Dalton Animal Care

Dalton Animal Care has served the North Georgia area for 50 years. DAC is a multi-doctor practice with a dedicated support staff. We offer routine care as well as orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries, oncology, and pet behavioral counseling. Our practice has extensive in-house laboratory capabilities, often providing on the spot diagnostic results. Not having to wait on test results can be extremely important when a pet has a life threatening illness. Some of our other diagnostic equipment includes ultrasound, fully digital x-ray, EKG and a wide variety of tools available to aid in diagnosing and treating your beloved pet.
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  • Dalton Animal Care
  • 1022 S. Hamilton St
  • Dalton, GA 30720,
  • Doctors available all day!
  • Mon-Fri: 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Sat: 8:00am-12:00pm
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  • D.A.C. North & Kitty Korner
  • 2685 Cleveland Hwy 30721
  • Mon-Fri: 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Sat: Our Dr's are available at the South Clinic only
  • 8:00am-12:00pm
  • Dr. Jules Crawford

    Dr. Jules Crawford

    Veterinarian
    Dalton Animal Care
    Dr. Jules Crawford is a 1987 graduate of Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and has been practicing in Dalton since that time. His passion for veterinary medicine started at a young age growing up on a working farm in Alabama. Dr. Crawford enjoys the every day practice management. He is married with four grown children and two dogs. He and his wife have a small farm with nigerian dwarf goats, a donkey, a miniature filly, and miniature cows. He is an active member of Grace Presbyterian Church. His outside interests include spending time with his family, attending sporting events, and hunting.
    Education:
    Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine - 1987
    Interests:
    Practice Management
  • Dr. Chris Stearns

    Dr. Chris Stearns

    Veterinarian
    Dalton Animal Care
    Dr. Chris Stearns is a 1985 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. He joined DAC in August 2004. He has enjoyed practicing here in Dalton for over 20 years. As a boy, he spent his summers on his grandparents farm in South Georgia and this helped develop his desire to be a veterinarian. He enjoys all aspects of a small animal practice with a special interest in diagnostics and ophthalmology. The Stearns have one dog, Chester the Wonder Dog, and one cat, Lilly. Dr. Stearns is an active member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church. He and his wife are active supporters of the Dalton community. His outside activities include traveling and working at his small vineyard in North Georgia.
    Education:
    University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine - 1985
    Interests:
    Diagnostics and Ophthalmology
  • Dr. Marcus Moore

    Dr. Marcus Moore

    Veterinarian
    Dalton Animal Care
    Dr. Marcus Moore is a 1988 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinarian Medicine. Before coming to Dalton, he worked as a mixed animal practitioner for seven years. Dr. Moore has an affinity for soft tissue surgery and internal medicine. Dr. Moore has twin sons. His outside interests are woodworking, black smithing and hunting.
    Education:
    University of Tennessee College of Veterinarian Medicine - 1988
    Interests:
    Soft Tissue Surgery and Internal Medicine
  • Dr. Jimmy Emerson

    Dr. Jimmy Emerson

    Veterinarian
    Dalton Animal Care North / Kitty Korner

    Dr. Jimmy Emerson is a 2002 graduate of Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. He joined DAC in October of 2005. Dr. Emerson enjoys all areas of veterinary medicine, especially soft tissue surgery. In spite of graduating from Auburn University, he is a huge fan of the Crimson Tide. He enjoys photography and traveling. In his travels, he has reached the highest point in 39 states and 3 Canadian Provinces. He aims to visit all 3,142 counties in the USA, with only 68 more counties to go. Dr. Emerson has two rescue cats at home, Casper and Laramie, that he found soon after returning from a trip to Wyoming (hence their names).
    Education:
    Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine - 2002
    Interests:
    Soft Tissue Surgery
  • Dr. Phillip Thompson

