My husband, Lee, and I found the Southwest Virginia Veterinary Service
nearly 19 years ago when we lived in Tazewell, Virginia and our dog
developed a severe seizure disorder. SVVS was recommended to us as the only
veterinary service that might be able to help our pet. The caring treatment
our pet received and the pleasant, warm interactions with staff convinced
us the endorsements had been right on. Work related household moves took us
too far away to use SVVS for a few years, but since 2001 we enjoyed being
back in the area where we and our pets would again have access. Prior to
Molly, we had Honey Bear, an Akita Shepherd mix. A large dog, between 75
and 80 lbs. who lived to be nearly 15 years old and was in vibrant good
health nearly to the end. She managed to keep up with Melvin for most of
her years, even though he came to us as a puppy when she was already an
adult dog. We attribute her longevity and consistent good health to the
guidance about pet nutrition and care … and to the excellent veterinary
medical care from SVVS. Melvin is now approaching his 15th year, once again
defying the “big dog” shorter lifespan expectation.

We now live in North Carolina, a move we recently made to be closer to
family in our retirement. We continue to use SVVS (now 6 hours away) for
non-emergency care whenever we can. We are connected by phone and internet
to the guidance of Drs. Rucker and Meister-Jones. They continue to assist
us in managing medications for our old guy here … and whenever possible, we
take Melvin and Molly to them for routine examination and vaccinations.
Although we've looked into a few of the recommended veterinary services
here in NC, we have found none that compare favorably. The veterinarians
here seem competent and to genuinely care about animals... but none...
absolutely NONE … offer laser treatments or have the equipment or
laboratory capability to provide prompt diagnoses or truly current
veterinary care. We will look to our local veterinary resources primarily
for emergency care and convenient care for minor problems. We hope to
continue with SVVS as long as we have Melvin and Molly … our VERY last
dogs. You hear that, guys! We saved the best for last...right?

- Jeanne Noble

September 14 at 12:47pm Good afternoon friends and family I hope you had a
great weekend. As I got up this morning to do my usual Monday morning work
cleaning house and taking care of the animals I have 9 now, lol. I just started
thinking about a wonderful place I used to work. I had the pleasure of
working at Southwest Virginia veterinary service for several years. But you
see I really can't say it was a job it was actually my lifelong dream
to work with animals but along the way I met some amazing people. You see
I worked with Dr. Peggy Rucker and Dr. Michelle Meister these women are
two of the most amazing women I have ever met or will meet in my life. Every
day that I would go to work I would wonder what exciting adventure I
would have that day you see working in an animal hospital each day is never
the same ever.! Many mornings I would go in I work the early shift. To find
Dr. Peggy Rucker on the floor on a blanket taking care of one of her very
sick patients she had been there all night and would only go home to take
a shower and come back to start all over again. I watch these two loving
women bring life into the world and sometimes unfortunately have to take
the pain and suffering away from loving animals. Everything I witnessed when
I worked there for several years was amazing I can honestly tell you I
would take my babies no where else. If you've ever been there what you
see and feel is real. The whole staff work hard on and off the clock to
take care of your loving babies. I've done a lot of things in my 51 years
but I can honestly say I'm the proudest to be able to say I worked
alongside of these wonderful amazing strong women. And I am so blessed to
be able to call them friends. Thank you for all your hard work it
does not go unnoticed. And God bless you all.

- Janet Lynn McGlothlin

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