Welcome to Shawnee Animal Clinic

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Shawnee Animal Clinic was founded by Dr. Gail Counts in 1988 in a small 1,000 sq. ft. house in Portsmouth, OH. Dr. Counts started with one surgery room, one exam room, a reception area and a few kennels.

In 1988, Dr. Counts opened her practice in, and quickly outgrew, a small, 1,000 sq. ft. facility. In 1989, she designed and constructed a larger, 2,500 sq. ft. facility which contained two exam rooms, one surgery room, a reception area and multiple kennels for both hospitalized and surgery patients. As the practice continued to grow, 1998 saw SAC adding another 2,500 sq. ft. SAC now had state-of-the-art exam rooms, an additional surgery room, treatment room, two offices, an isolation ward, additional kennel runs and also offered grooming and boarding services.

In January of 2007, Dr. Counts welcomed Tim Wells, RVT, as an equal partner of the practice. After the partnership was formed, he and Dr. Counts began exploring the idea of expanding the business once again, debating whether to remodel the existing facility or build a new one. A brand new facility won out.

In July of 2011, Shawnee Animal Clinic broke new ground directly next door to the existing facility. With 13,000 sq. ft., the boarding and grooming facilities are separated from the medical practice. Currently, there are separate dog and cat waiting areas, seven exam rooms, as well as the Moochie and Company Boutique.

SAC has a separate area for hospitalized dogs and cats. The Cat Ward has “cat condos” that allow our patients to rest more comfortably, which aids in faster healing. The Dog Ward has separate runs for all dogs with no nose to nose contact with others. The isolation/quarantine ward, for dogs with parvovirus and cats with feline panleukopenia, is now much larger and accommodating.

Other additions to the 2011 hospital construction include a larger surgical suite that has three surgery tables and a central oxygen supply for surgery, ICU, Treatment and Isolation/Quarantine areas. There is now a Consultation Room, which allows clients with terminally ill patients to feel at home while visiting, consulting with their doctors, or grieving during their difficult time.

Shawnee Animal Clinic provides on-site veterinary crematory services.

The clinic has five exceptional veterinarians and a wonderful caring staff that includes three Registered Veterinary Technicians and 40 employees who dedicate themselves every day to the caring and well-being of their clients and their pets.


Our Owners

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Gail Counts, DVM Founder & Co-Owner

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Tim Wells, RVT Co-Owner