Our Veterinarians

Dr. LaVassar

Dr. Lavasser, DVM


Thankful and blessed to be working a true childhood dream job. I grew up in north Alabama were I attended University of Alabama in Huntsville and played soccer. I was lucky enough to attend Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine were I was active as SCAVMA president. Upon graduation I return to north Alabama and practiced emergency medicine.  Then opportunity took me to South Carolina where I was a general practitioner for a number of years. Another great opportunity brought me to Woodland Animal Hospital where I have grown into a leadership position and grown close to its people and community. Off time is spent with family building up the homestead and mini-travels looking for local adventure.

Dr. Johnson

Dr. Johnson, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Johnson grew up in the Florida panhandle where she met and married her high school classmate and best friend.  After many years of raising their beautiful sons and working for the Florida State University College of Medicine, Dr. Johnson was able to pursue her dream of veterinary medicine.  She graduated from the University of West Florida with a biology degree in 2013 and began the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine the following year.  At MSU/CVM, Dr. Johnson had a wonderful clinical professor which help solidify her love for emergency medicine.  After graduating in 2018, Dr. Johnson began working for Woodland Animal Hospital, where she has a special interest in internal medicine and wound care cases.  Dr. Johnson currently resides in the McDonough area with her husband of 26 years along with their teenage son, and 2 dogs and 2 cats.  

Dr. Davis

Dr. Davis, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

 Dr. Emily Elizabeth Davis grew up in Baton Rouge, LA where her love for animals and the desire to become a veterinarian started at a very early age. Dr. Davis completed both her undergraduate career and received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2014; from Tuskegee University in Alabama. Dr. Davis started at Woodland Animal Hospital in 2018 where she continues to nurture her passion for soft tissue surgery and dentistry. In her spare time Dr. Davis enjoys working out and spending quality time with her husband, three beautiful children and their three pets.

Dr. Rawson

Dr. Rawson, DVM

Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Rawson raduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the class of 2018 from University of Tennessee College. She enjoys the varied case load Woodland Animal Hospital provides and being important resource for the community in regards to small animal medicine. In her free time, her hobbies include horseback riding, exercise and cooking.
Dr. Haggard

Dr. Haggard, DVM

Associate Veterinarian
I grew up in a small town around Chattanooga TN. I have had animals all of my life, these have mostly consisted of dogs, cats, and horses. Growing up I showed American Saddledbreds and TN Walking horses along with training several colts and fillies to ride. For my undergraduate degree I chose TN tech university with a degree in agriculture with hopes of going into vet school. Thinking I needed more experience with animals and within the veterinary field i started as a kennel technician for a animal hospital in Chattanooga. I worked my way up to a laboratory technician over time. I then applied to vet school and was accepted into the University of Glasgow school of veterinary medicine. I studied over in Scotland for the next six years and loving the culture, people, making lifelong friends in the process. After graduating in June 2013, i started working in a small rural predominately small animal with some large animal clinic. Due to being in rural northeast GA we had our own on call system for  emergency services. During this period was when I discovered my passion for emergency medicine. I still enjoy general practice and seeing different cases and animals. I think my craziest has been seeing a squirrel who was lame. I decided it was time for a change and moved from northeast Georgia down to Locust Grove in 2019. I enjoy working overnights and seeing what all comes in along with soft tissue surgery. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family both human and fur. I still enjoy working with horses and now have a project horse that I am working with. I enjoy swimming and have been certified to SCUBA dive which I would love to get back into. Reading all sorts of books for pleasure and unwinding. I enjoy horseback riding on trails when able to have friends to go with.
Dr. Richardson

Dr. Richardson, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Ashton Richardson is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He is an alumnus of Auburn University and received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University. He has a particular interest in emergency medicine and critical care. Outside of spending time with his family, his favorite past-times include traveling and physical fitness.

Dr. Bethea, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Zee is a true Georgia peach who knew in high school she wanted to become a veterinarian. She got her Bachelors in Science from Georgia State University in the summer of 2006. Then was excitedly accepted to the historical Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. While in school she participated in several activities and even worked all 4 years in the large animal clinic, all the while with a strong interest in emergency medicine. She graduated from now Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine in the Class of “AWESOME” 2011 and took a position as an associate at a very busy emergency clinic in Columbus. There her passion for emergency medicine grew.

 In a couple years she relocated to back to Atlanta and floated around to several animal hospitals as a Relief Veterinarian where she was introduced to the Woodland team. Now she gets a chance to do both general practice and emergency regularly at Woodland Animal Hospital. She has been a part of the Woodland family since 2017, taking a full time position in 2019. For fun she became certified in ultrasonography at the Sound Institute in Texas in 2018 and plans to continue growing this skill.   

Dr. Zee has a loving boyfriend (Craig), an amazing son (Zion), 1 dog (Icee), 3 cats (Sable, Simon, & Theodore) and a Box Turtle (Henrietta). 

She loves Veterinary  Medicine because it is very rewarding to help people and their pets, this makes her heart smile every time she saves a life!! Come by and let her meet your fur-babies. 


Dr. Light, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Light grew up in a small town outside of Birmingham, AL. She attended Mississippi State University for both her undergraduate and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degrees. She has a particular interest in surgery and emergency medicine. In her spare time, Dr. Light enjoys going to sporting events, spending time outdoors, reading, traveling, and spending time with her dog.


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