June 7, 2021 — The Animal Hospital of Orleans has been family-owned and operated for more than 25 years under the steady care of Dr. Karen Bohon. At a time when veterinary practices are being rapidly acquired by multinational corporations, Dr. Bohon began to search for an alternative option for AHO: an Associate Veterinarian who would be able to continue her work in providing high-quality, Fear Free medicine while being a part of the local community and committing to keeping the practice privately-owned. At the same time, Dr. Kirby-Madden was searching for a practice to call “home” – specifically, for a hospital that utilized current behavioral principles to minimize fear and stress for patients.

Over the last three years, Drs. Bohon and Kirby-Madden worked together with many of your cats and dogs, and this June, Dr. Bohon formally passed ownership of the practice to Dr. Kirby-Madden. Dr. Bohon and many long-time staffers continue to work at AHO and help Dr. Kirby-Madden in her new role as owner, including passing our Fear Free Practice recertification (2021-2024). Together, we will continue to provide compassionate care for our patients now and for the coming decades as a family-owned hospital. We are committed to keeping AHO the welcoming, familiar place that you know and love.

A note from Dr. Bohon:

“We were very fortunate to find Dr. Kirby-Madden to continue as private owner of AHO, at a time when the small family-owned veterinary practice is becoming a rarity. Dr. Kirby-Madden and I approach cases in a very similar manner, and I have the utmost confidence in her ability to continue to provide the excellent, personalized veterinary care we take pride in. Also, I am of course still available for your pets, with no plans for retirement in the near future. Thanks so much to all of our clients for your continued support and trust in The Animal Hospital of Orleans.”

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