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The AAE Family

George E. Runnels, DVM

Dr. Runnels acquired Augusta Animal Emergency on May 1, 2007, but he is not new to the area’s veterinary community. He has been a staff veterinarian at AAE since 2003 and has practiced veterinary emergency medicine since 2000.

He graduated from Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. Dr. Runnels’ career in emergency and critical care started in Savannah, GA under the mentorship of Dr. Paul Shealy, DVM, ACVS.

When the opportunity presented itself to assume ownership of AAE, he took it because of his love for the challenges associated with pet emergency and critical care.

Dr. Runnels and his family moved to Aiken in 2003 for their love of the CSRA and to bring his family closer to his wife’s parents who have lived in Aiken, SC for over 30 years.

“The loyalty and dedication of the staff was the biggest reason for me to purchase Augusta Animal Emergency. I have never worked in a hospital with such  team spirit and quality of care. This staff has allowed my professional growth to flourish beyond my expectations. I approach every case as if the patient were one of my pets and attempt to treat each and every patient the way I would treat my own animals seeking emergency care."

Dr. George Runnels, Animal Emergency ,Augusta, GA ,Service Request

Juli Peters, DVM

Dr. Peters grew up in the "Horse Capital of the World" of Ocala, Florida. After various endeavors she found herself in Augusta, GA pursuing her long-time veterinary career aspirations. She became Practice Manager and Head Technician at Augusta Animal Emergency in 2000 and played an integral role in the evolution of the clinic's medical philosophy. She worked at AAE while completing her Bachelor of Science in Biology degree at Augusta State University, and continued working at AAE until her acceptance into veterinary school.

Dr. Peters is a 2009 graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and she completed her clinical year at Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Upon graduation, she returned to Augusta, GA as an associate emergency veterinarian at Augusta Animal Emergency. Her special interests include emergency medicine, surgery, ultrasound, client education and staff enrichment.

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Shaylin Duncan, DVM

Dr Duncan grew up in Greenville, SC alongside a wide assortment of pets, from cats and dogs to cockatiels and snakes.  Her love for animals has always been a central and important part of her life. 

Dr. Duncan obtained her Biology degree from Winthrop University in 2009 and obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from The University of Georgia in 2013.  While obtaining her degrees, Dr. Duncan worked for two Greenville, SC practices and also assisted in the Augusta area to pursue a career in emergency medicine at AAE.  Her special interests include emergency medicine and soft tissue surgery. 

On her days off, Dr. Duncan takes to the outdoors to go cycling and explore the area trails with her lab mix, Penny.  She also enjoys exploring the many locally-owned restaurants and eateries that Augusta has to offer. 

Shelby O’Neal, LVT - Practice Manager

Shelby O’Neal has worked within the veterinary profession for more than 17 years, and has been a part of emergency and critical care for more than 10 years.

She was a Wildlife Biology major in her early college years and later decided to attend the Veterinary Technology program at Tri-County Technical College in Pendleton, SC. She graduated in 1997 as a Nationally Licensed Veterinary Technician, and went on to teach as an Adjunct Professor within the Veterinary Technology program for several years before realizing she missed the excitement of working in a veterinary practice.

She has worked in several progressive general practices in Upstate South Carolina and Georgia, but is most stimulated by the diversity and exhilaration achieved in emergency veterinary medicine.

Shelby became a part of Augusta Animal Emergency in 2002 as a full-time technician, and became Practice Manager in 2005.

“I have always enjoyed the many challenges and the accelerated pace that working in an emergency practice has afforded me as a licensed technician. Working at Augusta Animal Emergency has given me a complete understanding and appreciation of compassionate veterinarians and staff that offer their very best every single day. The quality of veterinary medicine and level of care provided at Augusta Animal Emergency is exceptional and unsurpassed. I am proud to be a part of such a wonderful, dynamic team of veterinary professionals.”

Shelby O'Neal, Animal Emergency ,Augusta, GA ,Service Request

John Cuthbertson, LVT

John graduated from Newberry College in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Veterinary Technology. John maintains a strong dedication to the care of emergency & critical care patients with strong interests in cytology and anesthesia.

He currently has two dogs, Bizzy, a pekingese mix and Diego, a beagle mix. John is a loving husband and father of two wonderful boys. His free time is spent with his family and he is an avid football fan.

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Carol Duggan

Carol became interested in emergency veterinary medicine in 1990. While working for a local small animal veterinarian, she also volunteered at the original Animal Emergency Clinic to gain further experience.

Needless to say, volunteering at the emergency clinic sparked an interest in that aspect of the profession. She soon left day practice to pursue a full-time position in emergency medicine.

