VCA Columbia Animal Hospital

Jennifer Nehring, PhD DVM, DVM, Medical Director

DVM, University of Minnesota
PhD, University of Washington


Dr. Nehring grew up in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. She received her Bachelors degrees in Chemistry and in Legal Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz, her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Washington in Seattle, and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (mixed animal) from the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities.

Dr. Nehring joined the VCA family several years ago and is the current Medical Director. Her special interests include surgery, medical imaging, comparative medicine, feline medicine, and lifespan medicine. She especially enjoys working with senior pets. She has previously worked with emergency, mixed animal, exotics, wildlife, feline exclusive, and several humane organization clinics.

She is a member of the Georgia Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, Georgia Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Feline Practitioners, and the local YMCA. 

Dr. Nehring currently lives in Martinez with her husband, two children, and five cats. She enjoys yoga, music, art, and family activities.

She enjoys using her scientific knowledge and clinical skills to help our furry family members that cannot speak for themselves.  It is why she does what she does.



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,  we would refer you to the Augusta Animal Emergency Hospital. Their number is (706) 733-7458.