Companion Animal Hospital Doctors



Troy received his Bachelor degree in Chemistry from The University of Indianapolis and his Master’s degree in Animal Behavior and Reproduction from UGA.

In 1995, he graduated from UGA with his degree in Veterinary medicine. He purchased “Country Health Large Animal Vet Services” in Commerce. Troy’s special interests include reproduction, embryo transfer, and orthopedic surgery.



Dr. Denise Weaver is a 1994 graduate of the UGA Veterinary School. She received her zoology degree from the University of Georgia. Dr. Weaver is married to Dr. Troy Pickerel and they have 4 children. She is originally from Sumter, SC. She enjoys swimming, music, reading, and any sport her kids are playing.



Dr. Navarro Torres was born and raised in Puerto Rico.  She obtained her degree in veterinary medicine from Ross University in 2015.  Dr. Navarro is fluent in both English and Spanish and is learning Portuguese.  She enjoys trying new foods and traveling.

Dr. Vanesa Farmer


Dr. Farmer was born and raised in Decatur, Georgia. She obtained her Avian Biology degree from The University of Georgia and went on to receive her doctorate at Auburn University. She loves dermatology and soft tissue surgery as well as meeting and bonding with families in all areas of general practice. When she is not working, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with her husband and daughter.

Companion Animal Hospital Staff


Registered Veterinary Technician

She is a lifelong resident of Madison County
Married to Hansel, has 1 son named Dillion (Dillion owns Wolfbranch
Rerievers, and trains retrievers)
Graduated from Athens Technical College with Associates Degree in 2008
She currently on the advisory board for Veterinary Technician program at
Athens Technical College
Has a menagerie of animals at home that range from dogs, pigs, goats,
horses, chickens, rabbits, and even a gecko
Has worked at Companion since 2008


Veterinary Assistant

Hometown: Bowman, GA, now lives in Athens, GA
Has 1 cat named Henry
Her favorite part of the job is patient care. If your pet is ever staying with us you can be sure she is giving them extra love and attention.
She is an RN, working as an ER nurse at CHOA
She continues to work at Companion on days she is available
Started working at Companion in 2015


Veterinary Assistant

Hometown: Warner Robins, GA

Has 2 extremely cute, fluffy cats named Mister and Junior (Pictured)

She is attending the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, class of 2025.

She continues to work some Holidays and Summer time with Companion

Applying to vet school in 2020

Enjoys hiking and anything to do with music

Has worked at Companion since December 2019


Groomer and Veterinary Assistant

Hometown is Ft. Lauderdale, FL, but she has lived in Athens, GA over 20 years now
Married with 3 children (Bonnie, Masion, and Spencer)
Has 2 dogs, 2 cats, and 2 turtles
Has worked in the veterinary field since 1995, has many years of valuable experience
Has worked at Companion since 2004


Veterinary Assistant

Hometown: Florence, SC

Graduated from University of South Carolina with a double major in Biology and Anthropology

Has 1 dogs, a mixed breed named Cooper.

He is attending the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, class of 2024. Worked at Companion since 2018 and He continues to work some Holidays and Summer time with Companion.


Veterinary Assistant

~Has worked at Companion since 2020
~Hometown: Flowery Branch, GA
~She is a Senior at UGA, majoring in Avian Biology, graduating in Spring 2022
~Currently applying to Vet School at UGA, she plans to practice small animal or avian medicine
~Has 2 cats and 10 quail


Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant

~ Born in Brandon, FL, but grew up in Carrollton, GA
~ Started working at Companion in July 2021
~ She is a Sophmore at UGA, studying Applied Biotechnology with Pre-veterinary intent
~ She has 2 dogs, a Lab mix named Jax and a Chihuahua mix named Sophie


Veterinary Assistant

-Hometown: Hoschton, GA
-Started working at Companion in 2021
-She is studying at the University of GA with a major in Animal Biology
-Hopes to attend University of GA Vet School for Small Animal or Equine Medicine
-Has 2 retired guide dogs, as forever friends, named Pearce and Percy


Veterinary Assistant

– Hometown: Monticello, GA

– She is currently a senior at UGA majoring in Biology, graduating in Spring 2022

– Applying to vet school this cycle and hopes to practice small animal medicine

– Enjoys spending time outdoors, exploring new places, and watching the Dawgs play!

– Has worked at Companion since February 2021


Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant

– Originally from Aurora, IL, moved to Woodstock, GA when she was 13 years old

– She shares 2 dogs with her family and boyfriend, Romeo is a toy poodle mix, and Bandit is a Australian/German Shepard mix

– She attends the University of Georgia as a 3rd year Fisheries and Wildlife major

– Currently she has been applying to vet schools to pursue a career as a Veterinarian, she loves all animals, Small, Large, and Wildlife…. So the sky is the limit for her!

– Has worked at Companion since March 2021


Veterinary Assistant

– Hometown: Athens, GA

– Has 2 dogs, Willow and Macy

– Currently a high school senior, starting UNG in the Fall 2022

– Enjoys doing Competitive Cheer and spending time with her animals

– Has worked at Companion since May 2020



~Born in Devizes, England
~Married to Daniel
~Between both of us, we have 3 daughters, 2 sons, 3 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren
~Has 3 dogs, Rocky (pictured), Bella, and Miley, and 5 cats
~Has worked at Companion since 2002
~One of her biggest passions in life is working with animals and being rewarded with a big lick in the face for a job well done



~Receptionist, Works part-time now, (not just Saturdays).
~Has 1 daughter, 2 Awesome Grandsons (Luke and Bruce)
~Has 1 cat named Bean
~Lived in Athens area for 10 years now, but moved here from Midway, GA
~Loves working at Companion with such wonderful co-workers



~Originally from Danielsville, GA, now lives with her lovely family in
Commerce, GA
~Married to Daren, has 1 beautiful daughter named Madisyn
~Has 2 dogs, (Dozer is a pitbull, and Queen is a rescued lab/pit mix)
~Has 1 cool cat named Snowball
~Has worked at Companion since 2011
~She enjoys relaxing trips to the beach and mountains with her family


Kennel Assistant

~Hometown: Athens, GA

~Has 4 cats and 4 dogs

~Attends Georgia College & State University, pursuing a degree as an RN

~Hopes to become an RN

~Has worked at Companion since 2018


Kennel/Veterinary Assistant

~She attends the University of Georgia as a Senior, majoring in Biological Sciences, she will be graduating in Spring 2023

~Plans to attend UGA Vet School to become a Veterinary Microbiologist

~Enjoys reading, writing poetry/novels, playing with animals, and spending time with her family and friends

~Started working at Companion in 2021