Saturday, August 9, 2014


Welcome to our new Blog!

Here, we will be blogging about some tough and not so tough issues facing pet owners and veterinarians. We will touch on subjects for the veterinary clients as well as for the veterinarian.  Who is we?  Myself, Dr. Mike Hatcher; my partner in life and business, Stacey Hatcher; and the occasional guest blog of one of our fine doctors and/or staff of our Veterinary Hospital.

We will try to bring a common sense approach to pet care.  The internet is full of so called "expert opinions," and we find our clients can be overwhelmed by the amount of information, as well as the confusion that comes from all the opposing opinions.  Which Expert is Right?  We will try to break some of that down to what is really important and what is not.  So much of what we see are fads--be it in training, feeding, and/or in veterinary care.  We feel as though there is room for the voice of a bit of common sense, and we will try to bring that voice to our blog.  Having and caring for a pet does not have to be complicated, and actually should be simple.  

I graduated from The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001, and  have loved every day of my practice experience.  I have been fortunate to have great mentor-ship early on, that led to many opportunities in my first, and only associate position. Those experiences took my wife and I on our next adventure--to start our own practice in our home town of Smyrna, TN in 2004. Premier VetCare was born, and now nearly 10 years later, what started with Stacey as our single team member, and I as the single doctor, has grown into one of the largest practices in our market (7 Veterinarians on staff and 25 support staff).  We are going to bring our experiences to this blog in an attempt to help the pet owners, and even more importantly, help our fellow colleagues in the profession learn what we have found successful.  The core goal of my career as a veterinarian, practice owner, mentor, and now author, has been improving the lives of the pets we care for.  We hope, through this blog, we can reach out beyond our clinic and continue to improve the lives of pets through their owners and the veterinarians that care for them; bringing a new meaning to premier veterinary care.

We hope you will follow our ramblings and go on this journey with us.  

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