The team at Companion Animal Hospital is comprised of highly trained and experienced animal health professionals who have a genuine love for working with pets. Our staff treats every patient with the highest quality of medical care as well as a gentle touch.

Dr. Lee-Anne Mitchell



Dr. Lee-Anne Mitchell purchased Companion Animal Hospital in June of 2018. She is very excited for this new chapter in her life and looks forward to serving all the current and new clients of the practice. She completed her undergraduate degree in Animal Sciences at the University of Georgia and graduated Veterinary school from St George’s University in Grenada. Dr. Mitchell was raised in North Ga but always knew she would plant her roots in South, Ga. Her and her husband moved to the area in 2015 and fell in love with the tight knit community and surrounding country side. Dr. Mitchell has a passion for all animals large and small with a strong interest in emergency veterinary medicine. Her primary focus is on dogs and cats however, she also performs veterinary services on large animals. On her down time Dr. Mitchell enjoys making memories with her growing family, riding horses, traveling and all things tropical.

Shara Slankard


Practice Manager:

She was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL where she became a military wife, eventually bringing her to Albany, Ga. She enjoys meeting and speaking with people and providing top notch customer service. She’s a big FSU fan and loves spending quality time with her family (furry babies too) any chance she gets. Her cheerful personality is contagious and she’s always ready to jump in to help the customers and their pets in any way possible. Shara runs the front desk; helps manage inventory and coordinates many facets of the practice to ensure we are ready and able to see your pets in a timely manner. She is a real asset & we’re quite sure you’re going to enjoy meeting her.

Anne Schoch



After many years away, Anne has returned to the veterinary field she enjoys so much. She enjoys meeting the clients and their pets and learning everything she can to be the best in her field. She enjoys cooking, collecting old cookbooks and antique kitchen ware and of course spending time with her many furry children. We are so very happy Anne decided to return to the veterinary care field! She will be one of the first faces you meet when you come visit us. Anne adores the animals and for the first time is at the front desk meeting all the wonderful clients. She had many years experience as a veterinary assistant and we often draw on her experience to fill-in as a veterinary assistant also. Anne prides herself on being thorough and takes the time needed to ensure the Dr. knows exactly what the pet owner’s concerns and needs are for each visit.

Leah Green


Veterinary Assistant

Erica Minatee


Erica is a 2021 graduate from Fort Valley State University with a Bachelor in Veterinary Technology. She also did a 4 month clinical rotation at UGA in the Veterinary teaching hospital. She primarily focuses on dogs and cats but has a strong interest in large animals. She grew up in the small city of Baconton, GA. She has always had a passion for animals. On her down time she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

Lexy Short

Veterinary Technician

Lexy has been with Companion since Oct 2021. She loves working with animals it has always been her passion. She has been working in the Veterinary field since 2018 and has loved every minute of it. She says the best part is everyday she gets learn and see new things. Lexy has 3 dogs and 1 cat but, loves all kinds of animals. In here spare time Lexy loves to fish, go on vacation, and spend time with all her fur family.

Katie Cannon

Kennel Tech

Katie was born and raised here in south Georgia and joined the Companion Family in February of 2020. As a Kennel Tech she takes care of the animals and keeps the hospital clean. She has a passion for rescuing animals, having adopted two pets of her own. In her free time she enjoys kayaking, camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities.

Angelica “Angie” Stevens