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Atlanta Veterinary Eye Clinic (AVEC) has been a long-term dream of founder, Dr. Gail Powell-Johnson. Growing up in Miami, Florida, she had all kinds of pets, including dogs, cats, snakes, and even a pet duck. She worked for her local veterinarian, Dr. Jack Knowles, from junior high through her senior year of high school. A prominent leader in Miami, Florida, Dr. Knowles came from a family of veterinarians (father and brother) and owned a small animal practice.

Working in his practice revealed the intensity of the human-animal bond. He provided a nurturing learning environment for people and their pets. Dr. Knowles served as a mentor and demonstrated the importance in a positive interactive relationship with his clients. He was present throughout Dr. Powell-Johnson’s life during college and graduate school. He even attended her wedding years later.

Dr. Powell-Johnson completed her preveterinary program at Tuskegee University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science. She received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at Tuskegee University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1978. After graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Powell-Johnson entered an internship and residency program in Comparative Ophthalmology at the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine.

Following veterinary and graduate school, Dr. Powell-Johnson’s mission was to create an environment for bringing animals and people together within a healing environment. She opened her veterinary ophthalmic practice in the Avondale Veterinary Hospital, in Avondale Estates, Georgia, in 1981. Dr. George Sanders (owner of Avondale Veterinary Hospital) welcomed an eye expert within his practice. Dr. Powell-Johnson practiced there for seven years.

In 1988, AVEC was relocated down the street to its present location, 33 Avondale Plaza North. Atlanta Veterinary Eye Clinic has been an established business within the Avondale Estates community for the past 33 years. Thanks Jack and George!

Your eye care team at AVEC is waiting to share the love. Boxers Rule!


33 Avondale Plaza North
Avondale Estates, GA 30002

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M W F 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
T Th 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturdays Closed

Sun Closed



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