Pets Make Our Lives Better… Let’s Return the Favor.

Satilla Animal Hospital partners with you to keep your furry family happy & healthy. Our Waycross veterinarians have served the community since 2008.

Pets Make Our Lives Better… Let’s Return the Favor.

Satilla Animal Hospital partners with you to keep your furry family happy & healthy. Our Waycross veterinarians have served the community since 2008.

Pets Make Our Lives Better… Let’s Return the Favor.

Satilla Animal Hospital partners with you to keep your furry family happy & healthy. Our Waycross veterinarians have served the community since 2008.

Pets Make Our Lives Better… Let’s Return the Favor.

Satilla Animal Hospital partners with you to keep your furry family happy & healthy. Our Waycross veterinarians have served the community since 2008.

Hello world!

At Satilla Animal Hospital, caring for pets is our passion.

Here, we treat pets like family. We understand how important your companion is to you — because they’re there for you through the thick and thin of life, with a wagging tail or a happy purr, and unconditional love. Our goal is to be your partner in taking care of your pet’s physical and mental wellbeing, so you can enjoy many happy years together. So, whether your pet needs a checkup with a doctor… a caring team and top-notch medical treatments when they’re ill… or, some advice on the best food for them or how to care for them at home — we’re here for you! Here, we see dogs, cats, and large animals. And, we’ll strive to make their visit a comfortable and positive experience. Come in and get to know us, and see why both you and your pet will love coming here!

Satilla Animal Hospital

511 S.City Blvd.

Waycross, GA 31501

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Monday8:00 am- 5:30 pm
Tuesday8:00 am- 5:30 pm
Wednesday8:00 am- 5:30 pm
Thursday8:00 am- 5:30 pm
Friday8:00 am- 5:30 pm
Saturday9:00 am- 12:00 pm
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Meet Our Veterinarians

  • Dr. Hank Wheeler

    Dr. Hank Wheeler received his Doctorate from The University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine (Go Dawgs!!) and he has practiced in this area since graduating. He is one of the founding partners of Satilla Animal Hospital. He thoroughly enjoys the many relationships with his patients and their owners. To be the "other" family doctor is a privilege!

    Dr. Wheeler married his high school sweetheart, Anna, and they have been blessed with six children and one fine grandson. He and his family live on a small farm in nearby Pierce County.

    Dr. Wheeler is very active in his church and community. He is involved in mission work, both here and abroad. He is an avid outdoorsman and he loves to piddle on the farm. He and his family have too many dogs, a couple of cats, a small herd of cows, and a few donkeys. Dr. Wheeler and his wife, Anna, feel blessed beyond measure to be a part of the great team at Satilla Animal Hospital and to be a part of this wonderful community.

  • Dr. Kenneth Blount

    Dr. Kenneth T. (Tinker) Blount DVM, graduated from University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine in May 1989. In June 1989 he purchased a small one-man veterinary hospital in his hometown of Waycross, Ga. Over the years he was able to grow that clinic, with the aid of his veterinary partner into what it is today, a four-doctor clinic.

    Today, Satilla Animal Hospital is the largest veterinary hospital in the area, serving multiple counties in Southeast Georgia.
    Dr. Blount enjoys many outdoor activities including fishing, hunting, and land management. He also manages a family owned real estate business. He enjoys spending time with his wife Cristi and their two children Gracelyn and Bridger. They have multiple pets including cats and dogs.

    Dr. Blount has mentored multiple veterinary students over the years and helped encourage many students interested in a veterinary career.

  • Dr. Thomas Griner

    Dr. Thomas Griner was born in Valdosta, GA, but was raised and attended high school in Lakeland, GA. Dr. Griner completed his four-year undergraduate degree in Animal Science at the University of Georgia, before graduating from The University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. Dr. Griner has been an associate of Satilla Animal Hospital in Waycross, GA since that time.

    Dr. Griner’s professional interests include dentistry, surgery and preventative medicine. He thrives on communicating with clients and acting as an advocate for their pet’s health. Dr. Griner also enjoys educating clients about the importance of heartworm disease prevention, and the role that proper nutrition plays in their pets’ lives.

