Meet Our Veterinarians

For more information about our skilled veterinarians, read on or better yet – visit us firsthand. We can’t wait to get to know you and your four-legged friend! Whether we’re meeting new friends or greeting old ones, we love strengthening relationships at our animal hospital in Duluth.

Zack Mills, DVM

Veterinarian, Owner
As a young man, Zack had the pleasure of working with a veterinarian who took him fishing between appointments and to the spa next door for weekly wine and cheese parties. These experiences led Zack to realize he’d found his life’s work. Raised in Greenville, S.C., the youngest of five boys, Zack graduated from Clemson University with a degree in animal science. He earned his DVM from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia.

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With an entrepreneurial spirit, Zack worked his way through vet school by purchasing an ice cream truck and selling frozen treats throughout the Athens business and residential communities. One year after earning his DVM, Zack purchased the practice at which he worked near Charleston, S.C. Over the next 10 years, Zack grew the practice and added a satellite clinic. He credits his early success in practice for his ability to understand and respond to his customers’ needs.

At his Charleston practice, Zack conducted clinical trials for new pet medicines, an experience which ultimately led him to enter that industry. Zack spent the majority of his corporate career with Merial, a Duluth-based company that manufactures veterinary vaccines and pharmaceuticals, including Frontline® and Heartgard®. There he held several positions including Director of Global Marketing; Executive Director of Veterinary Medical Affairs; and Vice President of U.S. Pet Sales.

Zack is recognized as an industry influencer in wellness programs for pets. While at Merial he was influential in the development and launch of many canine and feline vaccines. In addition, he provided input for vaccine guidelines established by the American Animal Hospital Association.
During his corporate career, Zack visited hundreds of practices throughout the U.S. and abroad. As he likes to say, “It gave a small-town vet the chance to travel the world and learn alongside many talented people.” Eventually, the appeal of practice drew Zack back. His return to practice stemmed from a desire to apply the management skills and knowledge he gained in the pet medicine industry to build a successful practice that meets the needs of the pet owner, the pet and the practice team. Today, Tiger Tails Animal Hospital is a thriving practice with nearly 60 dedicated team members and two hospitals.

Zack and his wife, Susan, are members of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. Zack participated in the Leadership Gwinnett class of 2012-2013. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Georgia Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners.

Zack and Susan have four adult children, Heath (and wife Liz), Ross (and wife Erin), Grant and Brett. Chocolate Labs River and Sloopy, and cats Tiger and Tails round out the family.

Kimberley Suh, DVM

Veterinarian
Dr. Kimberley (“Kim”) Suh was deeply impressed one day by a movie scene where a lady doctor, perhaps in her early sixties, was flying a small private plane to get to a remote, distant place for an emergency treatment of severely injured animals, with her red muffler fluttering in the wind. Subsequently, she acquired both a private plane pilot license and a DVM. Primarily, though, what led Kim to pursue a veterinary career was her love for animals, as would be the case for all other vets.

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The following verses of Emily Dickinson also have moved and influenced her greatly since her childhood: “If I can ease one life the aching,/ Or cool one pain,/ Or help one fainting robin/ Into his nest again,/ I shall not live in vain.” She is determined to treat every patient like her own pet and feels fulfilling to help keep four-legged family members healthy and happy.

Previously, she worked for Samsung Corp. Construction Division, supervising construction of commercial buildings as an architectural engineer prior to pursuing her career in veterinary medicine mainly in Massachusetts.

Kim moved to Georgia to live with her parents who had come over from Korea in 2015. She lives also with her rescued two-legged cat. This little pretty kitty cat gets a lot of attention from the family all the time. Kim’s hobbies include travel, movies and good food.

Kim received her DVM from Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea (2005) and finished the ECFVG (a 12-month clinical training for foreign veterinary graduates) course at Cornell University (2006-2007). Also, she acquired a veterinary acupuncture license from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. She currently is pursuing a canine rehabilitation certificate program.
She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Georgia Veterinary Medical Association and International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. Also, She belongs to the Veterinarian Association of Korea.

Candace Veteto, DVM

Veterinarian

As a high school senior, Dr. Candace got a job as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic. Although she loved animals, she had never considered being a veterinarian, but it wasn’t long before she realized that she wanted to pursue a career as a vet. She quickly joined the technicians in the back of the hospital and a few years later she became a licensed veterinary technician. Working with animals brought her much joy and satisfaction and she pursued her undergraduate degree at Kennesaw State University while working part time. She graduated from KSU in 2011 with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. In 2012, her hard work paid off and she received her acceptance letter to veterinary school at the University of Georgia.

