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Meet Our Doctors

  • Matthew J. Nelson, D.V.M.

    Dr. Nelson joined us in 1992.

    Dr. Nelson has lived in Marietta for over 30 years, graduated from McEachern High School in 1984 and received his B.S. in biology from Kennesaw State University in 1988. He received his D.V.M. from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and received the Awards for Exceptional Proficiency in both Small and Large Animal Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Nelson loves to read and to ride his bike. He also blogs about both veterinary topics and topics such as human trafficking (on his blog, is a licensed Ham Radio operator (KM4HQM), and is a volunteer with Out Of Darkness in Atlanta. His family includes his wife Adrienne, four children: John, Sarah, Maria, & Jason. He has 4 dogs: Lovey, Cherry, Stinky, and Miguel; 3 Cats: Valhalla, Angelica, and Olie; 2 horses: Hollywood & Quila, and a pony, Buttercup. The Nelson Family attends St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marietta. Dr. Nelson’s interests in veterinary medicine include orthopedic and soft-tissue surgery, internal medicine, emergency medicine, and ultrasound.

  • Paul B. Averill, D.V.M.

    Dr. Averill established Averill Animal Hospital in 1983.

    Dr. Averill moved to Georgia in 1974 from New Orleans and has lived in Dahlonega since 1993. He graduated from high school in New Orleans in 1965 and received his B.S. in Agriculture for Dairy Manufacturing from the University of Southwestern Louisiana at Lafayette in 1970. He received his D.V.M. from Auburn University in 1974. Dr. Averill’s hobbies include the sport of purebred dogs, golfing, fishing, and bowling. His family includes his inspiring wife, Donna, and four wonderful children: Kenny, Joanne, Russell and Megan. His family also includes horses, sheep, a parrot, a canary, peacocks, cats, and dogs. He attends St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Dahlonega. Dr. Averill’s interests in veterinary medicine include surgery, animal husbandry, and theriogenology. In June 2012 Dr. Averill accomplished one of his lifelong goals of becoming an AKC Judge!

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Averill Animal Hospital


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