About Firehall 4

For our community.

Each morning, we walk through doors that remind us of the history of our city and the legacy that endures in our service. We’ve kept the Firehall 4 name for our clinic because we love the sense of trust and community that it brings. We’re proud to continue to serve our area with the spirit of the heroes who protected Athens five decades ago.

Fire Station 4 opened on January 6th of 1965. The station was run by eight men who operated in two shifts and utilized a 1953 GMC Fire Engine. However, with new technology came new fire trucks, which became a bit too large for the historic firehall! A new fire station was erected in 2003, just down the street from our beloved Fire Station 4. Just one year later, Firehall 4 Animal Hospital was established by Dr. Karen Middendorf, and began its new role in looking after the pets of Athens. The goal in opening the clinic was to provide the people of Athens with caring, compassionate service for them and their pets.

Since its inception, the team has undergone changes in leadership and is run by two veterinarians, Dr. Jennifer Peterson and Dr. Kelly Laas. Caring for animals is our passion, and we strive everyday to improve the life and health of the pets in Athens so they can bring joy to the people of Athens.

For our community.

Each morning, we walk through doors that remind us of the history of our city and the legacy that endures in our service. We’ve kept the Firehall 4 name for our clinic because we love the sense of trust and community that it brings. We’re proud to continue to serve our area with the spirit of the heroes who protected Athens five decades ago.

Fire Station 4 opened on January 6th of 1965. The station was run by eight men who operated in two shifts and utilized a 1953 GMC Fire Engine. However, with new technology came new fire trucks, which became a bit too large for the historic firehall! A new fire station was erected in 2003, just down the street from our beloved Fire Station 4. Just one year later, Firehall 4 Animal Hospital was established by Dr. Karen Middendorf, and began its new role in looking after the pets of Athens. The goal in opening the clinic was to provide the people of Athens with caring, compassionate service for them and their pets.

Since its inception, the team has undergone changes in leadership and is run by two veterinarians, Dr. Jennifer Peterson and Dr. Kelly Laas. Caring for animals is our passion, and we strive everyday to improve the life and health of the pets in Athens so they can bring joy to the people of Athens.

Meet our Veterinarians

Meet our Veterinarians

Dr. Jennifer Peterson

After growing up just outside of Atlanta, Dr. Jennifer Peterson moved to Athens to begin her journey towards becoming a veterinarian. Dr. Peterson dreamed of being a veterinarian since she was a child and in May of 2009 she saw that dream become a reality when she graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. She considers what she does an incredible blessing and she strives each and every day to give the utmost best to the pets and people around her. Dr. Peterson is actively involved in her church ministry and visits local elementary schools to teach children about animal health. She is also involved with several local charities and fundraising groups around Athens. When she isn’t helping in the community, she enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending time outside with her three cats, dog, and horse. She also loves spending time with her family and friends, and cheering on the Georgia Bulldawgs! Occasionally you might catch her husband, six-year-old daughter, or nine-year-old son helping out around the clinic, so be sure to say hello!

Dr. Kelly Laas

Kelly Laas (McCarty) originally dreamed of being the next James Herriot – both an author and a veterinarian. She received her bachelors degree in journalism but found that her true passion was with veterinary medicine and returned to school to pursue that calling. Dr. Laas went on to graduate first in her class from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. She feels that veterinary medicine is a wonderful blend of science, animal contact, and community relationships. Dr. Laas recognizes the importance of the bond between people and their pets and feels very blessed to be able to work in this profession.

Dr. Laas lives in Watkinsville with her husband and three children, Lillian, Olivia, and Cade, as well as a crazy young dog named Sven, two donkeys and a whole herd of sheep and chickens. When she is not working or running after toddlers, Dr. Laas enjoys cooking, gardening, reading, and outdoor activities.

Dr. Christina Park Halpin

Christina Park Halpin grew up in Apex, North Carolina and always enjoyed being outdoors and being around animals. She went to North Carolina State University to pursue her dream of being a veterinarian. After graduating from NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine she moved to rural Georgia to practice at a busy mixed animal practice. She joined the team in June 2018 to continue practicing in Athens. She enjoys medicine, ophthalmology, and soft tissue surgery. When she’s not working she loves cooking, traveling, and being around cattle and horses. She lives with her husband, two dogs, cat, and miniature donkey North of Athens.

Dr. Shannon Jones

Shannon Jones was born and raised in Alpharetta, Georgia.  Even at a young age, Shannon had a passion to become a veterinarian. She pursued this dream in Athens where she attended the University of Georgia for both a Bachelor’s in Animal Science and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine Degrees.  Following graduation she practiced equine medicine for 2 years before returning to Athens to practice small animal medicine. Shannon enjoys the variety of cases seen in small animals and the opportunity private practice allows to develop relationships with patients and their owners. Shannon lives on a small farm outside of Athens with her husband Drew, their son Luke, as well as dogs, cats, and horses. When she is not working, Shannon enjoys attending UGA football games, riding horses, hiking, and being involved with their church in Madison, GA.

Our team is authentic and close-knit, with every one of us striving to see the clinic grow and become more helpful to the pets in our area. We really are like a family, and we focus on communication and respect, both with each other and with our clients.

Our Leadership Staff

Our Leadership Team

Dot Conklin, Practice Manager
Ashley Withrow, Client Services
Hollie Blasen, Pet Stylist

“At Firehall 4 Animal Hospital, we are a family and we treat our patients like an extension of that family.”

AAHA Accreditation

The American Animal Hospital Association evaluated Firehall 4 Animal Hospital on approximately 900 standards of veterinary excellence in order for us to become accredited. AAHA-accredited hospitals are recognized among the finest in the industry, and are consistently at the forefront of advanced veterinary medicine. Our standards address patient care and pain management, surgery, pharmacy, laboratory, exam facilities, medical records, cleanliness, emergency services, dental care, diagnostic imaging, anesthesiology, and continuing education.

Hands to paws.

We believe every pet deserves a chance at happiness, and by working with local pet rescues, we attempt to do our part in making sure they find a happy home and live a healthy life. We also enjoy staying active in our community, from hosting a fundraiser at The Southern Brewing Company to participating in 5ks and events for our favorite causes like Starry Starry Night.

Where knowledge
meets compassion.

Hours:

Mon - Fri: 7:30a - 6:00p
Sat: 8:00a - 12:00p

Location:

815 Hawthorne Avenue
Athens, GA 30606

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Contact Us:

706-583-9191

info@firehall4.com

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday: 7:30a - 6:00p
Saturday: 8:00a - 12:00p

Location:

815 Hawthorne Avenue
Athens, GA 30606

Follow Us:

 

© Firehall 4 Animal Hospital
Designed by REVER

Hours of Operation:

M-F: 7:30a - 6:00p
Sat.: 8:00a - 12:00p

Location:

815 Hawthorne Avenue
Athens, GA 30606

Contact Us:

706-583-9191

info@firehall4.com

Follow Us:

 

© Firehall 4 Animal Hospital | Designed by REVER