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Candace has been married to her husband, Jay, since 2008. Prior to entering veterinary school, they had their first child, Conner. He is now 6 years old and soon to be a first grader. They recently welcomed their newest bundle of joy, Maddie (9 months). They have a golden retriever named Cruz and two cats, Lily and Daisy.

Candace grew up in Woodstock, GA and now resides in Suwanee. Her special interests include surgery and pain management, specifically in patients with osteoarthritis. Her hobbies include reading mystery novels, decorating, watching sports, and spending time with her family.

Jessie Nelson, DVM

Veterinarian
Growing up in the foothills of West Virginia, Dr. Jessie developed a great love of the outdoors and animals. Soon she began rescuing strays and helping them find their way home. When Jessie was old enough she started working at a local veterinary hospital as a kennel attendant. From there she worked her way up to become a technician assistant. This is when she knew her passion is helping others care for their pets.

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After Jessie finished her undergraduate degree at Marshall University, she was accepted in to Auburn University’s Veterinary School. While attending vet school she met her husband and they have been married since 2013. After completing their training at Auburn, they both completed a rotating internship at BluePearl Georgia Veterinary Specialists. Since finishing the internship, Jessie has been practicing in Texas and California. Fortunately, she was able to move back home to the southeast.

When Jesse is not in the hospital, she spends times at home with her three fur babies, Athena a chocolate Labrador mix, and Tuz and Amora,  her two cats. She enjoys all outdoor activities and traveling. When possible, Wegl and Athena will join them on the trails.

Jessie loves all aspects of medicine, but mostly she enjoys teaching others about their pets and helping them to keep their pets as healthy as possible.  Her main goal is to make sure her clients fully understand what is going on with their furbabies.

Katie Beth Murray, DVM

Veterinarian

Growing up with a grandfather as a veterinarian, Dr. Katie Beth was exposed to animal care and welfare at an early age, and it has been her lifelong dream of being a veterinarian for as long as she can remember. She grew up with dogs and cats, and started riding horses in elementary school. She received her first horse when she was 13 years old and still has him today. Throughout high school she showed horses competitively in local shows in the area. She went on farm calls with her grandfather, worked at a veterinary clinic in Atlanta, and shadowed other veterinarians. All of these experiences continued to fuel her passion for animals and reassured her that veterinary medicine was the path she wanted to continue to pursue.

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Dr. Katie Beth went to Berry College in Mount Berry, GA where she received her a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science in 2014. During her time at Berry she worked on campus at the dairy, worked for the college veterinarian, and did some research. One of her favorite experiences was studying abroad for a semester in Perth, Australia! After graduating from Berry, she went on to study veterinary medicine at The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.  She was a student ambassador for the college and was involved with the Veterinary Business Management Association as well as the Christian Veterinary Fellowship. She received her doctorate in veterinary medicine in May 2018.

Dr. Katie Beth has a passion for both people and animals and really values the human animal bond. Outside of veterinary medicine, she enjoys spending time with her German Shepherd mix, Trudy, and her Quarter Horse, Bobby. She also enjoys yoga, working out, spending time with family and friends, cooking, and going to the beach.

Olga Smychkovich, DVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Olga was born in Russia and came to this country with her family when she was thirteen. Working with animals was always part of the plan, but she truly became excited about being a veterinarian after working as a veterinary technician for a few years. After graduating from the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine in 2006, she spent a year doing an internship at Georgia Veterinary Specialists here in Atlanta.

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Dr. Olga loves educating clients about wellness and preventative care as well as complex disease processes that might be affecting their pets.  Her goal is to partner with pet parents in making decisions about their pet’s healthcare.

Dr. Olga and her husband met at Georgia Tech where they were both working on undergraduate degrees.  They have been married since 2004 and have two wonderful boys, Anthony and Alex.  They are also parents to an orange kitty named Chertik, a lab mix Rocky and newly adopted yorkie mix named George.

As a family they love to travel the world, go hiking, camping, scuba diving and skiing.

Hannah Williams, DVM

Veterinarian

Raised on a family farm in rural Alabama, Dr. Hannah was always caring for animals. However, it was on a dark and stormy night at the age of five that she watched as a local vet delivered a baby goat through a very difficult birth. This experience was the first to truly spark her passion for veterinary medicine. As a young adult, she volunteered at clinics and zoos to gain experience and continually kindle her love for animals.

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After completing a Bachelors of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University, Hannah attended veterinary school at the University of Florida, where she also achieved a certificate in aquatic animal medicine. To further her training, Hannah recently completed a rotating internship at BluePearl Georgia Veterinary Specialists.

Hannah is a bit of a softy when it comes to her two pampered orange tabbies, Jack and Gracie. In her free time, she enjoys concerts and movies, hiking, trying new restaurants, and spending time with friends, family, and pets.