    Dr. Phillip Thompson

    Veterinarian
    Dalton Animal Care

    Dr. Phillip Thompson is a 2008 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. He joined DAC in June of 2008. He wanted to be a veterinarian his whole life. While he enjoys all aspects of a small animal practice, he has a special interest in veterinary dentistry. He has completed advanced animal dental training to enhance his skill. Dr. Thompson and his wife have two awesome sons. They have 4 dogs, 2 cats, and a backyard hobby farm. His other interests include hunting, fishing and college sports.
    Education:
    University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine - 2008
    Interests:
    Veterinary Dentistry
  • Dr. Cayce Johnson

    Dr. Cayce Johnson

    Veterinarian
    Dalton Animal Care North / Kitty Korner
    (Tues/Wed)
    Dalton Animal Care
    (Thurs/Fri)
    Dr. Cayce Johnson is a 2010 graduate of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. She joined DAC as a veterinarian immediately after graduation, but was already a member of the DAC family working as a veterinary assistant. Dr. Johnson loves her patients and has a special interest in all types of surgery. Her hobbies include fitness training and scrapbooking. Dr Johnson is married and has one adorable daughter and three moderately spoiled poodles.
    Education:
    University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine - 2010
    Interests:
    Surgery
  • Dr. Michael Krigbaum

    Dr. Michael Krigbaum

    Veterinarian
    Dalton Animal Care North / Kitty Korner

    Dr. Michael Krigbaum is a 2012 graduate of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. In addition to his studies and clinical experience at VMRCVM, he has worked at clinics in Virginia and North Carolina as a veterinary assistant since 2006. His veterinary interests include internal medicine and preventative medicine. Dr Krigbaum enjoys running, sports (especially Washington Area sports teams), singing, and playing music. He and his wife share quite a few well loved pets and enjoy spending time with their church family.
    Education:
    Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech - 2012
    Interests:
    Internal Medicine and Preventative Medicine
  • Dr. Andrew Durden

    Veterinarian
    Dalton Animal Care
    Dr. Andrew Durden graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. In his final year of veterinary school, he received awards for clinical excellence in both ophthalmology and oncology. While in school, he furthered his knowledge base by doing medical research through the Georgia Veterinary Scholars Program and the Cornell Leadership Program. He enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, but has a special interest in feline medicine. Dr. Durden is married with two cats. His wife is also a veterinarian. Dr. Durden enjoys grilling, college football, and hiking.
    Education:
    University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine - 2014
    Interests:
    Feline Medicine, Ophthalmology, and Oncology
  • Dr. Jessica Bianco

    Veterinarian
    Dalton Animal Care
    Dr. Bianco grew up with a life long goal of becoming a veterinarian. She graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. During school, she developed special passions for physical rehabilitation, oncology and soft tissue surgery. She has worked at DAC as a vet assistant since 2008 and is honored to still be a part of the team as a veterinarian. As a vet, she enjoys the many opportunities to share God's love for both people and animals. She is certified as a Veterinary Canine Rehabilitation Therapist. Dr Bianco and her husband enjoy swimming, hiking, reading, and anything outdoors. 
    Education:
    University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine - 2015
    Interests:
    Certified Veterinary Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, Soft Tissue Surgery, and Oncology
  • Kim Rue

    Practice Manager
    Dalton Animal Care / Dalton Animal Care North

    Kim joined DAC in 2004. Prior to coming to DAC she had experience in both customer service and medical fields. She is married and has two dogs and one cat. Her hobbies are reading, crafting and painting.
  • Mollie Busie

    Inventory Manager
    Assistant Payroll Manager
    Dalton Animal Care
    Mollie joined the DAC family in 2015. She is currently enrolled at Dalton State College working on her Bachelor's of Business Administration in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. DAC has allowed her the opportunity to join her passions for supply chain management and human resource management with her love of animals. Mollie is married and has the best furbabies, Buddy and Baby. Her hobbies include watching movies, spending time with friends and family, exercising and traveling.
  • Lanita

    Front Office Supervisor
    Dalton Animal Care
    Lanita joined DAC in 1996. Compassionate and with a calming demeanor, she helps to soothe human and pet when they're having a rough time. Lanita and her husband share two sons and one granddaughter. She shares her home with cats, dogs, and the occasional wandering opossum (long story). Her hobbies are reading, gardening and spending time with her family, especially her adorable granddaughter.              

