Eugene “Doc” Owen graduated from The Ohio State University in 1961 with a dream of owning his own clinic: a practice based on compassionate, honest veterinary medicine. He and his wife, Lola, opened the practice that summer. The original Hillcrest Veterinary Clinic was set up in a converted garage beside their house. In 1966, they built the stand-alone clinic.
“Doc” had a great dedication and love, not only for animals and veterinary medicine, but also for the Morgantown community. He worked closely with the local rescue groups to spay and neuter. He also enjoyed having veterinary students complete their internship with him and even employed a veterinarian from Egypt for a while. “Doc” continued to practice small and large animal medicine until his sudden death in April 1989.
At that time Doc’s daughter, Kelley Owen, was in her third year of veterinary school at Tuskegee University. Lola was able to keep the clinic open as a boarding kennel until Kelley graduated in 1990. Continuing her father’s legacy, she began her own practice in the current facility in June of 1990 with Lola continuing her role as technician and manager.
Fast forward to present, and we are still providing compassionate, honest, small animal medicine, and we have continued to grow! In 2008, we were lucky to add Dr. Aaron Pollock, who graduated from Doc’s alma mater, The Ohio State University, in 1999. In 2013, we were fortunate to hire a 3rd doctor, Dr. Jessica Anderson. She worked for Hillcrest as a veterinary assistant before she went to The University of Georgia Veterinary School and graduated in 2012. Then, in 2016, we added our 4th doctor, Dr. Molly Allen, a native of Fairmont. She completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University in 2007. We then added Dr. Mikell Adair to our practice as our 5th doctor in 2018. Dr. Adair also graduated from The Ohio State University in 2007, and is a native of Fairmont. Lastly, we welcomed Dr. Franci Kenney to our team in 2019 as our 6th doctor. She completed her studies at The University of Georgia in 1991.
We opened our brand new state-of-the-art facility in 2014 in the parking lot of the old facility. We have since been able to provide our same level of compassionate animal care in a modern facility.
Even though we continue to grow, we are consistent with our small-town clinic family feel and our mission to work closely with local rescue groups to help with the overpopulation of animals by sponsoring adoptions and providing spay/neuter procedures.