New owner takes over vet practice

Published 10:00 pm Tuesday, March 18, 2014

City Council representatives join staff at the Suffolk Animal Hospital to celebrate a grand opening and open house. Pictured from left are Allison Bachmann, Caity Speckine holding patient Baxter, Vice Mayor Charles Brown, Councilman Jeffrey Gardy, Dr. Amber Carr, Kelly Bullock, Alley Fehrman, office manager Megan Waltrip holding patient Raisin, and patient Charlie on the floor.

City Council representatives join staff at the Suffolk Animal Hospital to celebrate a grand opening and open house. Pictured from left are Allison Bachmann, Caity Speckine holding patient Baxter, Vice Mayor Charles Brown, Councilman Jeffrey Gardy, Dr. Amber Carr, Kelly Bullock, Alley Fehrman, office manager Megan Waltrip holding patient Raisin, and patient Charlie on the floor.

It’s a dog-gone good time for humans and their furry, feathered and scaled friends at Suffolk Animal Hospital this week.

The old practice with a new owner is having a grand opening and open house this week. Dr. Joseph Bardales retired last year from the practice, which was started 35 years ago, and Dr. Amber Carr has taken over as the new owner.

“We just got our feet under us,” Carr said after a ribbon-cutting on Tuesday.

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Some improvements to the property, including new equipment, computers and roofing and upgrades to the exam room and recovery cages, have been made. Additional renovations are set to take place throughout the year.

Carr has previously worked at other local practices. Some of her new staff has worked at Suffolk Animal Hospital for some time, and she also hired new staff.

“We are so excited about these updates and the opportunity we have been granted to take care of your pets,” Carr said in a press release. “I am proud that Suffolk Animal Hospital can continue serving the community of Suffolk and surrounding areas as it has for the last 35 years.”

Vice Mayor Charles Brown was on hand at the ribbon-cutting to congratulate the new owner.

“We know animals get sick just like humans get sick,” Brown said. “We’re glad you’re here.”