Our Veterinarians

Dr. Annette Van Goosen

Owner, Veterinarian

As a shy child, Dr. Annette Van Goosen always felt that her best friends were her family’s cats and dogs. By the time she was in high school, Dr. Van Goosen was spending most of her free time training and showing her Dachshunds. The feelings of accomplishment and pride she got from helping pets made one thing very clear: Dr. Van Goosen was destined for a career in animal care!

Born in Indiana, Dr. Van Goosen moved with her family to the Atlanta area when she was in the fourth grade. After high school, she attended the University of Georgia to receive her degree in poultry science, then earned her DVM degree from the University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. After working as an Associate Veterinarian for 20 years in Smyrna and Marietta,

Dr. Van Goosen bought Town and Country Animal Hospital in 2006 and has been happily practicing veterinary medicine here ever since. She has a special passion for pediatric medicine; the feeling she gets when bottle feeding a baby animal is like no other!

Dr. Van Goosen and her husband, JD, have four children: Sara, Alison, Jonathan, and Aimee. At home, Dr. Van Goosen shares her life with Pipsqueak, a Chihuahua/Dachshund mix; two Belgian Malinois dogs named Twister and Malaika; Duncan the cat; five horses who go by Lisa, Choco, April, Lio, and Chevy; and a pair of goats named Dottie and Carmel.

When she isn’t caring for pets here at the hospital or spending time with her own furry companions, Dr. Van Goosen enjoys dancing and hiking. She and Aimee have been section-hiking the Appalachian Trail, and have completed the entire Georgia trail and half of the North Carolina portion!

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Dr. Elizabeth Haggard

Associate Veterinarian

Ever since she was a young girl, Dr. Elizabeth Haggard longed to know how the body worked and how to best treat illnesses. After reading James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small, she knew she wanted to turn her medical and scientific interests toward animals! Now Dr. Haggard is an Associate Veterinarian here at Town and Country Animal Hospital.

Originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee, Dr. Haggard began working in an animal kennel while she was still in high school. She began working at the local Humane Society during her senior year, then attended Tennessee Technological University to study agriculture. While applying for veterinary school, she discovered she could head overseas to study animal medicine and didn’t waste a moment signing up. On Valentine’s Day, 2007, she found out that she had been accepted to the University of Glasgow’s veterinary program!

After earning her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in Scotland, Dr. Haggard moved back to the United States and joined the team here at Town and Country Animal Hospital in the fall of 2013. She has special interests in internal medicine cases and preventative healthcare education, and also enjoys watching adorable puppies and kittens grow up over the years.

Dr. Haggard has owned horses since she was very young, and she still loves riding when she has the chance. She even used to train and show several of her own horses, and placed above those who were professionally trained! Dr. Haggard also enjoys cooking, scuba diving, and spending time with her horses, cats, and dogs.

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