Mandy Cox, DVM, Owner

Dr. Mandy Cox is the founder and owner of Southern Hearts Animal Hospital. With over 16 years of experience as a veterinarian in the Athens-Clarke-Oconee area, she is distinguished among her peers by being voted the 2019 Best of the Best Veterinarian of the Year.


Dr. Cox graduated as an Honor Graduate, magna cum laude, from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. This was preceded by being selected as a Presidential Scholar at Shorter College, Rome, Georgia in 1996. In 1999, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, being awarded Top Honor Graduate (4.0 GPA), graduating summa cum laude.


Dr. Cox has received numerous awards and honors during her path to a career in veterinary medicine. She was selected as a Georgia Governor’s Honor Scholar in Science. She is a four-time State 4-H Winner in Wildlife, Wildlife Judging, Achievement and Leadership. She was also a National 4-H Winner. These 4-H achievements earned her the title “Georgia Master 4-H’er”.  She was a recipient and grant winner of the National Young American Award from the National Boy Scout Council in 1998 for her achievement, citizenship, and leadership skills. This award is the highest honor given annually to only five aspiring young persons nation-wide. National BSA Council.


Dr. Cox in a native of Lilburn, Georgia. Living, studying, and working in the area for 20 years, she now lives in Watkinsville with her husband and two daughters. Her hobbies include crafting, sewing, decorating, and participating in community and family activities. She shares her home with two dogs, one cat, and one shy hermit crab.


Dr. Cox believes in setting high goals and getting to work to achieve them. She enjoys getting to know her clients and their pets and looks forward to many years of veterinary service to her community.    

Jo Anne Mathias, DVM

A California native, Dr. Jo Anne Mathias has resided in the Athens area for over 28 years and has adopted the ways of the south as her own. Dr. Mathias moved to Georgia in 1989 to attend the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.  She obtained her DVM in 1993 and chose to remain in the Clarke/Oconee county area to raise her family and work as a mixed animal practitioner.  Dr. Mathias opened and operated Central Oconee Animal Clinic for 9 years. Dr. Mathias is pleased to continue her practice under the name of Southern Hearts Animal Hospital with Dr. Cox.  Dr. Mathias has amazing compassion for her patients and clients. 

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