Don’t let the accent—or the lack of one—fool you! Dr. Jeff Legato was born in Georgia and grew up in the Athens area. His original degree was in geology, which was kinda-sorta-maybe used while he worked at a research lab for 15 years. During that time, he began riding and showing horses. This led to his decision to switch careers, so he started veterinary school at the (gulp!) age of 40! After graduating from the University of Georgia at Athens in 2005 and doing an internship in Sunset, LA, he was an equine vet in Greenville, NC until 2008. He moved his family back to Georgia in 2009 and spent two years doing relief work until a full-time position opened in Norcross, GA. After seven years he was given the opportunity to have his own practice close to home, and he’s now happy to be the owner of Sycamore Veterinary Services, where he is a USDA-accredited veterinarian offering small animal, livestock and equine veterinary care. Dr. Legato and his wife Shelly have a daughter (Stefanie) and a granddaughter (Heidi), as well as two cats named Odin and Luna and two dogs named Dahlia and Ginger.