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Dr. David Loughridge
Dr. Loughridge retired from veterinary practice in 2020. As a Murray County native, his roots in the community stretch back to the 1830's. Dr. Loughridge completed his undergraduate education at the University of Georgia, and then graduated from the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine 1978. After graduation, he opened Murray County Veterinary Services, the first veterinary clinic in Chatsworth. Dr. Loughridge practiced mixed animal medicine and surgery, but his special interest was in herd health. He currently helps manage the family herd of a few hundred Angus cattle and several chicken houses. He also helps manage several granddaughters!
Dr. Paula Steele
Dr. Steele grew up in Newport News, VA and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, VA. She then came to the University of Georgia's College of Veterinary Medicine and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1977. She has been at Murray County Veterinary Services since 1980, and is now semi-retired. Dr. Steele sees Small Animal and Exotics cases.
Dr. Rebecca Knowles
Dr. Knowles joined the practice in the summer of 2005, and is originally from Dalton, GA. She graduated from Northwest Whitfield High School before attending Berry College in Rome, Georgia for her Bachelor's degree in Animal Science. She went on to the University of Georgia to complete two Master's degrees (one in Anatomy and one in Behavior), and receive her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from UGA in 2005. Dr. Knowles bought into Murray County Veterinary Service as a co-owner in 2014. She sees predominantly small animal cases, but also cattle, small ruminants, and horses.
Dr. Brannon Rickman, 2015-2020
Dr. Rickman is an Alabama fan who graduated from veterinary school at Auburn in 2015, joining Murray County Veterinary Services after graduation. He hails from Huntsville, Alabama, completing his Bachelor's and Master's in biology at Auburn as well. Dr. Rickman enjoys bovine medicine and surgery, and herd health, but also works on horses and small animals. After 5 great years at Murray County Vet Svc, he and his wife moved to South Carolina to begin the next chapter in their lives. Dr. Rickman left a lasting impact on the clinic and our clients, and he will be missed! We wish him all the best!