North Springs Animal Clinic

Full Service Animal Hospital

Georgia Veterinarian

Atlanta Veterinarian

Sandy Springs Veterinarian


Pet Boarding

North Springs Animal Clinic is a full service animal hospital providing a full range of medical services, including soft-tissue, orthopedic and oral surgery, preventative dental care, dental x-rays, chemotherapy, and ultrasound.

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Jay M. Empel, DVM | Andrew M. Empel, DVM Phone: (770) 393-9889 | Fax: (770) 393-1975 | Other Locations


  • Mon-Fri: 7:30am to 6:00pm
  • Sat: 7:30am to 12:30pm
  • Sunday - Closed

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As a full service hospital, providing a full range of medical services, including boarding, our mission is to provide the best possible medical and surgical care for your pets. We recognize that you, the pet owner, are the most important link in the pet care chain so we strive to educate you to make informed decisions about your pet’s health care needs.


North Springs Animal Clinic was acquired in May of 2004 and was remodeled in 2007. To maintain our high quality of medicine, we evaluate our facilites, equipment, and protocols often.

We have 6 veterinarians on staff and offer a complete range of services including medical care, dental care, surgery, and boarding.


We can't say enough good things about the doctors and staff at North Springs. They are always kind, professional, and compassionate. Our pets actually seem to enjoy their visits.

- Katja Liendgens

We've been a client of North Springs Animal Clinic for about 5 years. We have really been impressed by the care and attention our dogs have received when we take them in for shots, check-ups, etc. We were especially impressed with the care that was shown to both our dog and me and my husband when we had to make the difficult choice to have our 17 year old beagle put to sleep. [The staff] was very compassionate and [...] showed great concern and care in how they handled this very difficult time for us. We feel that we've found a great caregiver for our animals."

- Mary Kay Thompson

About Us

We are a full service hospital, providing a full range of medical services, including soft-tissue, orthopedic and oral surgery, preventative dental care, chemotherapy, and ultrasound. We also offer quality pet boarding. We are located in the heart of Sandy Springs (Atlanta). We pride ourselves on the personalized attention that we are able to give to all of our clients. Although the majority of our patients are dogs and cats, we are able to care for small mammals such as ferrets, rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, and guinea pigs.

Appointment Policy

We DO require that you make an appointment with one of our doctors Monday through Saturday.

We will see walk-in patients but please be aware that this may require waiting for a doctor to become available as walk-ins are served on a first come first served basis.

We also offer drop-off services where a pet can be left with us for the day to be examined by a veterinarian. Pick-up times can be arranged on a case-by-case basis.

Boarding Policy

We DO require reservations for boarding during the year and we ask that you please make a reservation with our front desk staff if you are planning to board your pet with us over a holiday (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s) as early as possible. We tend to fill up quickly, so the sooner, the better! Runs for larger dogs are in high demand.

Holiday No-show Policy: If a reservation is made for a pet but the pet does not board, a credit card will be charged for a portion of the boarding fees. Please call if you no longer need our services on Holidays!!

Payment Policy

We require payment in full at the time that services are rendered. We accept cash, checks, major credit cards (Discover, MasterCard, VISA, America Express), and traveler’s checks.

Major Credit Cards

Pre-surgical policy

Please bring your pet in to the hospital before 8:30am. There is someone here to check you in as early as 7:30. A technician or your pet’s veterinarian will discuss the procedure and the risks with you as well as answer any questions.

FAQs for Surgery Patients

  • What do I need to do at home before a surgical procedure?
  • No food after midnight the day before surgery. Pets may have water up until 7:00am the day of surgery and then their water bowl needs to be removed.
  • What time do I need to drop off my pet?
  • Please be here by 8:30 am. A technician or your doctor will meet with you to discuss the procedure further or answer any questions.
  • When can my pet go home?
  • Time of discharge will vary with both the procedure and the patient. Most pets will need to spend one night in the hospital.
  • Is it absolutely necessary to do the pre-operative blood work?
  • Yes. Running blood work prior to anesthesia will alert your doctor to potential anesthetic complications (liver, kidney disease, dehydration) and allow him/her to make adjustments to anesthetic protocols. Undergoing anesthesia without blood work puts your pet at greater risk of complications or even anesthetic death.

