Pets ‘R Us Veterinary Clinic in Smyrna opened last June in a building that previously was the location for a gas station and had been vacant for about seven years.
David Ragheb, Vice-President of Internal and External Affairs, said the timing of opening in Smyrna during the coronavirus lockdown turned out to be fortuitous.
“Smyrna’s a great town, and I think we came at a perfect time, as well, where the town needed people to help out,” he said. “There’s a couple of great vets in town that we can always speak highly of, obviously, but at the same time, Smyrna’s growing, and because of COVID, there was stress on the veterinary businesses that were in town.
Ragheb said the staff wants to give back to the community.
“We are pet-centric. We are also a small business, so we try to do what’s right. So, we want to get involved in the community. If there’s an issue that we can help with, for instance, someone came in with some stray cats, and she couldn’t afford to do all the work on them, so we’ll help out,” Ragheb said.
Michael Kozman is the full-time veterinarian on staff and has been a veterinarian for 11 years.
“We treat people and we treat pets like family,” he said. “What we’re trying to do is get very good, affordable care for everyone, and make the pets and the owner happy whenever they leave our doors. We work very hard to work with each person’s budget to get them the best care for their pets based on what they have.”
The clinic offers regular checkups, rabies tags, vaccinations, emergency surgeries, dental cleanings, vision services, spaying and neutering and X-rays for cats and dogs.
Nicole Simmons, the clinic manager and lead technician, wants the clinic staff to build trust with the pets and their owners.
“It’s definitely not just about the medicine, it’s not just about the dollar, and trust me, I’ve worked at places where it was just all about the money. I think that’s the big thing, is we build that relationship with our clients that is necessary. I mean, their pets are their kids, mostly.”
PETS ‘R US
Location: 1850 Almaville Rd., Smyrna
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Phone: (615) 768-5551