    Dr. Griner is also passionate about communicating with, and encouraging his colleagues. He has visited UGA multiple times as a guest lecturer and was the keynote speaker for the veterinary school’s professional fraternity’s national convention. Here he addressed several issues facing the veterinary community, including student debt and mental health.

    Dr. Griner prefers his spending time with his 3 dogs, 4 cats, wife and their recent addition of a baby boy. His family’s favorite activities include hiking in the mountains of North Carolina along the Appalachian trail, as well as relaxing on the beaches of South Georgia and North Florida’s eastern coast.

  • Dr. Lee Barton

    Dr. Lee Barton received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia in 2015. He also received a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from UGA in 2011. After graduation, Dr Barton worked at a mixed animal clinic in Clarkesville, Ga for 3 ½ years prior to moving to Blackshear. Dr. Barton joined Satilla Animal Hospital in 2018. He practices small animal medicine and surgery.

    Dr. Barton met his wife, Nicole, who is also a veterinarian while in vet school. They have one son, Sawyer, who is 15 months old. They also have a Rottweiler named Titan and a cat named Bella. Dr. Barton enjoys hunting, fishing, kayaking, and cheering on the Dawgs on Saturdays.

Clinic Resources

Your First Visit

No need to be nervous. Here’s what you can expect at your pet’s first visit…

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Have a question for us? Check our list of frequently asked questions, or give us a call at 912-387-4518.

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Payment & Insurance

We accept a variety of payment options, including Care Credit. And, we can help you with pet insurance forms.

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Save time by filling out your forms before you arrive. Use these for your first visit, boarding, and behavior consults.

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  • Excellent service first rate doctors and staff.

    Paul C.


  • Dr. Wheeler, Dr. Barton and the rest of the staff at Satilla Animal Hospital have made a very stressful situation so wonderful and stress-free. I am happy to have them looking after my furbabies.

    Amy S.


  • Dr. Griner is the absolute best. He has always spent quality time with us and Waylon making sure we understand everything. He always asks about things that may not pertain to the visit and makes sure we don’t leave with any unanswered questions. He has also always made sure Waylon is settled down before he starts anything. Follow up after every visit is guaranteed.

    Heather T.


  • Dr. Griner saved our baby! We couldn’t have asked for better care or more compassion. He has followed up with her even months after. You don’t find doctors like this everyday.

    Melissa H.


  • Thank you SAH and Dr Tinker!!! For getting my Pretty Boy in so fast and being quick and diligent to finding the problem and just being so caring. I will only be coming to you for now on. Thank you thank you thank you!

    Mufinz S.


  • Dr. Blount n staff are amazing n caring and has taken care of my furbabies for 12 years.

    Kimberly L.


  • Everyone is so friendly & helpful. They truly care about their patients. We're partial to Dr. Wheeler, but we've never had a bad experience with any of the doctors. We love Satilla Animal Hospital!

    Shannon S.


  • Dr. Wheeler is the best. He does a great job with Kirby & Petey. Thank you for all you do.

    Randy J.


  • Treat animals great. Explain everything in detail. Everyone friendly and helpful. They really care about your furry loved ones.

    Vickie L.


  • I’ve been taking my dogs here for almost 10 years. They do it all, doctor visits, grooming and boarding. They have the friendliest staff and unbeatable service prices. I’ve never had a bad experience! I will never go anywhere else and I would highly recommend Satilla Animal Hospital to anyone!



  • They are the most compassionate people around they really care about you and your animals wouldn't go anywhere else love all the staff there.

    Lena H.


  • I couldn’t ask for a better staff and place! They were so kind and sensitive to our situation. I am thankful for how the staff cares for the animals and the parents especially during the difficult times. There was no rush when we made the decision to put our pup down. They gave us all the time we needed. Thank you Satilla for taking care of our sweet Belle! Y’all are the best!

    Chelsea F.


  • Extremely passionate with experienced staff. Time is never rushed for any questions you may have on your fur baby. Best Vets to treat any animal. I highly recommend Satilla Animal Hospital.

    Dawn O.