Crabapple Animal Hospital opened in August 1987. Dr. Ed Taylor started this practice after the sale of his previous practice, Powers Ferry Animal Hospital. During that first year Donna Harrison joined the practice. Soon, Donna became the office manager – running the day-to-day operations of the General Practice, Grooming and Pet supply.
At the time, Dr. Taylor also owned Atlanta Veterinary Dental Services (AVDS). In the early 90’s, Dr. Taylor turned his focus from general practice to his Dental Practice. At that time, he entrusted Donna to manage his General practice and allow him the time for his new endeavor. Doctors were hired on staff at the hospital and technicians are added to relieve Donna for management duties.
The Hospital continued its growth and expands its support of the community year over year.
On November 16, 2001, Donna and her husband, Chuck, became the owners of Crabapple Animal Hospital. This comes after discussions between Dr. Taylor, Donna & Chuck, off and on for two years. For several years, Dr. Taylor remained on staff as the Chief Medical Director and leased space within the hospital to run his Dental Practice.
The hospital runs today much the same as it did before the change in ownership. The clients see the Doctor and Donna still greets them at the front desk as she has for 25 years. Donna’s core staff has been with her for several years and give the clients a feeling of family around the hospital.
Donna and Chuck have the goals of:
Providing an environment where Doctors of Veterinary Medicine can work with their focus on the Pet and Client. Without the burden of running a business, and being occupied with the staffing, stocking and other concerns that go with business ownership.
As pet owners ourselves, provide an animal hospital staffed with the best available veterinarians we can find for the community and a hospital that caters to pets and thier owners with the understanding of how difficult or confusing animal care can be at times and help the client through those times for the best possible out come for their pet.