By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
One of Midwest City’s oldest businesses celebrated 70 years of service to the community.
Midwest Veterinary Hospital hosted an anniversary party Sunday afternoon. The event included food, corn hole toss, face painting, pet treats, dog costume contest and more.
Mayor Matt Dukes also presented a proclamation honoring the milestone.
Dr. Gene Jones opened the business in October of 1953 on S. Air Depot Blvd. A second location was built in 1956 at 720 S. Air Depot Blvd., where it remains today. Two satellite clinics have also been added – Post Rd. Pet Clinic and Oakwood Veterinary Clinic.
Today, the clinic is led by doctors Anthony Thomas, Stan Acree and his son Troy Acree.
Thomas started with Midwest Veterinary Clinic as intern in 1957, and later returned as a doctor after graduating from Oklahoma State University School of Veterinary Medicine.
In 1969, Stan Acree joined the Midwest Veterinary Hospital team. He encouraged his son Troy Acree to work there part-time during junior high school, which inspired him to complete his degree and return to work at the clinic as a doctor in 1992.
Two employees – Carol “Sis” Henninger and Thresea Williams – have been with the clinic for more than 40 years. Henninger joined the team as a treatment technician and was later promoted to surgery tech, and Williams was hired as a receptionist and is now the office manager.
Williams and her husband helped cook burgers and hot dogs. Henninger was sick and could not attend.
The doctors served as judges for the dog costume contest. The winner was the trio of Sunflower, Emmet and Mirabel and owners Andy and Kat Jensen. Stacey Hiler and her dog Coco took second place, and third went to Larry and Joyce Hopper and their dog Lilly June.