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Dogwood Animal Hospital

2050 Sugarloaf Parkway
Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045

Our Veterinarians

Meet the folks who make it all happen. We see big potential in every moment, & care deeply about what we do every day.

Dr. Ray Caughman, Jr.

Dr. Ray Caughman, Jr.

Practice 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!

Dr. Caughman
Dr. Tiffanie Britt

Dr. Tiffanie Britt


When you grow up spending a lot of time on a farm, you acquire plenty of firsthand experience dealing with animals. Dr. Tiffanie Britt spent several summers working on her grandparents farm tending to a variety of farm animals. Although she was young, she had already made up her mind that she wanted to always be around furry, lovable creatures in some capacity. Today, as a veterinarian at Dogwood Hospital, Dr. Tiffanie has the opportunity to do precisely that!

When exactly did Dr. Tiffanie realize that a future in veterinary medicine awaited her? It started when her pet dog unexpectedly had a litter of puppies. Dr. Tiffanie took a particular liking to a blonde boy puppy, and begged her grandfather to let the puppy stay on his nearby farm, where she could see him whenever she wanted. She considers this to be her first “rescue mission” and it was also the first time she realized that she had a real passion for animals.

Born in Middlebury, Indiana, Dr. Tiffanie’s family eventually moved to Georgia to escape the cold Midwestern winters, which would help alleviate her mother’s health issues. 

Her first experience in the veterinary world came when she worked in the kennel at Lawrenceville Animal Care. This opened her eyes to the reality of the profession, and she found out how much work and time is put into taking care of animals. But she would not be deterred and was determined to pursue a career in the field. She would major in Biology/pre-vet in college, and then go on to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree at University of Georgia. While studying, she continued to gain experience by working in various animal hospitals.

When it comes to picking favorite aspects of her job, Dr. Tiffanie can’t pick only one. She enjoys the variety of tasks that vacillate between surgery and medicine, and she relishes the opportunity to continuously learn and hone her skills. Ultimately, she finds surgery to be the most humbling yet rewarding area of her profession, simply because of the unique challenges that it comes with.

Dr. Tiffanie is married and has four children, along with two dogs, a rabbit and a cat. You can catch her camped out in front of her TV on weekends, loudly cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs college football team. Her siblings live nearby, so she’s able to spend time with them. And to make life come full circle from her childhood, she has dreams of one day opening her own small farm!

Dr. Britt