VCA Apex Animal Hospital

Dwight Cochran, DVM, Medical Director

DVM, Purdue University


Dr. Cochran is a graduate of the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine and a native of Indiana. He practiced for 20 years in his own mixed practice in west central Indiana and east central Illinois, before accepting the position of Director of Veterinary Services for Rhone Merieux, Inc., Athens, GA.
During his tenure in Athens, GA, Dr. Cochran also taught clinical immunology as an adjunct professor at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. His special interest in practice is practical management of the allergic patient and infectious disease control, prevention, and treatment. He serves as a regulatory consultant to the Executive Director of the North Carolina Board of Veterinary Medicine and is a proponent of effective delivery of services through the appropriate utilization of veterinary technicians.

"I have enjoyed practicing Veterinary Medicine for the last four decades because it has provided a medical challenge to make an accurate diagnosis for a patient that cannot answer questions or provide a description of symptoms. My patients regularly express a genuine appreciation for a lick in the face, a soft paw on my arm or a wet nose in the ear. I personally feel that we have been given dominion over the animal kingdom and that we owe them the best care that can be provided."


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.