Our Doctors of Veterinary Medicine


When you bring your beloved pet to Conyers Animal Hospital they will be seen by a veterinarian with decades of experience in working with animals. You can trust that their experience and compassion will provide your pet with the best possible care and outcome.

Dr. Gaines White, DVM


Dr. White, who was raised in Kingsport, Tennessee, has been practicing veterinary medicine for over 20 years. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Wake Forest University in 1986. In 1990 he graduated from the University of Tennessee with his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. He moved to Conyers and become an associate at Conyers Animal Hospital in 1991. in 1996 he became a partner and then sole owner in 2010. Dr. White recently purchased Social Circle Veterinary Hospital and is looking forward to getting to know the clients and their families as he has at Conyers Animal Hospital.

Dr. White is married to Kay Cook the owner of Body Tech Fitness center. Dr. White has two wonderful children Erin and Colin, along with his step children Timothy and Lauren.

Dr. White is a member of the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association. He is a resident of Conyers and has been involved in a variety of organizations to help he community including the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, Conyers Rotary Club, Prevent Child Abuse Rockdale, Walk of Hero’s Veterans Memorial Park, Leadership Rockdale, Conyers/ Rockdale Chamber of Commerce, Hands Across Rockdale and the Rockdale Hospital Foundation. He is currently an active chapter member of Ducks Unlimited. He was named a 5-Star Veterinarian by clients and peers in Atlanta Magazine, November 2010.

His interest include travel, deep sea fishing, upland game hunting, snow and water skiing and fitness.

Dr. Joe Sharp, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Sharp was born in Lithonia, Georgia and grew up in Covington, Georgia. He attended Emory at 1964. Upon graduation he married his sweetheart and joined the United State Air Force where he was a Captain in the Veterinary Corp. He then worked in a private veterinary practice in Macon Georgia for four years before opening Conyers Animal Hospital in 1970.

Dr. and Mrs. Sharp’s roots are well entrenched in Conyers and Rockdale County. His years of service to the community include the Rockdale County Board of Health, the Board of Directors of Main Street Bank, and the Rockdale County Jaycees. He has served on the Board of the Snapping Shoals ENC since 1978. Hew was also one of the founders of the Rockdale Humane Society, and served on the board for a number of years.

He and Mrs. Sharp have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. In his free time Dr. Sharp enjoys fishing, hunting and golf.

Dr. Robin Barnhardt, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Robin Barnhardt, a native of North Carolina, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 1995. She graduated from North Carolina University in 2004 with a Doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Barnhardt became a full time Associate at Conyers Animal Hospital in 2009.

Her current passion is Barnhardt Farms where she lives with her 50 chickens, pygmy goats, three dogs and four cats. Other interests include wake boarding and traveling

Dr. Cheryl Bettis, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Bettis comes to us from Henry County Georgia. She earned her B.S. in Biology from Clayton State University in 2004 and worked as a full-time Veterinary Assistant for a few years prior to beginning Veterinary School at the University of Georgia. She earned her DVM from UGA in 2011. Dr. Bettis participated in the Georgia Veterinary Scholars Program while at UGA and was also the recipient of the Conyers Kennel Club Scholarship.

Her special areas of interest include oncology, dermatology, renal disease management, and soft tissue surgery. Her favorite dog breed is Pit Bulls and she has 3 rescue pits and 3 cats at home.

In her spare time – she enjoys dinner with friends, reading, camping, riding motorcycles, collecting 3-legged animals and traveling with her husband Eddie.

Dr. jessica Kidd, DVM

Associate veterinarian

Dr. Kidd grew up in a small farming community in Central Illinois. Since a young adult, Dr. Kidd could always be found in the local stables working and caring for horses.

With the intentions of pursuing a career in research she obtained a degree from the University of Chicago in Biology. Through her studies in biology, she reconnected with her passion for animals. Finding that she preferred animals to sick people. Dr. Kidd entered veterinary school and obtained a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois in 1998.

After relocating to Atlanta to study at Emory University she began working full time as a Veterinarian. Later she obtained her Masters Degree in Public Health in 2001.

Since graduating veterinary school, Dr. Kidd has worked for corporate veterinary practices, feline only practices and holistic practices, before joining the Conyers Animal Hospital family in 2001.
Her special interests include emergency medicine, feline health, and nutrition. Dr. Kidd is very involved in our community, visiting schools for career day, hosting tours for special interest youth groups, and judging science fair projects. Dr. Kidd personifies the dedication and passion it takes to become an outstanding and renowned Veterinarian. Her love for her patients and clients strengthens with each visit. Dr. Kidd is an alumni member of the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce 2011 Leadership, member of Georgia Veterinary Medical Association and American Veterinary Medical Association. She also practices emergency medicine part time at the East Metro Animal Emergency Clinic. Dr. Kidd has avid interest in physical fitness.

Dr. Georgia Vella, DVM

Associate Veterinarian

After receiving her undergraduate degree in Microbiology form the University of Georgia, Dr. Vella earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine 1993 for the University of Georgia. She joined the Conyers Animal Hospital team in 2007. Dr. Vella maintains a strong interest in the family medicine aspects of veterinary medicine. She is a member of the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Vella lives in Monroe, Georgia and has two sons, Casey and Cody. Dr. Vella shares her home with a menagerie of furred and feathered friends, that include horses, dogs, cats and parrots. In her free time she enjoys fishing, cooking and working out.