Our Team

Blue Ridge, GA Veterinarians

Dr. Garry A. Day, Veterinarian/Managing Partner

Blue Ridge, GA veterinarian

Dr. Garry Day is one of our veterinarians, co-owners and also the managing partner who takes care of the business aspect of our practice. He joined the practice in June of 1981 after graduating from the University of Tennessee. He is a member of the American and Georgia Veterinary Medical Associations.

Dr. Day grew up and attended high school in Copperhill, Tennessee. From an early age he became interested in science and medicine and chose the veterinary field after raising Golden Retrievers as a lad. At UT he majored in Animal Science and then was accepted into the College of Veterinary Medicine even before completing his undergraduate degree. He then returned “home” to practice.

Some of his favorite and most satisfying things about being a veterinarian include “practicing good quality medicine and seeing positive outcomes as a result, establishing long term relationships with clients and their pets, and helping Ocoee Animal Hospital grow from its inception as a small animal hospital in an underserved area into one of the premier practices in the region”.

Dr. Day enjoys spending time with his wife and best friend Linda, and as much time as he can with his two grown daughters, Emily and Laura. He and Linda currently have two spoiled cats named Striper and Tennessee. When not at work you might find him hiking, backpacking, swimming, scuba diving, exercising, traveling, watching college sports, or reading.

Dr. Michael J. Zager, Veterinarian/Co-Owner

Blue Ridge, GA veterinarian

Dr. Michael J. Zager is one of our veterinarians and co-owners of Ocoee Animal Hospital. He’s been with us since 1979 and his professional interests include large animal medicine and surgery, including dentistry and reproduction. He’s a member of the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

Dr. Zager received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He also completed his pre-vet in food and animal science. He completed veterinary school at the University of Georgia of Veterinary Medicine in 1979 focusing on veterinary care.

When he was 14 years old, Dr. Zager worked in a veterinary hospital for the first time. He cleaned cages, walked dogs, maintained landscaping, and anything the doctor asked him to do. This same doctor also stressed the importance of hard work, dedication, compassion, and always striving to learn more, which helped Dr. Zager choose an education in veterinary care from a young age.

At home, Dr. Zager has one yellow Labrador retriever and one black and white cat that he takes care of alongside his wife, Cindy. Dr. Zager and Cindy enjoy hiking, traveling, and going to the theater. They have two grown daughters that they’re extremely proud of.

Dr. Fran Miske, Veterinarian/Co-owner

Blue Ridge, GA veterinarian

Dr. Miske was born and raised in upstate New York.

She graduated from veterinary school at the University of Tennessee in 1987.

She began practicing medicine in Blue Ridge, Georgia that same year.

Dr. Fran lives on a farm in Fannin County Georgia.

She has 8 horses, 9 dogs and numerous cats.

In her leisure time she enjoys cooking, traveling and horsemanship.

Dr. Philip Arnall, Veterinarian/Co-owner

Blue Ridge, GA veterinarian

Dr. Arnall joined Ocoee Animal Hospital in 1992 and became a co-owner in 2003. His love for animals began when he was in 3rd grade and his family moved to the outskirts of a small town in middle Georgia. When a stray female German Shepherd mix showed up at the new home half-starved with a rusty chain around her neck, Philip gladly assumed responsibility for his very own first dog, Trudy. A natural “pack rat,” Dr. Arnall still has that rusty chain.

He attended the University of Georgia where he met his future wife, Lydia, in 1984. They married in 1988 before graduating from vet school there in Athens, GA in 1990. Philip’s appreciation for felines was initiated by a statement made by Lydia leading up to their wedding day - “We will have cats.” Emmaline, a Siamese/gray tabby cross was the first of many kittens rescued or adopted by the Arnalls.

Dr. Arnall enjoys all aspects of veterinary practice but especially the interaction with our wonderful clients and the exceptional staff at Ocoee Animal Hospital. His areas of interest include small animal surgery and dentistry.

