aboutusShawnee 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.

The business grew quickly, and Dr. Counts built a new facility in 1989. The new hospital then had two exam rooms, one surgery room, a reception area and multiple kennels for both hospitalized and surgery patients. The new facility was 2,500 sq. ft., but SAC added another 2,500 sq. ft. in 1998. SAC now has state of the art exam rooms, an additional surgery room, treatment room, two offices, a parvovirus ward and additional kennel runs. We also offer grooming and boarding to our clients.

In January of 2007, Dr. Counts sold half the business to Tim Wells, RVT. After Tim became a partner, he and Dr. Counts began exploring the idea of expanding the business once again. The debate was 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 our existing facility. With 13,000 sq. ft., our boarding and grooming facilities are separated from the medical practice. We have separate dog and cat waiting areas, eight exam rooms, as well as the Moochie and Company Dog 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 any other dogs. The quarantine wards, for dogs with parvovirus, and cats with feline leukemia and FIV, are now much larger and accommodating.

Other additions to the hospital include a larger surgical suite that now has three surgery tables, central oxygen supply for surgery, ICU, and Treatment and Quarantine areas. We also now have a Consultation Room, which allows clients with terminally ill patients to feel at home with their pets during this difficult time.

Shawnee Animal Clinic provides on-site Portsmouth, OH veterinary crematory services.

We have seven exceptional veterinarians and a wonderful caring staff that includes three Registered Veterinary Technicians and 45 employees who dedicate themselves every day to the caring and well-being of our clients and their pets.