Parker joins Shelby Veterinary Clinic

-A A +A

She will see both large and small animals

By Walt Reichert

Bring Laura Parker your dogs and cats; your horses, dairy cows and beef cattle. And your sheep, goats and pigs, too. Just leave your snakes at home.

“I think the only animals I don't like are reptiles, snakes,” Parker said.

Parker became the fourth veterinarian at Shelby Veterinary Clinic when she started work on Monday. She joins owner Dr. Melissa Lipps, Dr. Stephen Burchett and Dr. Rocky Oliver.

Parker will see a mix of animals in her practice. That is, she will make farm visits to doctor cattle, horses, goats, sheep and hogs and tend to dogs and cats in the clinic on Shelbyville Road.

Lipps said she hired Parker because of her experience with large animals and small animals. Lipps said Parker likely would see a 50/50 mix.

Parker has plenty of experience with large animals, especially cattle. She grew up on a beef cattle farm near Hopkinsville. She attended Murray State University and earned her DVM from Auburn. She has worked with cattle during internships in school.

Parker said she was attracted to Shelby Veterinary Clinic because she could do both large and small animals and because her husband, John, also a veterinarian, was able to land a job with Henry County Animal Clinic. The couple lives in Pleasureville.

The addition of Parker brings Shelby Veterinary Clinic up to “maximum capacity,” Lipps said. She said she hopes to move the clinic to allow more room for expansion “within the next five years.”

“That is my goal,” Lipps said.