Your Appointment

Your Appointment

Appointment Information

Patients are normally referred to North Georgia Veterinary Referral Practice by their family veterinarians. Your family veterinarian will either provide you with a completed referral form to bring with you at the time of your appointment or the referral form will be faxed prior to your appointment date. The referral form describes your pet's problem, lists medications that your pet is taking and includes all relevant diagnostic and laboratory test results.

If you are being referred by your family veterinarian and need to make an appointment, please call North Georgia Veterinary Referral Practice at (770) 426-2260.

Appointments with Dr. Kinney are generally between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you are unable to make an appointment between these hours, we are happy to work around your schedule. Don't delay. Please schedule your appointment as soon as possible. If you are unable to keep your appointment, please give us at least a 24-hour notice. We can always reschedule your appointment.

Appointment Day

Be sure to bring all relevant information, including the Referral Form filled out by your veterinarian, x-rays, blood test results, and medications that your pet is taking.

Please arrive 20 minutes early to complete information for your pet’s medical record.

Please have your pet controlled on a leash or in a carrier.

Please do not feed your pet for 12 hours prior to your appointment (except for very young animals, animals with diabetes or as directed otherwise). However, you may give your pet water. Continue your pet's normal medication schedule and bring all medications with you.

When You Arrive

After you check in with the receptionist, the veterinarian will meet with you and your pet. A physical examination will be performed on your pet, a complete medical history will be taken and your pet's condition will be evaluated. The veterinarian may also perform additional examinations or diagnostic tests in one of our diagnostic areas.

At this point, our medical team will put together an assessment of your pet's treatment options, plans and costs. The doctor and technicians will discuss this with you, and together you will agree to a treatment plan for your pet.


We are happy to discuss exam and visit fees with you when you make your appointment over the phone. Unfortunately we cannot provide you with a complete estimate of your charges until all diagnostic procedures are completed. Before any tests or surgery is performed, you will receive an estimate of the charges.

North Georgia Veterinary Referral Practice is a private veterinary facility and payment is required at the time services are rendered. For your convenience, payment may be made in the form of cash, check, Mastercard, Visa, Discover or American Express cards. We also accept CareCredit.