Monday, January 28, 2019

Milliron Monday: Milliron Brand 1 28 2019

Abbott "Pete" Smith, D.V.M.
June 16, 1938 - February 22, 2010

Welcome to Milliron Monday where every Monday we celebrate the legacy of Pete Smith, D.V.M., and  Milliron: Abbott “Pete” Smith, D.V.M. The Biography (Monday Creek Publishing 2017). A graduate of Colorado State University and a well-known veterinarian in southeast, Ohio, Dr. Smith continues to motivate and inspire. 

On July 28, 1959, Pete applied for his own brand - the Milliron brand. Living in Ft. Collins, Colorado, attending Colorado State University's (then Colorado A&M) Veterinarian College, Pete kept his own herd of (mostly Angus) cattle to help pay for his schooling and living expenses. Most of his stock had been maimed or disabled. Pete vetted and nursed the cattle back to health. A skilled surgeon, he practiced while increasing his herd. 

If a cow had cancer of the eye, Pete would purchase the cow at a reduced cost, surgically remove the cancer, and resell the cow for profit. With his new Milliron brand and growing herd, he became the owner of the Milliron Land and Cattle Company.

Years later, Pete would have his brand transferred from Colorado to Ohio. The Milliron brand, along with Pete's original branding irons, hung proudly on Pete's clinic wall - Milliron Clinic - where he became the premier veterinarian in southeast Ohio and the Tri-State area. 

Document of Transfer from Colorado to Ohio, January 3, 1966.

At (former) Milliron Clinic - in the waiting room.
Pete's Milliron brands on the wall. 

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Through captivating, powerful, and emotional anecdotes, we celebrate the life of Dr. Abbott P. Smith. His biography takes the reader from smiles to laughter to empathy and tears. Dr. Smith gave us compelling lessons learned from animals; the role animals play in the human condition, the joy of loving an animal, and the awe of their spirituality. A tender and profound look into the life of a skilled veterinarian.

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