By Sarah Robinson/NEMS Daily Journal
In 1984, after his first day of class at Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Glenn Thomas said, “I’m going home to drink a beer.” Classmate Stephen King said, “I like beer.”
And the rest, as the saying goes, is history.
The two friends went on to graduate from MSU in 1988, and both joined established veterinary practices for several years. When they decided to break off and open their own practice in 1994, Tupelo was a natural fit.
Thomas’s family has been in Tupelo for many generations. His grandfather owned TKE Pharmacy downtown. King said, “From my end, it was a blessing to be able to move here. Tupelo is a great place to raise kids.”
King and Thomas joke about their humble beginnings, alternating days while one tended to patients and the other would tend the kennel and bathe animals. Today, the successful practice sees an average of 35 clients a day, with another 30 to 35 day-boarders who stay at “Camp Tupelo.”
In fact, the hospital is so busy, they are looking to add another associate to the practice.
The two doctors said the biggest health threat to pets is weight-related issues, which can cause a number of other issues including arthritis. They also said that this time of year, parasites are a big threat to pets. King said parasites are not a problem limited to spring. Measures to prevent parasites should be taken year-round.
Thomas added that the fire hydrant out front has been a source of amusement for years. He said the fire department has made a few visits to inspect it and have even painted it white, in keeping with their policy, twice.
The hydrant, of course, is meant only for the relief of their canine clients, not for putting out fires.
OWNERS: Glenn S. Thomas and Stephen K. King
ESTABLISHED: Jan.13, 1994
ADDRESS: 2096 S. Thomas St., Tupelo
PHONE: (662) 840-0210
HOURS: Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to noon,
Sunday pre-paid discharge at 4:30 p.m. for boarders