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Midway Animal Hospital celebrates 20 years in Forsyth County

House cat Ozzy takes a well-needed break after greeting clients and patients for their morning appointments. CAROLYN ASPENSON. (click for larger version)

Dr. Rod Hardee holds onto a very concerned Shamu. Shamu was not happy to have his weight issues discussed with a reporter. CAROLYN ASPENSON. (click for larger version)
December 19, 2012
ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Midway Animal Hospital has come a long way since its doors first opened in 1988.

What was once a small, renovated house run by a veterinarian and his wife is now a three-story building housing about 20 employees including four veterinarians.

Dr. Rod Hardee started the practice, 6785 Atlanta Highway in Alpharetta, with the goal of providing small animals with the same quality of care and services provided to humans.

"Dr. Hardee has put together a practice that really does touch all facets of animal care," office manager Sue Evans said.

The hospital houses a state-of-the-art surgery center, in-house laboratory and diagnostic equipment, a boarding facility and grooming and bathing services.

"We are a one-stop shop for animal care," Evans said.

Evans said the hospital works hard to build relationships with their clients.

"Some of our clients have been with us for over 20 years," she said.

"It's important for us to offer state-of-the-art technology and the most medically advanced equipment so we can provide the best care for the animals, but we want to keep the culture less corporate and more small practice-like."

Hardee greets clients and patients upon entering, spending time interacting with the animals in the lobby, but he's not the only greeter you'll see.

"Ozzy, one of our house cats, is the official greeter," Evans said.

Ozzy was a client whose owners couldn't afford to pay for surgery.

Hardee did the surgery and Ozzy became one of three permanent residents of Midway.

"We named him Ozzy because he ate the head off of a Polly Pocket doll," Evans said.

Midway Animal Hospital is open for tours for current and prospective clients, and while touring you'll see techs laughing and working.

Be careful where you walk however, because you might stumble upon Shamu, another house cat.

"Shamu weighs 20 pounds," Hardee said. "He came to us because he wouldn't use his cat litter box. He probably couldn't because he was 29 pounds then."

Hardee put Shamu on a diet and he exercises by roaming the clinic.

"We have another house cat, Julio," Hardee said. "He had an affinity for relieving himself on soft objects, and the hospital is all hard floors, so it's not an issue here."

Midway doesn't take turn-ins, but Hardee is only human and sometimes it happens.

"We want to provide a positive experience for our clients, but also for our employees," Evans said. "For us, it's about keeping our extended family happy."

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    Midway Animal Hospital / Dr. Hardee
    December 22, 2012 | 12:15 PM

    To all who would read this article. Since he started his operation I have taken both my Springers to him. Dr. Hardee saved my current Springers life, and I am very grateful for his efforts. I trust him implicitly with the care of my dog.

    Les Arnold
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