Monday, February 11, 2019

Milliron Monday: Ohio 1963 2 11 19

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. 

The headline in the local newspaper read Veterinarian Joins Staff. It was the fall of 1963. Pete was 25 years old. Pete and Jody packed up their family and animals and set out for southeastern Ohio. The sadness of leaving good friends in Lamar, Colorado, was overshadowed by the excitement of their new venture. The children, Jessica and Pat, stayed in Mansfield, Ohio, with Jody's parents while the couple drove the long-distance cross-country.

Pete accepted a position at Athens Veterinary Hospital. He would be the new, young vet on staff. His energy, skill, and ingenuity would save many animals. His humor and empathy would help clients through tough scenarios. Working with Dr. Bratton and Dr. Phillips spurred him to success, finally his own Milliron Clinic. 

While writing Milliron, I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Bratton. This is what he said...

Pete had many interests, was fascinated by large mowers, bulldozers, and sawmills. He had a nut and bolt collection. He liked the out of doors. A casual dresser, always pleasant, a nice smile, and proud of his family, Jody, Jessica, Pat. When Pete came to Ohio he joined Dr. Sam Theiss, Dr. Marvin Phillips, and me at Athens Veterinary Hospital. Later he moved to his own Milliron Clinic on State Route 550, just out of Amesville, Ohio, a nice country setting. He liked animals and had several of his own, including a flock of sheep and would take them to the Episcopal Church at Easter to show the children. He was a good equine veterinarian and worked long hours.

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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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