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In Memory of Dr. James M. Powers

Dr. Powers worked in Winder as a veterinarian for over 30 years. He was a native of Walton County and grew up on a large farm. He attended Auburn University and graduated in 1967 with an animal science degree. He then worked the family farm for 7 years until he decided to go back to school. He graduated from the University of Georgia Veterinary School in 1979 and opened the practice in Winder in July of 1979. For many years he attended large and small animals, but then switched to exclusively small animals.

He always had pets of all kinds but he tended to favor Labrador Retrievers. He compared having a big dog as a companion and taking him everywhere you go to always having your best friend with you. Dr. Powers understood that treating our clients’ pets is like treating a family member and he wanted to treat all of our clients this way.

A few years ago, Dr. Powers expanded his love for Labrador Retrievers and found a trusted companion in his Labradoodle Simon.  He became his constant companion and would greet clients with a loud booming bark and wagging tail.  We will always miss that sound of the back door opening and Simon barging into the clinic, closely followed by Dr. Powers. 


Dr. Sabine Capeheart - Owner


A native of Germany, I moved to the United States in 1994, following my husband Shane who is from Georgia (those Georgia boys will sweep you off your feet!).  Veterinary medicine is my second career and I feel that it is my calling.  I finished my undergraduate studies at the University of North Georgia in 2004 with a B.S. in biology.  I studied veterinary medicine at the University of Georgia and graduated in 2009.  Since then I have been working in private practice and started working for Barrow Veterinary Hospital in 2015 as a relief veterinarian. 

I live in Winder with my husband Shane and our dogs Sophie, Stanley, and Copper (our special needs wheelchair dog), and our cat Piefke.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, jeeping, playing guitar, and swimming.

 I feel privileged to have had the chance to work alongside Dr. Powers for the past several years.  The staff at Barrow Veterinary Hospital and I will continue serving the community as Dr. Powers has done for so many years.