Dr. Jeff Richmond
Dr. Richmond has been taking care of animals in Whitfield County for 17 years. He has owned the clinic now for 5 years.
“I was introduced to the profession of veterinary medicine at a young age. Growing up in a rural area of southern West Virginia, my grandfather owned and operated a small gentlemen’s farm in which he raised cattle and housed my childhood pony. I would visit with him a couple of times a month and stay with him on occasion during the summer. He would take me to the stock sales sometimes when I was there. As I got a little older, my grandfather and I would discuss my plans to become a veterinarian. Although he felt I might do something less “physically dirty,” he was extremely supportive of my career choice. We had many occasions to discuss my career choice. Unfortunately, he passed during my sophomore year of veterinary school and never got the opportunity to see me fulfill my dream.
As a high school student, I got the opportunity to work for one of our local veterinarians. First, I started as a kennel worker; then, I did some work as a receptionist, a veterinary assistant, and some light grooming. I was allowed to travel and assist the veterinarians in practice with house and farm calls; I was hooked for life. Through this job, I was able to learn the profession from the inside out. I was also able to work on the practice owner’s farm, which housed cattle, sheep, chickens, and turkeys. My jobs on the farm were vast, to say the least. I had the opportunity to do and learn a great deal. Since that time, I have worked to achieve a career in veterinary medicine.
From studying Biology and Chemistry in college to being accepted to the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine’s class of 1995, I have dedicated my life to becoming the best veterinarian I could be. I graduated from the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995 and began my career with the Oak Hill Animal Hospital in West Virginia, practicing with a good friend and colleague. Several months into my career, I met a young woman who would eventually become my wife. During this time, she introduced me to the owners of the Animal Hospital of Whitfield County. In the summer of 1996, I was hired as an associate veterinarian and have practiced here since. I was fortunate to have excellent mentors and soon became a minority partner in the practice. In February of 2007, my wife and I became the sole owners of the practice, continuing my career here today. My goal of becoming a veterinarian has long since been achieved. However, I still strive to do the best job I can, using my strong background and upbringing as a basis for my practice. I am appreciative of my job and career daily as well as those that make my career possible.
We at the Animal Hospital have a strong, dedicated staff and a great clientele. Working together, we can provide quality veterinary care to our community.”