Outstanding Care for Pets and Their People – Treating Your Pets Like Family
Article by Sue Baldani
Photography by Provided
Originally published in Franklin Lifestyle
When you bring your pets to the Williamson County Animal Hospital (WCAH) in Franklin, it’s clear that it has every possible service your four-legged friends may need. The only confusion may be when you ask to see Dr. Reynolds. This is a true family practice, and since there are four Dr. Reynolds, you’ll need to use a first name as well.
Since 1975, the practice has been privately owned, and today, partners and brothers Dr. Shaun Reynolds and Dr. Forrest Reynolds are upholding the high standards of its original founders – Donnie Headrick and Paul Vaden. Dr. Forrest’s son, Dr. James Reynolds and James’ wife, Dr. Melissa Reynolds, are all part of the caring practice. “My brother and I were raised right here in Franklin, and our goal is very simple – to serve the community of Williamson County and the surrounding middle Tennessee area and the members of their family that are companion pets,” says Dr. Shaun.
While these include mostly dogs and cats, veterinarian Dr. Elisabeth Pearman has vast knowledge of exotic pets and enjoys caring for them as well. “Dr. Elisabeth has been with us for a couple of years and she has a desire to serve the exotic community,” he says. “Anything from gerbils and hamsters to turtles and birds. As far as treating what I call the ‘Mr. No Shoulders’ of the world like snakes, there are other groups out there that provide that service, but she does treat lizards. She’s been a great addition to the team.”
As a full-service, no-appointment-needed veterinary hospital, WCAH offers everything from well care, prescriptions and x-rays to blood work, dental extractions and surgery on site. It also provides urgent care after hours. “Illnesses and accidents don’t just stop at five o’clock, so we wanted to offer a service that is local,” says Dr. Shaun. “It’s not for our clients only – it’s for everyone. Our belief is to treat the needs at the current moment, and then to get them back to their regular veterinarians for follow-ups. We’re not 24/7, but from Monday through Friday we’re here from 7:30 in the morning until midnight.”
Dr. Shaun was recently named 2022 Practitioner of the Year by the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association. “It was a tremendous honor, and I’m very humbled by it,” he says. WCAH.org.