Veterinarian in Watkinsville, GA

Southern Hearts Animal Hospital is a small animal general practice hospital. We strive to provide personal and individual care to dogs and cats of all sizes and shapes! We enjoy serving the families of our community. We are located in lovely Watkinsville, Georgia, an amazing community full of history and warmth.

We are locally owned and operated.  There is a current trend of large business corporations buying small privately owned veterinary hospitals.  We believe this takes away from the personal and individual care that we strive for.  This also impacts the local communities economically.  We live in the communities we serve.

As your family veterinarian in Watkinsville, the Southern Hearts Veterinary Hospital strives to offer full-service animal health care for your pet. We are trained and equipped to treat a wide range of injuries and disorders in pets of all ages and breeds. Since it’s always better to prevent illness and disease before they happen, we place a heavy emphasis on preventive veterinary medicine to keep your pet healthy, happy, and active throughout their lives. Here are some of the services we provide.

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Our Mission

We provide personal and individual care for your furry loved ones. Our goal is to help your pet live the happiest and longest life. We would be honored to be part of your pets story!

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This was the best vet experience our dog, Leo, has ever had. It was the first time he ever tried to turn around and go back into the vet building. The Vet and tech did an amazing job making Leo comfortable and keeping him distracted. If I lived in this area, this would definitely be my dog's primary veterinarian.

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Puppy & Kitten Care

Good health starts at the very beginning of your pet’s life journey. Regular checkups, vaccinations, parasite testing and deworming, and spaying and neutering will get them off to a great start. We can also advise you on proper diet, preventing bad behavior, and potty training. Ask about our new Puppy & Kitten Care Information Package.

Senior Pet Care

Just like their human partners, older pets have special health needs and concerns and should visit their veterinarian in Watkinsville more frequently than in their youth. We are very experienced at treating the physical conditions and ailments that pets often face as they age. 

Wellness Care

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is our motto, and we’ll keep your pet healthy through a combination of diagnostic testing, regular physical and dental exams, vaccinations and parasite control, and nutrition and lifestyle management.

Pet Dentistry

Regular dental care is very important for the overall health of your pet. Periodontal disease is common in cats and dogs, and if not treated early the infection can spread throughout the body. Regular dental exams and teeth cleaning will help to keep oral problems at bay.

Surgical Services

We maintain a well-equipped surgical suite and diagnostic lab and can perform surgeries of all types, from minor procedures to major operations. 

Emergency & Urgent Care

When the unexpected happens, you can rest assured that you have a veterinarian in Watkinsville who knows your pet and is available and prepared to provide emergency treatment when you need it. 

Why Choose Southern Hearts Veterinary Hospital?


Personal Care

Southern Hearts Veterinary Hospital prides itself on not only offering compassionate veterinary care, but also care with a personal touch.

We're Family

We treat our pets and pet parents as if they were our own family. When you visit Southern Hearts Veterinary Hospital, you're not just another number or an invoice. You're an important part of our family and our story! We want to be there for your family for the life of your pet from potty training to hospice care.

Not Every Patient Is The Same

We treat all pets and pet parents who come through our doors as the individual that they are. We understand that every pet is different and may require a different method of care, so we do not practice based on a one-size-fits-all approach.

Experienced and Dedicated

Our Veterinarians have a combined experience of over 44 years in the veterinary industry. Whether it be soft-tissue surgeries, x-rays, in-house laboratory work or dental care for your pet, our staff will be sure to take good care of your furry family member.
Frequently Asked Questions


We know that as a pet parents, you will have many questions about your pet’s care. Whether you are a new or existing client, we endeavor to provide that information and ensure that it is always available to you when you need it. We have created a few questions down below that we are often asked by our clients.

What types of animals do you see?

We see the following types of pets:

  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Exotics seen by Dr. Vavlas include, rabbits, ferrets, small rodents, ducks, chickens, lizards, turtles, tortoises, etc…

What are your hours?

Mon – Fri: 8am – 6pm
Sat: 8am – 12pm (Every 1st and 3rd only)
Sun: Closed

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Do you accept emergencies?

We do! During business hours, we accept emergency cases. We do request that you give us a call before you arrive so that we can have our team ready for you once you arrive.

Outside of business hour, we refer out to a couple of local practices that we trust. You can find more information about these locations by clicking the button below.

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What kind of Surgeries / procedures do you perform?

  • Spay, neuter, mass removals, dental cleanings & extractions and an array of soft tissue surgeries. Any further questions about specific surgeries please call!

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