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JoAnna Pendergrass, DVM

Atlanta, GA I am the owner and founder of JPen Communications, a freelance medical writing business.


  • Featured in numerous articles, presenter at the 2020 American Medical Writers Association Annual Conference


Dr. Pendergrass graduated from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree. She then completed a 2-year postdoctoral research fellowship in neuroscience at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.


As a veterinarian, Dr. Pendergrass combines her veterinary expertise with her passion for pet owner education to write clear, concise, and engaging articles on pet care . Since beginning her medical writing business in 2016, she has written hundreds of articles for clients such as Pet Coach, PetMD, Great Pet Care, and several pet insurance companies. She is an active member of the American Medical Writers Association and the BlackDVM Network.


Outside of her writing responsibilities, Dr. Pendergrass loves reading, watching funny TV shows with her husband, and exercising. As a lifelong music lover, she plays the viola in one of Atlanta's local volunteer orchestras.


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Feline Obesity – Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Feline obesity is a big problem (pun certainly intended). It’s so big that 30-45% of cats in the United States are obese, defined as 20% above ideal body weight.  As a nutritional disease, obesity has serious health consequences if left untreated.  This article will teach you about feline obesity and what you can do to treat it.    What Is...

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