Dr. Gerald R Skees DVM graduated from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1976. Upon graduation, he started working as an equine veterinarian in rural New Mexico and built a successful animal hospital that served large and small animals by the year 1986. His time as a rural veterinarian gave him ample experience for surgery and economical medicine. In 2001, he moved to the Atlanta area with his family. He created Family Pet Hospital in 2003 with the goal to bring his unique experience to the Woodstock area and provide a friendly and welcome atmosphere for people and their beloved pets. Dr. Skees has worked in multi-doctor practices but has also worked in very rural areas as the sole practitioner. Consequently, he was given the opportunity to gain experience in all disciplines, including emergency care, surgery, and preventative medicine. He has performed such surgeries as diaphragmatic hernia repair, splenectomies, and enucleations, all of which are routinely referred to specialists.
Having worked in a rural, economically stressed community, Dr. Skees was challenged to learn how to treat patients with limited resources and diagnostic techniques. Although he now has access to the latest technology and diagnostic tools, he blends his rural experience with current techniques to provide the most economical approach to your pet’s health. Current clients appreciate this attribute because it usually saves them money on some of the more routine visits to the veterinary hospital.
Even though Dr. Skees has been practicing many years, he prides himself on staying abreast with the cutting edge of veterinary medicine. He acquires at least twice the number of hours of continuing education required by all the state boards of which he is a member, attending both local seminars and national meetings. He subscribes to several journals that provide the latest developments in the field of veterinary medicine, as well as articles from colleagues with interesting cases. He is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association (GVMA).