Dr. William Ritchie, DVM opened the Mixed Animal Veterinary Clinic in 1973. Dr. Michael Moore, DVM became his partner in 1978. John David Nicholson, DVM grew up bringing his animals to the clinic for lifelong care. throughout his childhood and went to work for Moore in 2017. Nicholson was joined by his wife Kristin and their sons, extended family, staff and friends to celebrate the clinic’s official name change and ownership with a celebratory ceremony. inauguration on Wednesday August 3rd.
“After 43 years, I’m proud that it’s led by someone who’s going to do it the right way,” Moore said. Many guests at the event expressed their praise and best wishes. Most of them have been bringing their animals to the clinic for years and have expressed their joy at seeing Nicholson take over as owner. The clinic was voted Best Veterinary Practice at the Walker County Reader’s Choice Awards for 2022.
“I’ve known John David for a long time,” said Tammy Gann, director of economic development for the town of Huntsville and member of the chamber’s board of directors. “I’m so proud to see him achieve his dream and to see his staff so professional. Small business is at the heart of our town, and this business truly gives back to the community. Gann was joined by the President of the Chamber of Commerce Ray Hernandez and several chamber ambassadors.
“It’s a blessing to be here,” Nicholson said during the ceremony’s opening remarks. “We are here because we stand on the shoulders of great men. Dr. Ritchie and Dr. Moore started this business and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work for Dr. Moore. It is a real pleasure to work here. »
Dr. Moore worked for Dr. Ritchie when he graduated from veterinary school and bought the business in 2011. Moore has been a family friend of Nicholson for many years. Nicholson grew up in the area and played baseball with Moore’s son, Nick, when they were in high school. Nicholson worked in Stephenville and Beaumont before joining Moore’s team five years ago. Nicholson officially took over the business last year.
“Our staff is wonderful,” Nicholson said. “Even though the workload exploded during the Covid, I am very grateful to them.” Karen Tatum is the other veterinary doctor who serves alongside Nicholson. Their staff is a mix of young and seasoned veterans who take great pride in the care they provide to the animals. Staff member Sandy Meador has been a veterinary technician for 40 years.
“Our clients knew me when I was a kid, so it’s great to see them still coming in,” Nicholson said. It is bolstering its full-time staff to provide more services that save its customers money. They are trained to administer vaccines and boosters, provide nail clippings, and know what to look for when examining animals to spot any potential problems early on.
Nicholson will continue the tradition of being a co-ed animal clinic and plans to build a barn later this year to house cows and other large animals overnight. The clinic currently provides routine surgeries and preventive care. They also serve as consultants in finding outside surgeons and other specialists when needed.
The Walker County Veterinary Clinic is located at 1039 Hwy 75 N in Huntsville. For more information on their services, visit the website at https://walkercountyvet.com/ or contact the office at 936-291-2145 to schedule an appointment.