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Business Beat: Williams Vet Clinic
New animal facility focusing on dogs and cats to open July 11

Dr. Daniel Jacoby and Traci Fulkerson stand in front of their new veterinarian office located at 122 S. Third St. in Williams. David Yankus/WGCN

Dr. Daniel Jacoby and Traci Fulkerson stand in front of their new veterinarian office located at 122 S. Third St. in Williams. David Yankus/WGCN

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - If your pooch or kitty gets hurt or is not feeling well, just like human beings, they need to visit the doctor. Well, as of July 11, those precious pets will not have to travel outside of Williams.

The Williams Veterinary Clinic will open in two weeks marking the first time ever that Williams will have its very own Veterinarian.

Dr. Daniel A. Jacoby is originally from Iowa and is an Iowa State graduate. He has been a leader and passionate advocate of veterinary medicine for over 23 years. He owned a practice in Phoenix for over 10 years and then went on to become director of a successful Veterinary Technology program in Florida.

However, Jacoby missed Arizona and always loved northern Arizona in particular, so after Florida his original plan was to retire to his property he owns in Williams. But a good business opportunity and his love for veterinary medicine, pets, and their people called him back into practice.

His new clinic here in Williams will focus on dogs and cats, with referrals to horse doctors if necessary. Jacoby expects to service 70-80 percent of the reasons why people take their pets to the veterinarian; such as basic surgeries, teeth/dentistry, etc. Orthopedic surgeries, cancer cases, or 24-hour care patients will be referred to Flagstaff.

"It's an out-patient clinic so nobody's spending the night," said Jacoby. "They'll be in and out, but we will have at least eight kennels, just no boarding."

"We'll be able to accommodate probably five surgeries a day, and 10 to 15 patients a day," said Traci Fulkerson, CVT, Practice Manager.

Jacoby plans to hire two more staff members, Veterinary Technicians, to fill one and a half positions they have available at the clinic. They will also be cross-trained to work the front desk at reception.

Jacoby started as a kennel boy when he was 14 and has been in the animal care industry ever since. He has vast experience in small animal medicine, surgery, and dentistry as well as nutrition and team leadership.

"We're going to focus on client education. Right now there's very little access to understanding proper pet care around here," said Jacoby. "That's our emphasis, teaching pet owners how to properly care for their pet. All the way from nutrition, to the importance of spaying and neutering, and to preventive medicine such as vaccinations."

The clinic will have certain pet food available on-site, and Jacoby personally recommends Science Diet calling it the "gold standard" of pet nutrition.

Jacoby said he and Fulkerson are excited and happy to be here in Williams, and look forward to being a part of the community and are glad to provide a valuable service.

The clinic is located at 122 S. Third St. and its hours of operation are Wednesday-Friday 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. For additional information visit williamsveterinaryclinic.com or call their office at (928) 635-5392.

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