Amanda Stevens, DVM
Medical Director, VEG Alpharetta
Southeastern Louisiana University: studied evolutionary biology
Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine: Doctorate of veterinary medicine
BluePearl Veterinary Emergency & Specialty: Small animal surgery and medicine rotating internship
Why Emergency Medicine:
Emergency medicine is thrilling, as you never know what your next case will be. It could be a trauma such as an animal being hit by a car, or something more simple like a “hot spot”. There are always new and challenging cases to keep me on my toes and help me to learn new things constantly.
Amanda Stevens, DVM, is an emergency and intensive care veterinarian, and medical director of VEG Alpharetta. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Louisiana State University (Geaux Tigers), followed by a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Tampa, FL. Her passions are emergency medicine, mentorship and leadership. Dr. Stevens moved to the Alpharetta area to be closer to family. Her small zoo/family includes her husband Cameron, daughter Scarlett, expected daughter Sawyer, 2 rescue dogs and 3 kitty cats. Dr. Stevens looks forward to being involved in the Alpharetta community by helping people and their pets, especially during unexpected and trying times.
Most memorable case:
I had a one year old Shar Pei that came in for internal bleeding. It turns out he had a splenic torsion (the spleen was twisted around on its blood supply), which is a life threatening condition. I had never done a splenectomy on my own before (only with help or in a lab) and it was the middle of the night. The surgery was successful and the pup went home happy and healthy!
Get to know me
What are you happiest doing when you’re not working?
I love spending time with my family, hanging out with friends and playing games, reading, and trying new food.
What has been the most rewarding part of your career/position?
I love to learn new procedures, techniques, or how to manage difficult cases. I would have to say the most rewarding part of my job is mentoring and teaching fellow doctors that are new in the field of emergency. Watching them successfully do something for the first time is an amazing experience.
The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is:
Don’t worry about things that are out of your control. Focus on what you CAN do, make lists, prioritize them, and get moving.