After caring for animals like goats, cows and horses most of her life, Watkinsville native Zoe Latimer is becoming what she always dreamed to be: a veterinarian.

She recently graduated from the University of Georgia’s veterinary school with a doctorate in veterinary medicine. Previously, she earned two bachelor’s degrees from the university in animal science and dairy science. 

Zoe’s parents, John and Mandy Latimer, are known for the Nubian and La Mancha dairy goats they raise on their daily farm, as well as for the custom soaps John makes and sells at the Oconee Farmers Market. 

Mandy said that Zoe always seemed to have the goal of becoming a veterinarian, specifically one for large animals. 

“She’s always helped me with the goats...so they were raised showing animals,” Mandy said. “She was showing goats when she was 5 and 6 years old. A lot of times, people get into it with goats because the kids want to show something, but in my case, I already had the goats when they were born.” 

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