by Terry Rogers
In late April or early May, Dr. Mallory Alexander will open Avenue Veterinary Clinic on Lakeview Avenue in the building where her late father operated a family medical practice. Her plan is to offer veterinary care that is affordable and designed to prevent illnesses in animals.
“I grew up on a small farm with my parents,” Alexander said. “We had cats, dogs, horses, you name it. I always loved animals but initially, I didn’t want to be a vet. My dad got me a job at a local clinic which I did not love at first. My dad wanted me to immerse myself in the field, I think because he saw that I would actually be good at it. I got a job at a larger hospital and worked summers, holidays, weekends while I went to school. That was where I realized I really did love veterinary medicine.”
Alexander, who was raised in Milford, attended Clemson for her undergraduate degree. She was a recipient of a Disney scholarship which allowed her to attend veterinary school in Oklahoma with the state of Delaware providing a portion of the tuition. Although receiving the scholarship did not require her to return to Delaware, she felt like she owed it to the people of Delaware to return. After receiving her veterinary degree, she got a job with the clinic she worked with when she was young.
“I hadn’t really thought about opening a clinic of my own,” Alexander said. “But when my Dad passed away suddenly and I inherited the building, I thought it would be a great location for a veterinary clinic. We have had to do a lot of renovations because animals need different equipment than people. Plus, a family medical practice has a lot less equipment than we would need. The building had a decent layout but we had to add a few things to make it work.”
One of the things Alexander enjoys most about her job is the same thing that she finds a challenge. She explained that animals can’t talk and tell you what is wrong, so it is like solving a mystery which she finds exciting. However, at the same time, the fact that an animal can’t talk can make her job much more difficult.
“When I do figure it out, it is so rewarding,” Alexander said. “Not only am I able to help the animal feel better but their people are so happy as well. When I can’t help, it can be very difficult as well. In this practice, we want to focus on preventative care. We want pets to live healthy, active lives. We want to focus on vaccinations, well-visits and other things that will help keep pets from getting ill. Most of all, we want to be as affordable as possible.”
In addition to preventive services, Alexander will also offer sick visits and minor surgeries like spaying and neutering. Alexander has experience as an emergency vet so will be able to handle some emergencies but explained that her clinic would not be an emergency clinic.
Alexander hopes to have the clinic open by the end of April or early May. Although they are ready now for minor treatments like vaccinations, there is still work to be done on the building. Appointments can be made by calling 302-422-5223.