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Dr. Julie Lugar holds Emmitt, a patient at New Georgia Animal Hospital.

New Georgia Animal Hospital owner and founder Dr. Julie Lugar has retired after 22 years of operating the clinic on Villa Rica Highway.

Lugar said she has had a “wonderful and fulfilling career for over 31 years, caring for thousands of animals, raising two wonderful children and is now looking forward to pursuing a number of her other passions in life with her husband, Billy.”

The Cobb County resident said she knew it would be time to retire when she felt she could simply “slip out the back door” and know that New Georgia Animal Hospital would continue to serve the Paulding County community “with loving compassion and quality care,” a news release stated.

Lugar’s final day was April 30. Dr. Kelsi Alexander took over the ownership of the clinic at 6101 Villa Rica Hwy. in Dallas with the same staff members, the release stated.

Lugar’s dream of becoming a veterinarian began in her early days growing up on a rural farm outside Montgomery, Alabama, the news release stated.

Surrounded by animals of all shapes and sizes, her love and dedication for her animals grew and she knew at a very early age that she was going to be a veterinarian someday, the release said.

She has been practicing veterinary medicine in Georgia since 1988 after graduating from Auburn University Veterinary School the same year.

Lugar conceived and built the New Georgia Animal Hospital in 1997.

The original hospital building was built by the seven Williams brothers more than 60 years ago using hardwoods from the surrounding property, a news release stated. “When you enter the original building, which is now part of the (hospital’s) boarding and luxury suites, you will feel a little of the local history in the original floors, walls and ceilings,” the release stated.

The completion of a new building in 2003 followed and continues in operation today as a modern veterinary hospital.

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