule appointments. Bring all pertinent medical records, such as radiographs (x-rays) and laboratory results. Animals scheduled to be sedated or anesthetized will need to be fasted the night before. Please remove food by 12:00 midnight and water by 7:00 am. Bring a carrier or leash to restrain your pet in the waiting room. Information about dining, lodging, and other points of interest in Athens are available upon your arrival.

Payment Policy: Payment is expected upon completion of outpatient services. In the event that your pet needs hospitalization, you will need to leave a deposit.The initial deposit will include the office visit plus half the estimated cost of treatment. The balance is due upon completion of services. Cash, major credit cards, and personal check with proper identification are accepted.

Hospitalization: Outpatient surgery is available for some patients. The staff surgeons will determine if your pet will require overnight hospitalization. Occasionally, critically ill patients are hospitalized overnight at the Animal Emergency Hospital in Watkinsville, GA. Transportation to and from this facility is available.

Communication: Every effort will be made to update you on your pet's status while at our facility. Please feel free to call to obtain status reports. Keep in mind that your doctor may be in surgery at the time you call. Your doctor or a staff member will be happy to update you on the status of your pet.

Follow-up Visits: You will be given written instructions concerning aftercare following your visit. We recommend that you return for all of your scheduled appointments so that we may evaluate your pet's progress following surgery. These visits are important so that we can assess healing and determine when it is appropriate to let your pet resume normal activity.