Juli Peters, DVM – Medical Director

Digital Anesthetic MonitoringDr. Peters grew up in the “Horse Capital of the World” of Ocala, Florida. After various endeavors she found herself in Augusta, GA pursuing her long-time veterinary career aspirations. She became Practice Manager and Head Technician at Augusta Animal Emergency in 2000 and played an integral role in the evolution of the clinic’s medical philosophy.

She worked at AAE while completing her Bachelor of Science in Biology degree at Augusta State University, and continued working at AAE until her acceptance into veterinary school.

Dr. Peters is a 2009 graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and she completed her clinical year at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Upon graduation, she returned to Augusta, GA as an associate emergency veterinarian at Augusta Animal Emergency. Her special interests include emergency medicine, surgery, ultrasound, client education and staff enrichment.

George E. Runnels, DVM

Animal ClinicDr. Runnels acquired Augusta Animal Emergency on May 1, 2007, but he is not new to the area’s veterinary community. He has been a staff veterinarian at AAE since 2003 and has practiced veterinary emergency medicine since 2000.

He graduated from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. Dr. Runnels’ career in emergency and critical care started in Savannah, GA under the mentorship of Dr. Paul Shealy, DVM, ACVS.

When the opportunity presented itself to assume ownership of AAE, he took it because of his love for the challenges associated with pet emergency and critical care.

Dr. Runnels and his family moved to Aiken in 2003 for their love of the CSRA and to bring his family closer to his wife’s parents who have lived in Aiken, SC for over 30 years.

“The loyalty and dedication of the staff was the biggest reason for me to purchase Augusta Animal Emergency. I have never worked in a hospital with such team spirit and quality of care. This staff has allowed my professional growth to flourish beyond my expectations. I approach every case as if the patient were one of my pets and attempt to treat each and every patient the way I would treat my own animals seeking emergency care.”

Shelby O’Neal, LVT – Practice Manager

animal ultrasound

Shelby has worked in the veterinary profession since 1991, and has been involved in emergency and critical care for more than 20 years.

She entered college as a wildlife biology major, studying at College of Charleston and Montana State University before deciding and to attend the Veterinary Technology program at Tri-County Technical College in Pendleton, SC. Shelby graduated in 1997 as a nationally Licensed Veterinary Technician, and went on to teach as an Adjunct Professor within the Veterinary Technology program for several years before realizing she missed the excitement of working in a veterinary practice. She has worked in several progressive general practices in Upstate South Carolina and Georgia, but is most stimulated by the diversity and exhilaration achieved in emergency veterinary medicine.

Shelby returned full time to Augusta Animal Emergency in 2002 as a technician and became Practice Manager in 2005.

“I have always enjoyed the many challenges and accelerated pace that working in an emergency practice has afforded me as a licensed technician. Working at Augusta Animal Emergency has given me a complete understanding and appreciation of compassionate veterinarians and staff who offer their very best every single day. The quality of veterinary medicine and level of care provided at AAE is exceptional and unsurpassed. I am proud to be a part of such a wonderful and dynamic team of veterinary professionals!”

Lisa Williams, LVT & Assistant Manager

emergency animal careLisa is a graduate of Tri County Technical College in Pendleton, South Carolina. The Veterinary Technician Program there led her to Morehead State in Kentucky where she pursued Environmental Studies. Making the decision to return to the veterinary field, Lisa has more than 29 years of experience as a licensed veterinary technician with more than 15 years in emergency and critical care.

Lisa’s son attends the Texas A&M Academy and she has two dogs, Jake and Cricket.

“The bonds and relationships formed at AAE are those that will last a life time. At Augusta Animal Emergency our team is family – this family extends to many of our patients and their two-legged loved ones. It is an honor to be a part of the growth of this profession and reap the great rewards that come with its challenges.”

John Cuthbertson, LVT

endoscopyJohn graduated from Newberry College in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Veterinary Technology. John maintains a strong dedication to the care of emergency & critical care patients with strong interests in cytology and anesthesia.

He currently has two dogs, Bizzy, a pekingese mix and Diego, a beagle mix. John is a loving husband and father of two wonderful boys. His free time is spent with his family and he is an avid football fan.

Stephanie Harville

animal clinicStephanie is a native of Augusta. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2001 and has been working in the veterinary field since that time. Since joining the AAE family in September 2009, she has enjoyed the opportunity to broaden her knowledge and technical skills so vital in the treatment of challenging cases and the fast paced world of emergency medicine. She feels a great sense of satisfaction working in an environment in which the patient is truly the central focus.

In her free time, Stephanie enjoys caring for her many animals on a small farm she shares with her husband and two daughters. Her hobbies have included, a mobile petting farm business that included a list of animals ranging from the typical dog and cat to llamas and pot-bellied pigs. Many of her Saturdays were spent introducing children to the joys of farm life. Watching her daughters grow up with and learn to love animals as much as she does, is very satisfying.

Coco Holt

emergency vetCoco began her career in Veterinary medicine in 2000 after graduating high school, where she worked for a day practice as a receptionist, increasing her experience and knowledge within the field. In 2003 she graduated from Aiken Technical College with a Veterinary Assistant certificate. After  Aiken Technical College she took some time off from the veterinary field to grow her family. In 2005, she returned  to the profession. She joined the team at Augusta Animal Emergency in 2013 as a full-time veterinary assistant where her goal is to expand her knowledge of animal care.

When not caring for the pets at Augusta Animal Emergency, she enjoys spending time with her family. She also has a passion for photography and strives to pursue and grow her business, C2 Photography & Design, as a newborn and pet photographer. (706.373.2100 or 706.294.0983)

Jennifer Rundel


Jennifer was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Augusta, Georgia in 2001.  She graduated from Augusta State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.  She has been working in the veterinary field since 2003.  She joined the AAE family in March 2012 and has enjoyed growing her knowledge and technical skills in emergency veterinary medicine.  She is grateful to be working at a practice in which the patient receives such high-quality care.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling and outdoor activities while spending quality time with her husband.  She has two Golden Retrievers, Hailey, Hannah, one mixed breed, Dixie,  and a cat named Bandit.