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

Dr. Denise

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.



Dan joined Companion Animal Hospital in the summer of 2014. He was born in Georgia, but spent most of his childhood outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in Chester County. He earned his bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Tennessee and his veterinary degree from North Carolina State University.

Dr. Houlihan has particular interests in ophthalmology and client communication. He loves talking and interacting with clients, so feel free to stop by and say hello. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and fishing off the coast of North Carolina. He also enjoys hiking, biking, coin collecting, watching college football (Go Vols!), and exploring places to eat in Athens. Dr. Houlihan currently lives in Athens with his partner and two spoiled cats, Hops and Barley.



Dr. Brooke is originally from Tucker, Georgia. He has always been an animal lover and began pursuing a career as a veterinarian working for a veterinary clinic the year he started high school. He graduated from the University of Georgia for both undergraduate studies and veterinary school. His biggest passions in life are animal well-being, science, fitness and getting to know people. In his free time he is an avid boxing competitor, home-brewer, outdoorsman, and singer-songwriter.

Companion Animal Hospital Staff



Born in Devizes, England
Has 3 Children, 3 Grandchildren,
2 Great-Grandchildren
Has 1 dog named Rocky 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


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


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, 1 cat, and 2 turtles
Has worked in the veterinary field since 1995, has many years of valuable experience
Has worked at Companion since 2004



Receptionist, on Saturdays ONLY, but used to work here full time until
2011, when she became a full time GaGa (aka Grandmother)
Has 1 daughter, 2 Awesome Grandsons (Luke and Bruce)
Has 1 cat named Smokey
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



Originally Michigan, now lives in Hull, GA
Has a boyfriend, Matt
Together Samm and Matt have 4 dogs (Carlisle, Leigha, Landon, Aspynn)
and 2 cats (Miss Kitty, Enzo)
She is currently in school at UNG, pursuing a degree to be a High School
English Teacher
Has worked at Companion since 2014


Veterinary Assistant

Born and Raised in Athens, GA
He is a 2nd degree black belt
Was involved in 4-H and FFA, while in high school he showed Dairy Heifers
Currently attends UGA, plans to go to Vet School
Has 1 dog named Cheena, (Jacob rescued Cheena from Mexico)
Has worked at Companion since 2015


Veterinary Assistant

Hometown is Bowman, GA, now lives in Athens, GA
Attended college at ABAC (Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College), studied
Animal Science
Has 1 dog, a Newfoundland named Scooter
Her family has multiple sheep, pigs, and goats
Highly involved with livestock shows, 4-H, and FFA
Worked at Companion since 2015


Veterinary Assistant

Hometown is Peachtree City, GA, now lives in Athens, GA
Graduated from UGA in May 2017, with a double major in Animal Science
and Biological Sciences
Has 1 dog, a mutt named Daizey, (Abby says, Daizey is the cutest dog
Has 1 bunny named named Chino
Wants to become a Veterinarian, she will apply to vet school in 2018
Worked at Companion since 2016


Veterinary Assistant

Has 1 dog, a Husky named Kito
Hometown is Midway, GA
Currently in school at Athens Tech, pursing a Vet Technician degree
Worked at Companion since 2017


Veterinary Assistant

Hometown is Adel, GA, now lives in Athens, GA
Currently attends Athens Tech, would like to continue her education at UGA for Vet Med
Has 1 dog named Bear, (he is her Baby Boy)
Has a snake named Zeus
Has worked at Companion since 2016