One veterinarian in Eastern Kentucky says the area poorly serves its pet population. That was the case for Jackson County, until now. A new veterinary clinic just opened on November 1st and pet owners in the area are rejoicing.
Before the clinic opened, a mobile vet used to come to the area. It was called the mobile animal surgical hospital or M.A.S.H unit. It would set up at the health department every Wednesday. Once the owner saw how many people brought their pets to the mash unit, he decided there was a serious need for a full time vet in Jackson County.
It has been three years since a vet occupied this building in Jackson County.
"There aren't that many veterinary clinics in this area so people are going to London and Berea and some to Beattyville," said Dr. Dianne Hellwig, the veterinarian at Gray Hawk.
But not anymore. The brand new Gray Hawk veterinary clinic is now open.
"Instead of having to travel 30 to 40 miles to go to a different vet clinic and have to pay more whenever they get there, we're here. We're local. We're more accustomed to the prices of the area," said Jessica Colberson, the head technician.
Saving everyone in the area a trip.
"We've even done house calls to people in this area who can't, who either don't drive or can't get here and can't get their animal into a vehicle," Dr. Hellwig said.
The clinic started serving the county on November 1st, offering all of the necessary veterinary services.
"Of course your spays and neuters. We can do dental cleanings. We can do tooth decay prevention. We have done repairs from injuries," said Dr. Hellwig.
And people seem to be extremely grateful.
"Well we can tell. Almost every person that comes in with their animal says thank you for doing this because they've had to travel quite a ways," Hellwig explained.
Vet officials say they are looking forward to updating and expanding the clinic in the near future.
Doctor Hellwig says they are hoping to work with healing broken bones in the future as well as possibly making farm visits. Right now, they just do not have the necessary equipment.