Dr. Joseph R. Kessinger

New York State College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell, NY

Dr. Kessinger and his wife Susie live in Young Harris, Ga with their 15 chickens, 4 horses, 3 dogs, 2 cats, and a hive of honeybees. He is the associate veterinarian here at Union County Pet Hospital.

Dr. Kessinger is a well-respected veterinarian with many years of experience. After graduating Cornell Veterinary School, Dr. Kessinger practiced in Poughkeepsie, NY for 20 years, where he was the owner of a five doctor practice. He retired and moved to the Atlanta area, only to continue practicing veterinary medicine. He became the Director of the Sandy Springs Emergency Clinic and Staff Veterinarian for Internal Medicine.

Dr. Kessinger retired for the second time and moved to the North Georgia area. Dr. Barnes coaxed Dr. Kessinger into returning to work one more time as a welcomed addition to the Union County Pet Hospital. Currently, he is working part-time  and we do not want him retiring on us. xxFingers Crossedxx

His fun-loving, joking, and sincere demeanor makes him a favorite with clients and their pets. He enjoys gardening and beekeeping in his free time and is a proud father and grandfather.


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  • "The caring staff and doctors at Union County Pet Hospital have always been top of the line. We have used UCPH for over 20 years - from 22 yr old French charteaux cat, iguana, found kittens, our 10 yr old Pom and 15 yr old yellow tabby. Thank yall for all the care through the years."
    Charlotte R.
  • "We are visiting from Florida and took our cat in for his nails to be clipped. A very nice experience. Debra the technician was wonderful with our fur baby. Will definitely be using them again. The Vet came in to greet the cat too which was very impressive. Great place to take your pets!"
    Gail K.