  • Margie

    Registered Veterinary Technician
    Dalton Animal Care
    She joined the DAC Family in 1994. She has two adult kids and grandchildren. Margie and her husband share three well loved cats - Mr. Kitty, Buttercup and Bella.
  • Laura

    Registered Veterinary Technician
    Dalton Animal Care

    Laura graduated from Fort Valley State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Veterinary Technology. She joined the DAC Family in 2005. She and her husband share four adorable Dachshunds - Bender, Gilbert, Milkshake and Pumpkin.
    Education:
    Fort Valley State University
  • Autumn

    Registered Veterinary Technician
    Dalton Animal Care

    Autumn received her education and degree from Chattanooga State Community College. She joined our DAC family in 2013. Autumn and her husband share three kids, three dogs, and a fish. Her hobbies include anything outdoors and spending time with her family and friends. But what gives Autumn the most joy is being a mom. 
    Education:
    Chattanooga State Community College
  • Kortny

    Registered Veterinary Technician
    Dalton Animal Care
    Kortny received her Associate Degree from Athens Technical College. She is married and their children include one Australian cattle dog, two rotten cats, and a beautiful baby girl. She enjoys spending time with family, camping, cooking, baking, crafting, and reading.
    Education:
    Athens Technical College
  • Tabitha

    Registered Veterinary Technician
    Dalton Animal Care
    Tabitha joined our DAC Family in 2016. Her smile is contagious and her love of animals is obvious to anyone who meets her. Tabitha and her husband share 5 furkids - 3 dogs and 2 cats. Her hobbies include crafts, hiking, camping and kayaking.

    Education:
    Chattanooga State Community College
  • Bailey

    Certified Veterinary Assistant
    Dalton Animal Care
    Bailey joined the DAC family in 2016. She moved to the area from Texas in 2012. She is married with a son and three step children. She has three dogs and one spoiled pig, a mini potbelly named Chubz.
  • Holli

    Certified Veterinary Assistant 
    Dalton Animal Care
    Holli joined DAC in 2016. Her energy and fun loving personality bring an extra spark to our daily atmosphere. Holli has one ferret and one awesome canine named Cujo. Her hobbies include hiking, spending time with family and friends, and spoiling Cujo. 



  • Abbey

    Veterinary Assistant
    Dalton Animal Care
  • Cristian

     Veterinary Assistant
    Dalton Animal Care
    Cristian is quick to smile and loves to laugh. His positive attitude can brighten any day. Cristian is currently enrolled in Dalton State College as a Biology Major and is hoping to one day enter the Veterinary Field. His passion for animals is what brought him to Dalton Animal Care. Cristian loves to fish and enjoys many outdoor activities. Cristian has one spoiled rotten Husky named Governor.
  • Cynthia

    Receptionist
    Dalton Animal Care
  • Fabiola

    Receptionist
    Dalton Animal Care
    Fabiola joined our DAC Family in 2017. She will take on any task offered and is almost impossible to slow down. Fabiola is hard working and has a caring heart. If you are lucky enough to be greeted by that beautiful smile then you are sure to have a great day. Fabiola enjoys time with her friends and family. She has one spoiled dog named Kilo and one even more spoiled human child.
  • Chelsey

    Receptionist
    Dalton Animal Care
    Chelsey joined our DAC Family in 2017. Always a positive presence, her beautiful smile is one of the first things you notice about her, and it is certain to make a bad day better. Chelsey is helpful and pays attention to detail. She is currently attending school to obtain her degree in Early Childhood Education. Chelsey and her husband love doing anything outdoors and they share 3 dogs (2 mildly rotten Labs and 1 severely rotten Maltese) and 2 cats (they're cats so of course they're rotten).
  • Jeannie

