Drs Terence Ferguson and Vernard Hodges opened this new hospital in Smyrna, Georgia
Vernard Hodges, DVM, and Terrence Ferguson, DVM, cofounders of Critter Fixers Veterinary Hospitals and costars of the NatGeo show Critter Fixers: Country Vets, announced today they opened a veterinary hospital within Petsmart store in Smyrna, Georiga. Located at 2540 Cumberland Blvd, SE, the PetSmart Veterinary Services (PVS) hospital is now accepting patients.
"As a veterinarian for 25 years, this isn't something I ever imagined," expressed Hodges, in an organizational release.1 "I'm especially passionate about working with PVS because investment is a huge barrier to owning a practice. PVS' supportive financial model is a known and trusted brand that drives natural traffic to the clinic, which makes all the difference for veterinarians of color and new graduates starting out."
According to the release,1 the location's primary practicing veterinarian will be Paul Norwood, DVM, who graduated with Hodges and Ferguson from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine. The new hospital will serve dogs, cats, and exotics such as reptiles, birds, and small animals. The hospital will provide multiple services including preventative and critical care, vaccinations, dental cleanings, spay/neuter services, and more.
"Our partnership with Dr. Hodges and Dr. Ferguson provides more opportunities for veterinarians to excel in their career and focus on what they love – caring for animals," said John Bork, senior vice president of vet health services at PVS, in the release.1 "PVS puts the power back into the hands of veterinarians, allowing them to own their practice inside a PetSmart location. We are excited for our continued work with Dr. Hodges, Dr. Ferguson, and their teams to expand PVS locations as well as encourage the industry to create an inclusive environment that is supportive of doctors and the pets they care for.
The grand opening celebrating the hospital will be on Saturday, June 17, 2023, from 11 AM to 4 PM. The first 50 attendees will receive a $10 PetSmart gift card and then the first 25 pets will receive a free dental evaluation.1
Drs Terrence Ferguson and Vernard Hodges of "Critter Fixers" open Petsmart veterinary services hospital in Smyrna, Georgia. News release. PetSmart. June 13, 2023. Accessed June 13, 2023. https://prnmedia.prnewswire.com/news-releases/drs-terrence-ferguson-and-vernard-hodges-of-critter-fixers-open-petsmart-veterinary-services-hospital-in-smyrna-georgia-301849150.html