Our Veterinarians

Dr. Ray Caughman, Jr.

Owner, Veterinarian

Dr. Caughman knew from the age of six that he wanted to become a veterinarian when he grew up. After his first dog, a collie named Buffy, was diagnosed with pancreatitis, he wanted to help all animals ease their pain. Now he does just that as a full-time Veterinarian and the Owner of Dogwood Animal Hospital!

Ray grew up in rural Lexington County, South Carolina, surrounded by many animals. He attended Clemson University, graduating with a degree in Animal Science in 1987. In 1991, he received his DVM from the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Throughout 1992, he worked on a large-animal Anesthesia Residency at UGA’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and then took an associate position at an animal hospital in Snellville, Georgia in 1992.

Dr. Caughman has resided in Gwinnett County since 1992, and built and opened Dogwood Animal Hospital in July of 1998. As a veterinarian, he enjoys anesthesia, internal medicine cases, and using bloodwork, x-rays, and ultrasound. Since 2001, he’s been very passionate about the use of a CO2 cutting laser for surgical procedures, which helps to reduce swelling and pain.

At home, Ray has a very lazy Bassett hound named Griffin who is terrified of loud noises, thunderstorms, and firecrackers. He also has two housecats named Willie and Bennie who enjoy wrestling each other.

When time permits, Dr. Caughman likes walking, biking, and visiting the beach as often as possible. He also enjoys skeet and sporting clay shooting. In addition, he’s shown Tennessee Walking Horses since he was six years old, and even won the International Amateur Championship in 2002!

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Dr. Amy Young

Veterinarian

Dr. Amy Young grew up on a dairy farm, where caring for animals wasn’t just a hobby—it was a way of life. Ever since she was young, she’s known that a career in veterinary medicine was the perfect fit for her. Dr. Young never gave up on her dream! She’s happy to now serve Lawrenceville’s pets as an Associate Veterinarian with the Dogwood Animal Hospital family.

Dr. Young graduated from Auburn University with her Bachelor’s degree in 1991 before receiving her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine there in 1994 and launching her career in private practice. She moved to this area and started as a member of the Dogwood Animal Hospital team in 2013, and she’s been tending to the area’s pets here ever since. Dr. Young particularly enjoys the family-centered atmosphere of the hospital, and never tires of meeting new pet owners and their furry loved ones.

In her time away from work, Dr. Young stays active on various boards around town and is also a member of the Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troop Leaders. She has three children and shares her home with a Labrador retriever, a Catahoula, and a pair of cats.

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