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JoAnna Pendergrass, DVM

“It’s not always about how much you know. It’s about how much you care.”

I have carried this ethos with me since veterinary school. My veterinary training taught me that, at the end of the day, what matters most is communicating with care and compassion.

It is this same care and compassion that drives my passion for medical writing: to close the gap between what the doctor says and what the patient or pet parent understands.

My clients count on me to deliver high-quality content that educates and engages their readers. Read what my clients have said about working with me.

Professional Highlights


  • Hampton University

    • Bachelor of Science in Biology

  • Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

    • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

  • Emory University

    • Postdoctoral research fellowship in drug addiction

  • Continuing education

    • Health Writer Hub: Introduction to Medical Writing and Artificial Intelligence

    • American Medical Writers Association: Statistics for Medical Writers & Editors, Basic Grammar & Usage

    • Stanford University: Writing in the Sciences


  • American Medical Writers Association

    • Southeast chapter: Secretary, president, immediate past president

    • National: AMWA Board Liaison -- AMWA Journal, Communications Committee

Recognition and Features

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