There will be changes, including updates to the clinic and boarding facilities, which were built in the 1970s, but some things will remain the same. According to the agreement, Springer will remain at the clinic as a veterinarian and continue to see patients for at least five years.
The clinic’s third veterinarian, Martin Roberts, is a Jasper native who said he was excited to be returning home. Kimbrell said he hopes the addition of another vet will decrease wait times for patients.
Although Roberts is the “new” vet in the practice, he has been working around the clinic for Springer since he was a teenager, much like Kimbrell.
One immediate contribution of the new vet has been taking the clinic into the digital arena, setting up an email address and Twitter account to give clients more access to the clinic. He is also working on an interactive website and Facebook page. Eventually the clinic hopes to be able to refill prescriptions and provide other services via the website to better serve its clients.
Kimbrell has also added new office manager Marsha Miller, one of the founding members of Rescuers United for Furbabies, the local rescue that is working to help Walker County’s stray population.
Miller said the vet’s office was already a huge part of the rescue.
“I was here all the time anyway,” she laughed.
Kimbrell hopes to be able to help that endeavor even more in the future with programs that would encourage residents to spay or neuter their pets.
He would also like to increase the accessibility of the clinic for clients and will be expanding and altering the clinic’s hours to try to accomplish that. He also plans to work out some arrangement that would allow the clinic to provide emergency care for local animals in the future.
Currently, anyone with a veterinary emergency would have to drive their pet to Birmingham or another area to seek that care out.
The Animal Clinic of Walker County is located on Arrow Road in Jasper. They can be reached by phone at (205) 221-4500 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/animalhofwc.