veterinarian celebrates 30 years in business in Ripley Co.
The desire to help animals started at an early age for Dr. Harley
Robinson, veterinarian and owner of the Laughery Valley Veterinary
Hospital near Versailles. Ive always liked science
and animals, he said. It was a natural choice.
Robinson decided to continue his studies in veterinarian medicine
while in college at Indiana Central, later graduating from Purdue
University in 1979.
At the beginning of his practice, Robinson would see an equal
amount of pets and farm animals. Now with fewer family farms and
dairy farms, Robinson sees 85% pets and 15% horses. But, perhaps
the biggest change he has seen over the years is the advancements
in pain management. There are a multitude of products to
use for animals in pain, he noted.
Another advancement is in dentistry for dogs and cats. Periodontal
disease is probably the number one infection in dogs, said
Robinson. His facility offers regular cleaning and other routine
dental care for pets.
According to Robinson, the favorite part of his day is interacting
with pets and their owners. I like to help the pet feel
better, he said. He encourages pet owners to provide good
nutrition and parasite control. The healthiest pets are
those whose owners feed their pets good quality food and stay
up to date on parasite prevention, he said.
Its important to give back to the community,
said Robinson. Currently he serves on the Ripley County Health
Board, is a member of the board for the Pregnancy Care Center
in Lawrenceburg, and member of Dollars for Scholars for South
Dearborn High School. He was also a 4-H leader for 25 years.
Robinson and his associate Kelli Cobler invite the public to attend
an open house celebrating his 30 years of service to those in
the Ripley County area on Thursday, July 16. The event will be
held at the Laughery Valley Veterinary Hospital located at 3908
E US 50 (east of Versailles) and will begin at 5:00 p.m.
There will be food and door prizes as well as demonstrations by
some clients, such as service dog demonstrations. We just
want to show our clients our appreciation, said Robinson.
It seems like yesterday when I started. Ive really
enjoyed being here for 30 years, Robinson concluded.
BETH RUMSEY PHOTO
Dr. Harley Robinson examines Ripple, an
11-year-old service dog who had a tumor removed. He's been
Ripple's vet for several years. "I have always wanted
to help animals like Ripple,"said Robinson.