Dr. Scott Harmon purchased the Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic from Dr. Ed Bowlus in July of 1989. Dr. Bowlus retired from veterinary medicine after thirty-five years of service to the community.
At the time Dr. Harmon purchased the practice, a large majority of the work was still farm animal related. However, there was an increasing demand for higher levels of veterinary care for our companion animals. Dr. Harmon's initial goal after purchasing the practice was to maintain the quality farm work that Dr. Bowlus was known for and provide and expanded array of small animal and equine services.
In June of 1990, Dr. Harmon was joined in practice by his fiancÃ©, Dr. Ann DiFrancesco. The doctors began equipping the clinic to broaden the services they could render. A few of the earliest acquisitions were an autoclave to sterilize surgical instruments, a gas anesthesia machine to provide state of the art anesthesia to dogs and cats, a portable x-ray unit for use on small pets and horses, and a diagnostic ultrasound machine for use in horse reproduction and small animals. Also, in June of 1991, the doctors hired their first registered veterinary technician, Rachel Whitney-Lashley, to assist in the provision of veterinary care. Rachel is still with the clinic today.
While maintaining the agricultural base, equine and small animal services were expanded through increasing medical and surgical services offered, expanded lab work-ups, and more in depth diagnostic ability.
The Village of Fredericktown grew during the 90's and Drs. Harmon and DiFrancesco decided that in order to be able to provide the same quality service that the community was used to, they would need to expand the number of veterinarians working at the clinic. In '98 and '99, two associate veterinarians were added to the practice. The Fredericktown Veterinary Clinic, Inc. became the first three and then four doctor practice in Knox County.
With the addition of the new doctors, it became apparent that more space was needed. The storefront facility on Main St. had been expanded to 3,000 square feet, but there was no more room to grow and no large animal facilities. The new facility is designed to provide in-house and ambulatory service to all animal patients. The new facility includes an expanded waiting/reception area, more small animal examination rooms, and a new small animal treatment and surgery area. New to the practice is the drive-in access for equine and food animals. In the large animal section of the new clinic, the doctor's currently perform everything from routine preventative health care for horses, cattle, etc. to "simple" surgery on equine patients and a wide variety of food animal surgery. The large animal area has four stalls to hospitalize and treat medical problems in horses and food producing animals. These features, which are unavailable anywhere in the local area, enable owners to haul animals to the clinic because they could not be successfully treated in the field or the manpower, facilities, and equipment is impossible to transport to the field.