    Receptionist
    Dalton Animal Care
  • Roxie

    Kennel Assistant
    Dalton Animal Care
  • Bevin

    Kennel Assistant
    Dalton Animal Care
    Bevin joined DAC in 2015. Her love and compassion for animals has turned into a career. She is the proud parent of nine adopted and spoiled cats! She lives with "The Golden Girls," her mother and two aunts. When not caring for her beloved family (human and pet), she enjoys writing and photography. She also enjoys reading, watching movies (her favorites are super hero), listening to music, gardening, hiking, camping and fishing. Bevin is also a GREAT "handyman" at home and at the clinic.
  • Mercedes

    Kennel Assistant
    Dalton Animal Care
    Mercedes joined our DAC family in 2017. Mercedes has had an interest in veterinary medicine from a young age. Hard working and with a sweet nature, she is a team favorite when teamwork is needed most. Mercedes is currently enrolled in college and is pursuing her degree in Veterinary Technology. Her hobbies include roller derby, anything outdoors and adventurous, and spending time with the best two spoiled rotten Pit Bull pups ever - Chico and Bruce.
  • Rebecca Hardin

    Office Manager
    Dalton Animal Care North / Kitty Korner

    Rebecca joined the DAC family in 2006. She has a varied background in both human and veterinary medicine. Rebecca and her husband share five children, three dogs, and four cats. 
  • Selina

    Front Office Manager
    Dalton Animal Care North / Kitty Korner

    Selina joined the DAC Family in 2011. Selina has worked in veterinary medicine for over 16 years. She enjoys arts, photography, and crafts. She hopes to one day play a more active role in animal conservation.
  • Kelly

    Registered Veterinary Technician
    Dalton Animal Care North / Kitty Korner

    Kelly joined our DAC family in 2006. She is a 2002 graduate of the Veterinary Technology Program at St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Kelly's extensive background in veterinary medicine and ability to react to situations quickly and confidently are what help make her the ideal veterinarian technician and pivotal component to our medical team. Kelly has one awesome human child and 2 adorable dogs named Lola and Gorbi.
    Education:
    Veterinary Technology Program at St. Petersburg College
  • Lindsey

    Veterinary Assistant
    Dalton Animal Care North / Kitty Korner
    Lindsey joined our DAC family in 2017. Lindsey combined her background in human medicine with her passion of caring for animals, and quickly became an asset to our team. Her ambitious nature, along with her compassion and positive energy, has made her a favorite among clients and staff alike. Lindsey enjoys outdoor activities and has a few pets, including a spoiled rotten Poodle Mix named Zorro.
  • Colleen

    Receptionist
    Dalton Animal Care North / Kitty Korner
    Colleen joined DAC in 2016 for the second time after moving back from Texas. She first became a part of the DAC family in 2004 and remained for six years until moving to Alabama. Colleen and her husband share four grown daughters, eight grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.
  • Jose

    Veterinary Assistant / Kennel Assistant
    Dalton Animal Care North / Kitty Korner
    Jose joined our DAC family in 2017. To say that Jose is a "jack of all trades" in an understatement. Jose has a background in mechanical engineering and an ability to see things from a different perspective. He is quick to help out where needed, and always has a smile. Jose has 3 cats - Tigress, Dominic, and Daenarys.
  • Kate

    Kennel Assistant
    Dalton Animal Care North / Kitty Korner
    Kate joined our DAC family in 2014. Caring and kind, Kate does a great job of caring for the pets who stay with us. She also excels at grooming and has her fair share of repeat customers for when the weather gets warmer and pets need a trim. Kate's hobbies include anything with family and friends. Kate and her husband share a few pets and a beautiful baby girl.