Philip and Lydia have been blessed with 2 wonderful children – Darcy, 24, and Ethan, 20 with whom they love to travel on road trips, train rides and cruises in and around our great nation. When not at work, Dr. Arnall enjoys DIY projects, hiking, coin-collecting, and eating BLT sandwiches made with vine-ripened tomatoes picked from his garden every summer.

Dr. Deanna Belyeu, Veterinarian

Blue Ridge, GA veterinarian

Dr. Belyeu is our associate veterinarian who joined the team in July 2000. Her education includes an undergraduate from Auburn University in Microbiology and Animal/Dairy Science in 1993 and 1995 before continuing to attend Auburn University for veterinary school, graduating Cum Laude in 2000. She’s a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association.

“Being a veterinarian is a journey,” Dr. Belyeu says. “Through my journey, I have grown in knowledge, personal strength, compassion and a desire to serve. My journey has its challenges, along with happy and sad times. I continue to be amazed at the wonderful relationships and the many incredible experiences I have been blessed to be a part of during this journey.”

Dr. Belyeu thanks her father, a retired veterinarian, for her inspiration and influence into the veterinary world. Because of his dedication and passion, alongside her childhood experiences, she is now in a professional field she loves. She also volunteered at the Fayetteville and Lynchburg Animal Clinics as a teenager and worked with research dogs and in the Auburn Small Animal Pharmacy.

At home, Dr. Belyeu and her spouse, Shannon, care for their four children and five pets. Their children, Analea, Austin, Teagan, and Walker, “are incredible children. They each bring their unique personalities to our family and we rarely have a dull moment.” Their five pets include three dogs, Atticus (a Chihuahua), Cash (a Labrador mix), and Yeti (Maltese mix), a domestic short-haired cat named Kona, and a Flemish giant rabbit named Mo. Dr. Belyeu’s interests include spending time with her family and friends, watching college (SEC) football, traveling, working in the yard, and visiting wineries and microbreweries.

Dr. Desiree’ Echo Stensing, DVM – Associate Veterinarian

Blue Ridge, GA veterinarian

Growing up in Eufaula, AL, Dr. DES inherited her love and compassion for animals from her mother. Her family always had a menagerie of pets in the house and couldn’t imagine doing anything else for a living!

Dr. Stensing graduated from Auburn University in 2011, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Microbial, Cellular, and Molecular Biology. She attended Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2015. She joined Ocoee Animal Hospital as an Associate Veterinarian June 2015.

She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association (GVMA). Her veterinary interests include emergency cases, infectious diseases, shelter medicine, internal medicine, and ultrasound. She also enjoys cytology and “anything involving a microscope!”

Dr. DES most enjoys “seeing the difference (she) can make in the quality of a patient’s life.” Whether it is getting an older arthritic patient on daily pain medication, so he/she can play again, or prescribing antibiotics for an infection, helping her patients live happier and healthier means the world!

At home, Dr. Stensing is a pet parent to 1 cat, Crackers, and 3 rambunctious, misbehaving mixed breed dogs: Buddy, Lotus & Emma. Her free time is spent outdoors hiking, camping, fishing, kayaking, shooting guns and playing racquetball. Indoors, she enjoys movies, painting, crafting and home renovations with her husband, Brannon.

Dr. Jenny Farr, DVM - Associate Veterinarian

Blue Ridge, GA veterinarian

Dr. Farr graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology. She then attended the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2017. After graduation, she began working as an associate veterinarian at Ocoee Animal Hospital.

While in veterinary school, Dr. Farr was a volunteer and intern with with Georgia Aquarium. She also served as a veterinary assistant at Ball Ground Animal Hospital. Dr. Farr is a member of the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Christian Veterinary Mission. Her professional interests include surgery, internal medicine and exotics.

She was drawn to veterinary medicine initially due to the belief that she could “help people by helping a member of their family” and continues to be motivated by the desire to create lasting relationships with both her patients and clients.

When she is not at our animal hospital, Dr. Jenny Farr spends her free time with her husband Christopher. They enjoy reading, watching movies, listening to music, and hiking. They share their home with two pups, Koda and Flynn.

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