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! 

Dr. Heather Fields

Dr. Fields is also from South Carolina, growing up in Spartanburg. She earned a BS in Biology from the University of South Carolina in 1992. She pursued her dream of being a veterinarian by graduating from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. Dr. Fields’ children, Daniel and Rachel, are her pride and joy. She also enjoys her cats, Oscar and Sam. Dr. Fields became certified in acupuncture through the  International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 2011.

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.

Mary Snipes

Mary is a second year student at the University of Georgia, where she is double majoring in Biological Sciences and Animal Science. She has grown up having a passion for working with animals, especially dogs. She has two dogs named Bella and Rudder. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family and cheering on the Georgia football team. She hopes to attend the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine after she finishes her undergraduate work.

Annie Staunton

Annie has lived in Georgia her whole life, growing up in Gwinnett county. She is currently a third year student at the University of North Georgia, majoring in Biology. She has lived in Athens, Georgia for 3 years now, along with her two roommates, their three cats, and her 2 year old Shepherd mix, Lyla. She is pursuing a career in nursing, and will start attending the Piedmont College Nursing School in Summer of 2018. She spends her leisure time hanging out with her friends and family, painting canvases, and taking Lyla to explore the outdoors. She loves working at Sycamore Veterinary Services for the loving animals, engaging experience, and the lasting relationships with Dr. Mackey, Dr. Fields , and co-workers. 

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