About Us

Dr. Elizabeth Mackey

Originally from Walterboro, SC, Dr. Mackey graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1986 and taught biology and physical sciences. She became actively involved in wildlife rehabilitation, and ultimately became a full-time rehabilitator until moving to GA in 1999. She graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia in 2006, and completed a one year internship at UGA in Exotic, Wildlife and Zoological Medicine. Dr. Mackey resides with her husband, Kelly, at their farm in Watkinsville, which is home to their numerous pets: horses, goats, dogs, cats, parrots, reptiles…let’s just say she doesn’t have a cow! 


Whitney Watchorn

Whitney is originally from Wisconsin, but moved to Eatonton, Georgia in 1997. She joined the Air Force in 2009 where she worked as a vehicle mechanic. She went to tech school at Port Hueneme in Oxnard, California. She was stationed in Aviano, Italy for two years and then Cheyenne, Wyoming for three years where she was honorably discharged in 2015. In 2015 Whitney became a certified dog trainer through Animal Behavior College. Whitney moved to Athens, GA in 2017. Currently she attends Athens Tech and will be applying to the Vet Tech program this year. She has one daughter, Rayne, and two blue healer mixes, Chance and Cooper.

Amber Kelly

Amber is in her senior year of the veterinary technology program at Athens Technical College. In addition to her experiences at school, Amber has had several unique opportunities working directly with exotic animals and wildlife. She owns a Green Cheek Conure named Nigel and a Pomeranian named Miffy. On her weekends off, Amber likes to spend time in Augusta with her parents and two brothers.  

Caitlyn Higginbotham

Caitlyn is a second year honors student at the University of Georgia, and is double majoring in Animal Science and Fisheries.  She has ridden horses for seven years, and is a a member of the UGA IHSA Club Equestrian Team.  She is also an active member of the UGA Pre-Vet Club.  She has been working at Sycamore since April, and  loves getting to know the owners and patients!  She plans to go to vet school after  graduation and become a veterinarian.



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