Carol married her husband, Tony, in 1990 and in 1991, Carol gave birth to twin sons, Alexander, currently attending UGA, and Chandler, currently attending Presbyterian College.

Education was also a priority in Carol's life, so she continued to work part-time and attended college full-time. She completed college at Augusta State University in 1995 with a Bachelor's of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry.

Carol now works full-time at Augusta Animal Emergency.

Carrol Duggan, Animal Emergency ,Augusta, GA ,Service Request

Stephanie Harville

Stephanie is a native of Augusta. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2001 and has been working in the veterinary field since that time. Since joining the AAE family in September 2009, she has enjoyed the opportunity to broaden her knowledge and technical skills so vital in the treatment of challenging cases and the fast paced world of emergency medicine. She feels a great sense of satisfaction working in an environment in which the patient is truly the central focus.

In her free time, Stephanie enjoys caring for her many animals on a small farm she shares with her husband and two daughters. Her hobbies have included, a mobile petting farm business that included a list of animals ranging from the typical dog and cat to llamas and pot-bellied pigs. Many of her Saturdays were spent introducing children to the joys of farm life. Watching her daughters grow up with and learn to love animals as much as she does, is very satisfying.

Stephanie Harville, Animal Emergency ,Augusta, GA ,Service Request

Calvin Jones

Calvin is a native of Augusta, GA. He began his career in veterinary medicine in 1991 in a local small animal practice for 7 years where he gained a great deal of experience and knowledge. He took a 2-year break rebuilding military trucks before deciding to return to veterinary medicine.

Since 2002, he has worked as a full-time veterinary assistant at Augusta Animal Emergency with special interests in radiology and general surgery.

Some of Calvin's extracurricular accomplishments include a Certificate of Achievement in Airbrushing Murals on Steel, which helps him satisfy his creative outlet, and an HVAC Certification he earned from Augusta Technical College in 2006.

Calvin's motto he has maintained while at Augusta Animal Emergency is “Do unto others’ pets as you would do unto yours."

Calvin Jones, Animal Emergency ,Augusta, GA ,Service Request

Lisa Williams, LVT

Lisa is a graduate of Tri County Technical College in Pendleton, South Carolina. The Veterinary Technician Program there led her to Morehead State in Kentucky where she pursued Environmental Studies. Making the decision to return to the veterinary field, Lisa has more than 29 years of experience as a licensed veterinary technician with more than 15 years in emergency and critical care.

Lisa's son is in Merchant Marine School and she has two dogs, Jake and Beau.

“The bonds and relationships formed at AAE are those that will last a life time. At Augusta Animal Emergency our team is family - this family extends to many of our patients and their two-legged loved ones. It is an honor to be a part of the growth of this profession and reap the great rewards that come with its challenges.”

Lisa Williams, Animal Emergency ,Augusta, GA ,Service Request

Coco Holt

Coco began her career in Veterinary medicine in 2000 after graduating high school, where she worked for a day practice as a receptionist, increasing her experience and knowledge within the field. In 2003 she graduated from Aiken Technical College with a Veterinary Assistant certificate. After  Aiken Technical College she took some time off from the veterinary field to grow her family. In 2005, she returned  to the profession. She joined the team at Augusta Animal Emergency in 2013 as a full-time veterinary assistant where her goal is to expand her knowledge of animal care.

When not caring for the pets at Augusta Animal Emergency, she enjoys spending time with her family. She also has a passion for photography and strives to pursue and grow her business, C2 Photography & Design, as a newborn and pet photographer. (706.373.2100 or 706.294.0983)

Jennifer Rundel

Jennifer was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Augusta, Georgia in 2001.  She graduated from Augusta State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.  She has been working in the veterinary field since 2003.  She joined the AAE family in March 2012 and has enjoyed growing her knowledge and technical skills in emergency veterinary medicine.  She is grateful to be working at a practice in which the patient receives such high quality care.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling and outdoor activities while spending quality time with her husband.  She has two Golden Retrievers, Hailey, Hannah, one mixed breed, Dixie,  and a cat named Bandit.

Crystal M Pichler CVT

Originally from Connecticut, Crystal has been in the veterinary field for 10 years obtaining her national accreditation as a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2006.  

Crystal is also a United States Marine, as she briefly left the veterinary field with the passion to serve this country. since returning to veterinary medicine she has a growing love for emergency & critical care, with specialties including cytology & surgery.

Crystal lives in Grovetown with her husband who is stationed at Fort Gordon (US Army), they're 3 year old daughter and  Great Danes who will occasionally greet you at the counter at AAE!