Yes, I'm a 'Real' Veterinarian: My Journey into Freelance Medical Writing
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About the Event
Dr. JoAnna Pendergrass is a freelance medical writer, specializing in pet owner education. In this talk, she will share her not-so-straightforward path from veterinary medicine to freelance medical writing. She will also share lessons learned along the way, provide advice on switching careers, and discuss the ups and downs of the freelance life.
JoAnna Pendergrass, DVM, is a veterinarian and freelance medical writer in Atlanta, GA. She
received her veterinary degree from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and
completed a 2-year postdoctoral research fellowship at Emory University’s Yerkes Primate
Research Center before beginning her career as a medical writer.
In 2016, Dr. Pendergrass founded JPen Communications, a medical communications company.
As a freelance medical writer, she focuses on pet owner education. She has written hundreds of
articles on a variety of pet care topics, including nutrition, flea & tick prevention, and senior pet
health. Her business mission is to provide pet parents with accurate medical information and
empower them to make good health decisions for their pets.
She is a member of the American Medical Writers Association and has served as secretary,
president, and immediate past president of AMWA’s Southeast chapter. She also serves on the
board of Georgia Bio’s Emerging Leaders Network.
In her spare time, Dr. Pendergrass enjoys reading, spending time with her husband, and serving
as principal violist for the Atlanta Musicians’ Orchestra in Atlanta, GA.