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Our highly skilled, compassionate Veterinarians believe in the human-animal bond and strive to support this relationship while providing high quality, customized veterinary care for your pets. 

Dr. Rory Hekking

Medical Director

email: roryhekking@etowahvets.com

Dr. Hekking grew up  playing in the creeks of Virginia, catching crayfish, salamanders, and anything else that crossed his path (including a snapping turtle!). He didn't realize the depth of his connection to animals until his dog, Sable, passed away suddenly while in high school. It was at that time that he dedicated himself to helping owners and pets develop their special connection and to keep it going as long as possible. He has developed special interests in dental health and caring for senior pets.

Dr. Hekking became a die-hard fan of Brigham Young University while earning his undergraduate degree from the school. After graduation he moved across the country back to Virginia to get his veterinary degree from Virginia Tech. He has been in Georgia ever since he graduated and loves spending time both in the city and the mountains with his wife, two daughters, and spaniel mix, Olive. In his free time you will catch him absorbing any and all sports, fishing, and playing with his family.


Dr. Cindy Cheng

Email: cheng@etowahvets.com

Dr. Cheng wanted to be a veterinarian since she was a little girl growing up in Norfolk, Virginia. While growing up her cat passed away from a disease that could have been prevented with a vaccine. Unfortunately, her family was never even offered the vaccine. It was at that time that Dr. Cheng decided she wanted to become a veterinarian so that other pet owners didn't have to deal with the same heartache. She attended Virginia Tech for her undergrad and earned her DVM from the University of Georgia. She liked Georgia so much, she decided to stick around. Since then she has been with Etowah Veterinary Hospital for over 30 years and developed special interests in surgery and preventative healthcare. She is dedicated to ensuring her patients are offered the highest level of care to ensure her patients live a long, happy life. Dr. Cheng treats her patients with lots of love and cares for them as if they were her own.

Dr. Cheng has a cat, Shorty, and enjoys spending time with her husband Paul. In her time away from the clinic you will often find her on the water kayaking or walking around some of the local botanical gardens. She is also an avid sports fan, outdoor photographer, and reader.


Dr. Jennifer Hiland

Dr. Hiland started with our practice as a veterinary assistant in 1996. She worked through high school and on breaks during college, rotating between our hospitals. After finishing her undergraduate work at The University of Georgia, she attended veterinary school at St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies. Dr. Hiland started as a veterinarian here in June of 2007. Since then, she has worked between all four hospitals. 

She has two dogs: Sashimi (Boston Terrier mix) and Sophia (Bernese Mountain Dog). She also has a cat, Chops, and a horse, Buckshot. In her free time Dr. Hiland enjoys spending time with her children and traveling. In addition to interests in general surgery and medicine, she is certified in animal chiropractic care.