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EVERYDAY HERO: DR. AMANDA CALVIRD


Dr. Calvird, a veterinarian, is helping save the lives of underserved animals at the Athens Area Humane Society.


Well-deserved! The AJC recognized veterinarian Dr. Amanda Calvird of the Athens Area Humane Society for her dedication to increasing access to spay/neuter services across Northeast Georgia.


The AAHS is expected to exceed 7,000 spay and neuter surgeries by the end of 2023. “Increasing access to spay/neuter services serves our mission in several ways,” Calvird said. “Mainly, it’s helping pet parents keep their pets in their home.”


Pets are transported to receive surgery in Athens, then back to their shelter, which may not have enough or any veterinarians on staff. Of Georgia’s 159 counties, 53 had a veterinarian shortage of critical or high priority in 2023, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


One of GPC's priorities is to help increase the number of full time and relief veterinarians working in shelter medicine and nonprofit sterilization services.


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