Hospitalized Patients

Patients that are hospitalized with us overnight are checked on in the evening by a veterinarian.


Dr. Jay Empel Dr. Andrew Empel Dr. Alisan Parnes
Dr. Stacy Triscik Veterinary Technicians Kennel Staff
Front Desk
Dr. Jay M. Empel

Dr. Jay M. Empel

Dr. Jay Empel grew up in Montgomery, Alabama. As a child he raised Manchester Terriers and his determination to take care of his puppies inspired him to become a veterinarian. He obtained his undergraduate degree from The University of Georgia in 1966 and his doctorate degree in veterinary medicine from Auburn University in 1970. In 1973 he founded Vernon Woods Animal Hospital (VWAH) with Dr. Ray Dunahoo. Since that time he has enjoyed watching it grow from a 2-doctor and 1–secretary practice to a practice employing over thirty people, including seven doctors. He currently serves as medical director of VWAH. He loves the personal relationships that he has been able to foster with employees, clients and patients. He has special interests in internal medicine, dermatology, dentistry, and some orthopedic procedures.

Dr. Empel has been married to Elise for over thirty years. They have three children (Andrew, Ivy and Ashley)—two of which are also veterinarians! When not at the clinic he enjoys spending time with his family, exercising, playing sports and watching football. He shares his home with a very loveable golden retriever, Kylie.

Dr. Andrew M. Empel

Dr. Andrew M. Empel

Dr. Empel was born and raised in Atlanta. As a child he was inspired to become a veterinarian by his father and his experiences working at Vernon Woods Animal Hospital. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Florida in 1996 and graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. In July of the same year he joined his dad at Vernon Woods Animal Hospital.

Dr Empel has special interests in internal medicine, dermatology, and orthopedics. In his free time he enjoys attending sporting events and participating in team sports, skiing, boating and spending time with his Golden retriever, Taylor.

Dr. Alisan Parnes

Dr. Alisan Parnes

Dr. Alisan Parnes, a Tennessee native, moved to Georgia in the 1980's. Growing up on a farm playing with horses, cats and dogs, she always knew that she wanted to be a veterinarian. After completing her undergraduate degree at Georgia State University, she went on to earn her veterinary degree from the University of Georgia in 2002. She then completed a 1 year medical and surgical internship at Georgia Veterinary Specialists in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Parnes joined North Springs Animal Clinic in 2009 and enjoys all aspects of general practice. She has a special interest in internal medicine, emergency medicine, and holistic care. She is currently pursuing training and certification in veterinary acupuncture.

On her off time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and two boys. Her 4 legged children include 3 cats and a chocolate Lab named Chewie.

Dr. Stacy Triscik

Dr. Stacy Triscik

Dr. Stacey Triscik received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1997 from Oklahoma State University (Go Cowboys!). She has been caring for patients at North Springs Animal Clinic since 2010. Her professional interests include small animal internal medicine, surgery, and preventative medicine.

Dr. Triscik and her husband, Michael, have 2 children, a daughter, Karson, and a son, Mekhi. They also share their home with a crazy, fun-loving, black labrador retriever named Jet. In her spare time, Dr. Triscik enjoys watching movies with her family, trying new recipes and restaurants, and exploring their new city of Atlanta.

Veterinary Technicians

  • Priscilla Hackney
  • Diane Smith
  • Kim Camp
  • Amy McDonnell

Kennel Staff

  • Tom Warren
  • Mackenzie Justice

Front Desk

  • Scarlett Speedling
  • Cheryl Brambrut
  • Jennifer Phillips
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