Margaret and Joseph Fitzgerald, DVM, Suwanee Animal Hospital

Margaret and Joseph Fitzgerald are the mother-and-son team behind Suwanee Animal Hospital, which recently moved to a new, larger building in the heart of the city, The pair are respected in the community for their compassion and expertise in veterinary medicine.

What inspired you or led you to your current career?
Margaret: When I was a teenager, I was taking care of an injured cat and took it to the vet. We couldn’t save him and I wished there was something I could do. I knew then that I wanted to be a veterinarian. I love what I do!
Joseph: My family opened the animal hospital when I was in the fourth grade, and I grew up in the practice and never found any other career that I cared for as much.

What is your favorite restaurant in Suwanee and what do you love there?
Margaret: Outback Steak House because I like their food.
Joseph: Chick-fil-A because of their market salads.

How long have you worked or lived in Suwanee?
Margaret: I have worked in Suwanee for 30 years.
Joseph: Since 2007 when I graduated vet school.

What has kept you here?
Both: Our vet practice and our love for the town of Suwanee.

How big is your family?
Margaret: I have three grown children and 8 horses.
Jospeh: My wife and I have many pets: three cats, 2 parakeets, 3 chickens and about 20 ducks!

Who is the most interesting person you’ve met in Suwanee?
Both: City inspectors Mr. Burnette, who gave us a fire hydrant (not hooked up, just for looks) that we had in front of our hospital, and another inspector, Mr. McGahee. Also, Richard Trice.

If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
Margaret: I would like to visit Glacier National Park.
Joseph: Asia. I have never been there.

What is the first movie you remember seeing in a theater?
Margaret: Probably How the West Was Won at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. We used to go to the Saturday morning matinee.
Joseph: I remember a movie with a kid hopping a train in the snow, looking for his dog but I cannot remember the name of it!

What advice would you give a crowd of people?
Margaret: Do the best you can at your job and don’t be lazy. There is no return on mediocre.
Joseph: Do what you are supposed to do.

What is something on your bucket list?
Margaret: I would like to do an end-to-end horseback ride in Maine.
Joseph: Have children someday.

If you could take anyone to lunch (dead or alive) who would that be and where would you go?
Joseph: Da Vinci, if we could speak the same language, and anywhere would do!

What is your favorite music? Name three bands you would like to see.
Margaret: ’70s rock. I like The Beatles, The Monkees, and The Eagles.
Joseph: ’90s punk. Weezer, Screeching Weasel, and NoFX.

What local business makes you the most nostalgic about Suwanee?
Margaret: Dillard’s BBQ ,who used to provide barbecue to the Atlanta Falcons team when they were still in Suwanee. The biscuits were amazing.

What is your favorite thing about Suwanee?
Margaret: The trees! Also, the people, our friendly patients, and the friendliness of the town.
Joseph: Suwanee is clean and friendly.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Margaret: Retired! I will probably stay here in Suwanee close to my family.
Joseph: Still practicing at Suwanee Animal Hospital.

What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
Margaret: I have fox hunted and I like to ride horses and snow ski, and I am a grandma. Veterinarians like to snow ski in the winter because it is our least busy time.
Joseph: I played soccer in Duluth and also for UGA. I have a hearing deficit.

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