Nelwyn Stone, DVM
Dr. Stone is semi-retired and has been working for Affordable Veterinary Center, LLC since 2016. She is a native of South Carolina and earned her B.S. degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Zoology in 1976 from Clemson University. After completing her Master's degree, she worked at the Greenville Zoo as a Curator of Birds and Big Cats. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from The University of Georgia of Veterinary Medicine in 1981. While in veterinary school she was awarded The John Morton Award for Humane Animal Care (large animal). She completed an externship in zoological medicine at Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, S.C.
Dr. Stone moved to Georgia in 1981. She was in various private practices in metro Atlanta as a small animal/ avian/ exotic animal practitioner. From 2002- 2005 she taught biology at Gwinnett Technical College as an adjunct professor in the Veterinary Technology Program.
In 2003 Dr. Stone was appointed the Assistant State Veterinarian of the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) and was the Animal Emergency Coordinator for the State and chief veterinary advisor to the Animal Protection Division. She was instrumental in initiating the Reportable Animal Disease System (RADS) website for the GDA to report animal diseases. She is the author of the brochure "Equine Strangles- Now a Reportable Disease" and creator of the RADS poster, both of which appear on the website. She also assisted with writing the 2004 Georgia Veterinary Practice Act for veterinarians in the state of Georgia.
She is the author of the book Agrisecurity: Protecting Georgia's Agriculture and Food (Copyright 2005, Boca Publications). She is the author of the Emergency Support Functions Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy for Georgia emergency operations plan (GEOP) Manual for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) for responding to agriculture crises in the State. She organized and moderated a Statewide veterinary conference on "Foreign Animal Diseases and Emergency Management" in 2004. She has authored numerous other articles on pet care, companion animal diseases, the RADS system, and Mad Cow disease for various professional publications and newspapers. Her current interests in veterinary medicine include internal medicine and infectious disease. She lives in Woodstock with her husband Bruce Mitchell, her feline daughter Sara Jayne, and her avian son Rudy McTootie.