Vernon Woods Animal Hospital

Full Service Animal Hospital

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Vernon Woods Animal Hospital is a full service animal hospital providing a full range of medical services, including soft-tissue, orthopedic and oral surgery, preventative dental care, dental x-rays, chemotherapy, and ultrasound.

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Jay M. Empel, DVM | Andrew M. Empel, DVM Phone: (404) 252-1641 | Fax: (404) 252-7401 | Other Locations


  • Mon-Fri: 7:30am to 6:00pm
  • Sat: 7:30am to 12:30pm
  • Sunday - Closed

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If you have any questions, call (404) 252-1641 during our office hours.


American Animal Hospital AssociationVernon Woods Animal Hospital was established in 1973. We have been an accredited member of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) since 1984.

AAHA sets high standards for veterinary care so only a small percentage of animal hospitals are able to achieve accreditation. To maintain our status, we are routinely evaluated to make sure that our facilities, equipment and protocols are of the highest quality.

We have eight veterinarians on staff and offer a complete range of services—medical, surgical, boarding, and grooming.

Our Services

As a state-of-the-art animal hospital, we offer the full spectrum of preventive care, advanced care, and emergency care.

Preventative Care

Preventative health care and early detection of problems is the best way to treat disease. The time and effort devoted to wellness programs is beneficial to both owners and pets.

Physical Exams

We recommend that your pet have a complete physical exam every six months to one year to look for early signs of disease along with vaccinations and annual screening for intestinal parasites and heartworms. We emphasize affordable blood screening panels to ensure a pet's health. Remember: Pets age much faster than people!!! A year between physical exams in dogs is like a person waiting 7 years between exams. A lot can change in that amount of time!

Dental Care

Approximately 85% of dogs and cats suffer from some degree of dental disease. Proper dental care will increase your pet's quality of life. A dental prevents your pet from losing teeth, having a painful mouth, having difficulty eating, and developing bad breath. It can also help prevent bacterial infections in the heart and kidneys. We can also provide more complicated procedures, such as oral surgery, if your pet needs more advanced care. We also offer digitally-produced dental x-rays. These allow early detection of problems with the teeth and surrounding bone that would otherwise be undetected.


In general, we recommend sterilization for pets that are not intended to be used for breeding. Pets should have finished their puppy/kitten vaccines before scheduling surgery. We generally like pets to be between 6 and 9 months old but this can vary depending on the pet. Pets adopted from the Humane Society or another animal shelter, with proper paperwork, can be sterilized for a discount.

Behavior Counseling

We recognize that not all pets are perfect. If you are having a behavior problem with your pet, please let us know so that we can help. You don't have to live with bad behavior-it can often be changed with proper training and a little help understanding the dog/cat mind. We can provide behavior-altering medications and/or names of local trainers who can give one on one attention for your pet.

Diagnostic Testing

Our state-of-the-art in-house laboratory enables us to perform routine diagnostics and advanced blood work instantly. Radiographs (x-rays) can be taken and interpreted in under an hour to ensure that your pet receives timely treatment. We also have the ability and expertise to provide more advanced diagnostics such as abdominal and thoracic ultrasound, echocardiography (ECHO), ECG and blood pressure monitoring.


We pledge to do our best to protect your pet against contagious diseases by tailoring vaccination protocols to your pet's needs. We can also run blood titers to determine whether your pet already has adequate protection prior to vaccinating for a particular disease.


We can provide you with all of your pet's pharmacological needs with very little waiting time for refills. Refill requests can be made over the phone or via e-mail (Please see contact us section).


We recommend microchipping for all pets. We implant the Home Again Microchip, which is a small informational chip placed under the skin. The Home Again Microchip has helped return over 300,000 pets to their owners.

Nutrition Counseling

We can prescribe special diets to treat skin, liver, kidney, heart and intestinal diseases. If weight is a concern we will create a weight-loss program to help your pet reach his/her ideal body weight.

House Calls

Under special circumstances we will make house calls. Contact us for more information.


Saying good-bye to a long-time friend is painful. We work with owners to ensure that their pets have comfort and dignity in their final moments.

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