Frankford Vet reopens for Monday operation

THE FRANKFORD VETERINARY Hospital office in Marlinton is located in the Humane Society building, south of the ARC building on Second Avenue. Office hours are Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. C.D. Moore photo

Cailey Moore
Staff Writer

After several months of operating on a one-day-a-week schedule, the Frankford Veterinary Hospital’s Marlinton clinic reopened its doors on February 8, offering Monday service for the first time since September.

“I was involved in an accident this past fall,” FVH founder Dr. Julie Gibson, DVM, said, “and I was unable to work for several months. Dr. Angie Clark is our only other veterinarian, and a decision was made to temporarily close our doors on Mondays. It’s good to be back, though.”

FVH’s secondary care facility arrived in Marlinton last year and, along with Greenbrier Veterinary Hospital, has continued to provide veterinary care for Pocahontas County pets close to home.

Clark and Gibson offer routine check ups and vaccinations, as well as minor grooming and blood work.

“We can draw blood at our Marlinton office,” Gibson explained, “but we’re only able to do the actual testing at our main office in Frankford.”

Vaccination clinics, offering reduced prices, are held twice a year in April and October. Rabies vaccines are available at a discounted rate of $10 per animal; DHLPP – Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus – shots for $18 per dog; and FVRCP/FeLV – Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia, and Feline Leukemia Virus – shots for $18 per cat.

In addition to caring for cats and dogs, FVH provides large animal “house call” services to local farmers for their livestock, as well.

Large animal services include routine check-ups and vaccinations alongside blood work and equine dental floats. Pregnancy services – such as check-ups, C-sections, and birthing – are available, as well.

“We were actually scheduled to have a chicken come in for a check-up,” Gibson said, “but it perked up over the weekend.”

In addition to chickens, Gibson and Clark tend to cattle, goats, horses, llamas and sheep.

As an out-patient clinic, FVH’s Marlinton location is unequipped to offer advanced procedures – such as surgeries – but Gibson has expressed a desire to expand the clinic in the future to provide those services . However, until that day comes, surgeries and other services – such as dental cleanings, major blood work and x-rays – are only available at the main office in Frankford.

Frankford Veterinary Hospital’s Marlinton clinic is located at 410 Second Avenue in the Humane Society Building, and is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call 304-799-6181.

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