From basic exams and emergency visits to bathing and grooming, Smiths Station Animal Hospital is the go-to spot for local petowners and is the City of Smiths Station’s December Business of the Month.
Originally founded by Dr. Buddy Bruce of Opelika’s Animal Health Center within a small brick home further down Lee Road 430, the business was purchased by Dr. Steve Griffin, a 1997 graduate of Auburn University’s School of Veterinary Medicine.
Because of the business’s growing customer base, Griffin purchased a lot adjacent to the Panther Quick Stop and constructed a new facility that officially opened in December 2006.
Practice manager Jennifer Williams joined in January 2007, and has helped oversee the business’s growth and adaption to today’s technologically driven world, which maintains a presence on social media and has its own phone application.
Griffin has added two more vets, Drs. Nicole Namie and Rachel Kring, to his team. Namie and Kring are fellow Auburn graduates and nearly 20 combined years of veterinarian experience, with Kring being the newest member and having joined in the last three weeks.
Cats and dogs are typical patients at the animal hospital, but staff members have and can take care of a number of animals, including birds, ferrets and pigs, among others.
Like other animal-oriented businesses, payment is normally rendered at the time of service, but there are several credit and payment plan programs availble for customers.
Williams, who has more than 20 years of experience in the veterinary world, said there is a tight-knit bond between themselves and their customers.
“It is so rewarding to do what we do. We have customers who were our teachers that taught (Dr.) Griffin and I when we were in school, as well as neighbors and friends,” Williams said. “We really enjoy our role in the community and are glad to be a part of it.”
Besides Kring’s addition to the staff, the animal hospital has a state-of-the-art ultrasound system that Williams said Griffin and staff “are very proud of.”
Smiths Station Animal Hospital is open 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information, call 334-297-1050, like and follow the business’s social media pages or visit www.smithsstationah.com. The business is located at 2778 Lee Road 430.