Changing of the guard at vet’s office

Times Leader Staff Writer

ST. CLAIRSVILLE-Stepping into someone else’s job isn’t always an easy thing to do, especially when the person leaving has owned the business for 32 years. On Oct. 17 Dr. Maggie Moore will be taking the helm at Kindler Animal Hospital for retiring Dr Dorsey Kindler, but both are confident that it’s the right fit.

Moore, relocating to St. Clairsville from Roanoke, Va., was one of seven doctors at a large veterinary clinic. She saw the advertisement online about an animal hospital for sale and decided to take the leap. “It was time to make the move to something smaller, to have my own practice,” she says.

Kindler said that, of the three applicants for the practice, Moore’s philosophies on animal care and the business are closest to his own. Each of the doctors has even taken in an abandoned or abused dog. The hospital name will remain the same, and Moore will continue as a small animal general practitioner, and will provide the same services as Kindler: in-house lab work, surgeries, shots and boarding.

The clinic has had thousands of clients over 32 years, and Moore will continue to take new patients. She will be keeping the present staff on which should make the transition smoother for everyone and will also be computerizing the office and records. Moore’s specialty is animal behavior, and she is considering beginning a puppy socialization class. Office Manager Chris Conaway is comfortable with the change, “I’ve always loved working for Dr. Kindler, but I’m also looking forward to working with Dr. Moore.”

Kindler’s wife, Jennifer, said that health issues influenced her husband’s decision to retire and sell the practice.

“He deserves a break now,” she said. “He’s so sorry that he hasn’t been here lately.”

They raised their family in the apartment attached to the hospital, and their daughter is now a veterinarian in Arizona. Kindler wants to express his thanks and appreciation to his clients over the past three decades. “Everyone becomes family,” noted Jennifer.

The clinic, located at 69999 Barton Road, will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with limited Saturday hours. Clients should call (740) 695-9441 for available times.

Moore will be joined by husband Jack, three hairless terriers and a boxer puppy.

“I’m looking forward to serving the community, taking over where Dr. Kindler left off and taking care of animals,” she said.

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