Dr. John Neiland - Veterinarian
The bond between a grandfather and grandson can have a long lasting influence.
Dr. Neiland learned this when he spent his childhood summers around his grandfather's horse farm. "His knowledge and respect for animals helped shape my decision to become a veterinarian. It helped shape who I am," said Dr. Neiland.
Dr. Neiland's youthful interest in animal care has extended into adulthood. He has been working as a general practitioner for Jones Bridge Animal Hospital since its inception in 1992. Playing an active role in the bond between families and their pets is his favorite aspect of being a veterinarian. "On our very first day of business, I saw the result of all our planning, energy, and passion. After a busy first day, I gave thanks to the community for supporting what we had created. Long-term relationships with clients and my employees are things that I hold dear. Our community has responded so positively to our growth."
During college breaks and summer vacations, Dr. Neiland worked at a veterinary hospital "doing anything and everything. I learned so much about practice through that experience," he said.
He earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. Currently, he is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, Georgia Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Neiland enjoys all aspects of general practice and has acquired special training in echocardiography and cardiology.
Dr. Neiland prioritizes community service. While in college, Dr. Neiland participated in Campus Ministry. He remains committed to his community and now serves as a leader for a church ministry that serves those recovering from alcohol and drug addictions. His wife, Michele, also shares her time by volunteering in many community organizations while simultaneously maintaining the smooth operations of their farm.
Together, Dr. Neiland and Michele have two grown children - a son, Hayes, and a daughter Claire. For fun, the family raises Nigerian dwarf goats, Golden Retrievers, and chickens. They enjoy spending time with their goldens, Olivia, Eleanor, and Josephine.
Aside from the busy days, Dr. Neiland tries to schedule time to play golf, watch college football, and travel.