Highly Trained Veterinarians


Our experienced team of veterinarians and veterinary technicians provide many services at our clinic, ranging from routine to advanced procedures. Although we handle the majority of your pet’s medical and surgical needs in-house, we occasionally refer patients to veterinary specialists or specialty clinics when advanced training or equipment will be beneficial.

Board-certified specialists, such as orthopedics, oncologists, ophthalmologists, and neurologists, have extensive experience and training in a particular area of veterinary medicine or surgery. Specialty clinics and university-affiliated referral centers have specialized equipment to perform procedures that are not routinely performed by general veterinary practitioners.

We make referral decisions because we want to ensure that our patients receive the highest standard of care and best possible outcome. Be assured that when we refer a patient to another hospital, we continue to stay involved with his or her care, consulting with the treating specialist and often providing any needed follow-up care.

Our Staff

Dr. Max Katz

Dr. Max Katz received a Bachelor’s Degree from Georgia State University. After a successful career in the business world, he decided to follow his dream and become a veterinarian. He returned to school and later obtained his DVM degree from the Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Katz is an active member of the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association (GVMA) serving on several committees including those involved with emergency disaster management and continuing education planning. He also serves as the Veterinary Consultant to Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta and writes a column for the Pyrenean Mastiff Club of America.

Dr. Katz admits that he has a special fondness for the large breed dogs. When not working, Dr Katz enjoys cycling, motor sports, and spending time with his son, Jamison.

Dr. David Lloyd

Dr. David Lloyd joined North Dekalb Veterinary Clinic in the spring of 1998 following eight years in private practice in Doraville, GA. His professional education began at the University of Southern Mississippi where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry, graduating with highest honors. Following graduation from USM, Dr. Lloyd was accepted into the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. During his senior year, he received recognition from the American Association of Feline Practitioners for his skills and interest in feline medicine & surgery.

He was also inducted into Phi Zeta, the honor society of veterinary medicine. During his professional career in Atlanta, Dr. Lloyd has been active in the Greater Atlanta Veterinary Medical Society and served as President of the organization. He is currently a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association. His interests include cycling, camping, and pretty much anything related to cats.

Dr. Sylvia Bell

Dr. Sylvia Bell is an Atlanta native. She started her education with a strong interest in science, animals, and the great outdoors. She was born with a gloriously obnoxious sense of humor! Not much has changed. She has been employed at many veterinary practices throughout high school, college and veterinary college. She started as a veterinary technician. She spent her first two years, post graduation practicing small animal medicine; first in South Carolina and then back in Atlanta. She spent the next 14 years employed at the Dekalb Gwinnett Animal Emergency Clinic where she developed a love for soft tissue surgery and the unexpected! She became a full time in 2007 after several years of relief work.

St. Pius X High School 1986

University of Georgia BS Biology 1990

University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine 1994

“Everyday I learn something new.” – Sylvia Bell, DVM