Veterinarian Jordan Smith joins Andalusia Animal Clinic and looks to help community
Published 1:00 pm Sunday, November 19, 2023
Jordan Smith did not know what he wanted to do in life several years ago but now has that answer as the newest veterinarian for Andalusia Animal Clinic.
He was born and raised in nearby Geneva and attended Tuskegee University’s College of Veterinary Medicine from 2019 until his graduation this year.
“My wife, Paris Smith, and I recently moved to Andalusia to begin our careers. During my undergraduate at Troy University, I was unsure of what occupation I wanted to pursue. I had the opportunity to shadow Dr. Robert Hawkins, a good friend and colleague of Dr. Toby Atkinson. On my first day, Dr. Hawkins placed an intramedullary pin into the humerus of a German shorthaired pointer. After watching this surgery, I knew this was the career field I wanted to work in,” Smith said.
Dr. Toby said Jordan was hired six months ago for extra help and is looking to have his own clinic one day. He previously interned at the clinic for a few months before his official employment began.
“I’m ready to slow down for a little bit. Jordan is a south Alabama guy who I thought would fit very well here. He is really smart and has done a fantastic job for us so far. He is sharp, really laid back, and fits well with the culture in our clinic and our clientele in the city and county. Jordan has always been interested in ownership. As an owner, I’m at the point where I’m ready to slow down and look for someone to buy a place, so it’s a win-win. Jordan has the personality to fit this area and our clinic,” Atkinson said.
Smith is appreciative of the opportunity to work for Andalusia Animal Clinic.
“I am grateful to take care of animals because it is a way for me to help people. I also enjoy the variety of things the day may bring, as no two days are alike. Our pets are now considered family, so we take that extra step to be sure they are cared for,” he said.
Dr. Toby feels he is a natural at the clinic and a good communicator.
“We are glad to have him on board after he graduated and passed his boards. He is very thorough and thoughtful and actually won an award based on his skills. He has been really good with his surgeries and is doing great for us. By him doing more of our surgeries, it allows me to spend more time with the pets our community brings in and gives me the opportunity to diagnose those,” he said.
Jordan said he would use this position to grow and develop the skills he needs to be successful.
“At Andalusia Animal Clinic, Dr. Toby and his staff have great experience, a strong reputation, and a dedicated clientele. I am thankful for the opportunity that Dr. Toby and Mrs. Janet have given me to join their team and look forward to developing as a new clinician. I am thankful to serve this community by taking care of your pets,” he said.
The clinic is located at 706 Copeland Drive in Andalusia. Hours of operation are Monday through Wednesday and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until noon.
For more information visit andalusiaanimalclinic.com or call 334-222-3218.