JoAnna Pendergrass, DVM

JoAnna Pendergrass, DVM

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Educations & Trainings

I earned my veterinary degree from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010 and completed a 2-year postdoctoral research fellowship in drug addiction at Emory University’s Yerkes Primate Research Center.

Activity & Honors

2017 Georgia Bio Emerging Leader of the Year


Professional Memberships

American Medical Writers Association



Pathology in practice. Disseminated aspergillosis. Perry JJ, Rech RR, Camus MS, Howerth EW. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 2010. 
Cocaine-and-Amphetamine Regulated Transcript (CART) peptide attenuates dopamine- and cocaine-mediated locomotor activity in both male and female rats: lack of sex differences. Job MO, Perry J, Shen LL, Kuhar MJ. Neuropeptides. 2014.

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Dr. Joanna Pendergrass

Dr. JoAnna Pendergrass is a veterinarian and freelance medical writer. She is the owner of JPen Communications, a medical communications company that she founded in 2016.

With a passion for pet owner education, Dr. Pendergrass has written hundreds of articles on a variety of pet care topics, including nutrition, flea & tick prevention, and senior pet health. Her business mission is to provide pet parents with accurate medical information and empower them to make good health decisions for their pets.
Dr. Pendergrass has been interviewed for the Write & Prosper website and the Career Girls organization. She has also been featured in The Hampton Roads Messenger, VoyageATL, and The Mighty Marketer.

She is a member of the American Medical Writers Association and has served as secretary, president, and immediate past president of AMWA’s Southeast chapter. She also serves on the board of Georgia Bio’s Emerging Leaders Network.

In her spare time, Dr. Pendergrass enjoys spending time with her husband and serving as principal violist for the Atlanta Musicians’ Orchestra in Atlanta, GA.

Recent Articles

Why Is My Dog So Clingy?
Why Is My Dog So Clingy?
Does your dog always follow you around, never leaving your side? Is their attention always focused on you? You may have what’s called a “Velcro dog.” Let’s find out what this means and whether you should be worried about your dog’s clingy behavior. What Are Velcro Dogs?If you answered “yes” to any of the previous questions, it's likely that you have a clingy dog. Some refer to...
Could Dogs Survive in a World Without Humans?
  We love our dogs and cherish them as family members. We take them to the veterinarian’s office when they’re sick, buy them creature comforts and willingly pick up their poop. We’ve also become connected with our dogs on such a deep emotional level that it can be hard to imagine our lives without them.   When was the last time, though, that you considered whether dogs could live without...
Why Does My Dog Stare at Me?
Why Does My Dog Stare at Me?
As you go about your daily activities, you might notice your dog quietly staring at you. Your first instinct might be to feel self-conscious; is my hair hopelessly disheveled? Is there something stuck in my teeth? But, rather than assuming the worst when the question, “Why does my dog stare at me?” runs through your head, rest assured that your dog’s stare is not a judgment of your personal...
5 Reasons Why Dog Dental Care Is Important
How would you feel if you never brushed your teeth? Constantly having lots of plaque and an unpleasant taste in your mouth would probably be more than you could tolerate. Your wallet probably wouldn't feel so good either after having to pay a hefty dentist bill to get your oral health back in good shape. Now imagine what could happen to your dog's mouth without proper dog dental care. The simple...
How Often Should You Brush Dog Teeth and Cat Teeth?
Many of us can remember our parents telling us that we should brush our teeth twice a day and go to the dentist. We probably didn’t know it as little kids, but taking care of our oral health was an important part of taking care of our overall health. Just like people, dogs and cats need to have healthy gums and teeth. Proper oral care for our pets includes brushing their teeth at home and...
What Are the Benefits of Fish Oil for Dogs and Cats?
Fish oils are nutritional supplements with many reported health benefits. For people, fish oils can help reduce the risk of heart attacks, manage high blood pressure and relieve arthritis pain. With such health benefits for people, you may ask, what are the benefits of fish oil for dogs and cats? In fact, fish oil supplements are one of the most commonly used supplements for pets. Before going...