On Thursday, Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce members held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Pinnacle Veterinary Clinic, 11444 Hammer Rd., Neosho.
The co-owners are Donnie and Angela Baker and Dr. Scott Gartner. The clinic is a full-service, animal veterinary clinic providing comprehensive medical, surgical and dental care. The 3,500-square-foot facility officially opened its doors on Feb. 1.
The Neosho Daily News asked both Donnie and Scott some questions during the ribbon cutting ceremony.What are some of the services that you offer?
Donnie: We do boarding, full service grooming, any emergency vet services, spay, neuter, your shots and all of that stuff. So pretty much, we are a full service clinic. All of our equipment is brand new, state of the art, we can do all of our blood testing in-house, we can do x-ray in house.
Does the clinic do dogs and cats or other animals?
Donnie: We are going to do small animal only right now, so it is going to be dogs, cats, hamsters, gerbils, any of your small animals.
Why did you decide to open the veterinarian clinic?
Donnie: It is something that me and my wife had always wanted to do. We love animals and we have always been around them. We were talking about it one day and we said, let’s do this.
How did you get interested in the veterinary field?
Scott: I just loved science, I loved biology, and I loved animals and it just seemed like a great mix.
How many years have you been a veterinarian?
Scott: It is going on 21 years. I graduated in 1992 from Oklahoma State.
When we took the tour on Thursday, I saw a surgery room with a window in it. What is that for?
Donnie: Scott had said if they (vet students from Crowder) wanted to come out, we could arrange and they could view the actual surgeries and that is why we put the window in (at the surgery room).
Scott: Or even high school kids, anybody that is interested. I thought that we would do that to let them observe or at least get a feel for things, kind of encourage some future veterinarians.
How did you come up with the name ‘pinnacle?’
Donnie: We just kind of all sat around, started throwing names out there and this one stuck. ‘Pinnacle’ is kind of the top and so we thought, that is what we want to be, we want to have a really nice facility and offer really good services, so we thought that kind of really described it and that is what we went with.
How excited are you to open for business?
Scott: It is great, it is exciting. We thought that it was going to happen hopefully in September, have a couple of warm months after we opened up. We are excited. I think the people that we have dealt with so far are excited about us being here. I think that it is going to be good.
Hours of operation are from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday; 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Closed on Sunday.