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JoAnna Pendergrass, DVM

JoAnna Pendergrass, DVM is a veterinarian and freelance medical writer in Atlanta, GA. After earning her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, she pursued a non-traditional career path as a veterinarian.

JoAnna completed a 2-year postdoctoral research fellowship in neuroscience at Emory University’s Yerkes National Primate Research Center, then became a medical writer. As founder and owner of JPen Communications, a medical communications company, JoAnna is passionate about educating pet parents about pet care and responsible pet ownership.

Although she does not currently have any pets to call her own, she loves living vicariously through other pet parents and watching Nat Geo!


Hampton University
- Bachelor of Science, Biology, Summa Cum Laude

Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Medicine

Emory University
- Postdoctoral research fellowship in drug adiction

Continuing education
- Health Writer Hub
- American Medical Writers Association: Statistics for Medical Writers & Editors
- Standford University: Writing in Sciences


Writing in the Sciences