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Parker Veterinary Hospital now serving local pets



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From L-R: Debbie Hunt, Dr. Adrian Parker Holly and Lauren Kunen with Gator,an Austrailian Shepard cross and Inan, a Rottweiler Akita cross. Photo by Andrew Moser. (click for larger version)
September 28, 2011 - He might not be Dr. Dolittle, but Oxford resident Dr. Adrian Parker Holly, DMV, is bringing his love for treating sick animals to downtown Oxford.

Holly opened Parker Veterinary Hospital (5 Mechanic St.) Sept. 12 and is dedicated to treating and vaccinating all the dogs, cats and small animals within Oxford and the surrounding communities.

"I love the Oxford community...this is where I shop, this is where I eat, this is where I live," he said. "I really embrace that attitude that I have seen in the community that people want to make this area strive."

Holly said Parker Veterinary Hospital will be a full service facility capable of treating any kind of emergency and surgery procedure.

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"Anything that needs veterinary assistance we're available for," Holly said. "If it is something that is a real critical case, we would stabilize it here and the owners would transport it to the Romeo facility, which is a 24 hour hospital."

Holly's goal is for Parker to one day become a 24 hour facility, but for right now he is satisfied with being an outpatient facility.

He is also planning on Parker Veterinary becoming Animal Hospital of America Association (AHAA) certified.

"They are very particular about what you have to have in your hospital from the labeling of your instruments to the labeling of your chemicals. It's a very strict requirement, so if you get AHAA certified, it's kind of a big deal," Holly said.

In addition to serving patients at Parker, Holly is also willing to make house calls.

"We do a lot of that for our breeders that have eight puppies that need to be vaccinated," he said as an example. "Instead of (them) loading eight puppies in the car, we will drive out there."

According to Holly, Parker Veterinary Hospital will be associated with Wilson Veterinary Hospital and orthopedic specialist Dr. John Wilson, who Holly was worked alongside for the past six years.

Dr. Wilson has five additional veterinary hospitals in Romeo, Sterling Heights, Dryden, Richmond and Yale.

Holly said what separates Parker Veterinary apart from other veterinary clinics in the area are his prices and quality of care patients will receive.

"Our service is fantastic," he said. "We have over 16 doctors in our family of hospitals and they are fantastic. Dr. Wilson has fantastic equipment at the Romeo office...and we have accessibility to that through the office."

"I have been a veterinarian for over eight years and this is what I do," he added. "This is my dream, this is what I do. My life is devoted to that."

Holly said it was always his goal to become a veterinarian.

"We would be fishing and a fish would swallow the hook and I had a whole tool kit to extract the hook and save the fish's life," Holly said. "Everyone who knew me as a kid knew that I always had critters. My poor parents had a room full of turtles, newts and fish. Anything I could catch and take care of I was going to.

He admitted he previously entertained the idea of becoming a marine biologist, but the thought of sitting behind a desk in a lab did not appeal to him.

"I want to touch animals and do something hands on," he said.

Holly spent three years attending Ross University in the West Indies for veterinary school before switching to Texas A&M University for his clinicals.

Parker Veterinary Hospital is open Monday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

It is closed on Tuesdays and Sundays.

Holly said once his clientele begins to build, he would like to expand his hours and be open seven days a week.

For more information or to schedule and appointment with Dr. Adrian Parker Holly, call (248) 628-2400.

Andrew Moser is a staff writer for the Oxford Leader.
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