Smith Veterinary Hospital was established in May of 1976. The practice was purchased from Deloss Fireoved, DVM, at which point the practice primarily focused on large animals. The building consisted of a waiting room and one general purpose room used as an exam room, pharmacy, lab area and surgery room. The clinic also featured a kennel room, one outside run and a big old red barn. Larry and Madge began coming to the practice twice a month in 1974 and 1975 while finishing their veterinary schooling at Purdue University. This allowed them both to help Dr. Fireoved and get to know the practice. Both doctors worked at the clinic on their externships although Dr. Larry also spent time at a large standardbred breeding farm in Lexington, Kentucky.
The house was attached to the practice which made it an ideal place to practice veterinary medicine and start a family. The practice evolved until 1987 when it was 60% large animal and 40% small animal. Dr. Larry decided to attend seminary and the practice became 100% small animal under Dr. Madge. A few years after seminary, Dr. Larry returned to the practice with the goal of practicing exclusively equine medicine.
In 1993 and 1994 the hospital went through some major remodeling. Working evenings and weekends, with the help of friends and family, the outside was given the Berne "Swiss” look and the lower level of the house was changed into additional hospital space. The upstairs changed into an office area, staff lunchroom and storage area. The present building consists of a large reception area, conference room, treatment room, hospitalization ward, surgery prep room, canine reproduction room and our companion animal surgery room. We also have a kennel area including stainless steel cages, six spacious indoor runs and three totally enclosed outdoor runs. This up to date facility allows us to provide the best medical and surgical care available, including such things as digital radiology, in house lab work, canine reproduction services, pregnancy ultrasound, dentistry and gas inhalant anesthesia and blood pressure monitoring.
In 2018 Dr. Hunt graduated from Purdue University and began working with Dr. Madge full time as a licensed Veterinarian.
Dr. Hunt purchased the practice in early 2020 where he and Dr. Madge practiced together for 3 years before Dr. Madge retired at the end of April 2021.