Even as far back as elementary school, Brady Hamady knew he wanted to be a veterinarian.
“I’ve always liked animals and now I’m able to help a lot of people whose pets mean everything to them. They’re like their kids,” the 30-year-old Sidman resident said.
His dream of having his own veterinary practice became a reality June 4 when he opened Forest Hills Veterinary, located at 132 Maxine Drive.
“I had always planned on opening my own clinic in my hometown and the timing was right,” Hamady said. “I’ve gotten so many compliments from the community who are happy I’m here and close. So I’m filling that niche.”
Hamady is a graduate of Forest Hills High School and Mercyhurst College, where he received a degree in biology.
After completing veterinary school at Virginia Tech in 2008, he went to work at Laurel Highlands Animal Hospital in Somerset.
He spent eight months there and was then employed by Ebensburg Animal Hospital for 31/2 years.
“I wanted to get that experience before I opened my own place,” Hamady said.
The new clinic has state-of-the-art equipment such as digital X-ray and dental machines and an in-house lab for blood work.
But what makes Hamady’s clinic different from other area veterinary offices is that in addition to treating house pets such as dogs and cats and shelter animals, he also specializes in caring for larger animals such as horses, goats and pigs.
“There’s a huge need in this area, and it’s an in-demand service,” Hamaday said. “The closest place that can treat larger animals on-site is in Somerset.”
To accommodate the larger animals, a barn with two stalls was added. It is attached to the main building.
“I’ve been surprised by the number of people willing to trailer in a horse or goat,” Hamady said. “But it’s cleaner here than what they can provide at home, and everything I need is here.”
Hamady said that once veterinarians become licensed, they you can work on any animal regardless of size. He spent his internship working on larger animals.
“I like the variety. You never know what you’ll be coming in to,” he said.
Hamady also goes out on calls and recently performed a cesaeran section on an alpaca and treated deer at a neighboring farm.
“Business has been really good and we have all we can handle, but we’ll always take new clients,” he said.
Hamady has four full-time employees and one part-time worker. He hopes to be able to expand the practice and bring in another veterinarian.
“I want to continue to be an asset to the community,” he said. “I want people to come here and feel comfortable and know their pets are being taken care of.”
As for Hamady, he knew becoming a vet wouldn’t be a
9-to-5 job, but it’s his passion for animals that keeps him going on those long days.
“I get calls at 9 at night and people stopping by my house, but this is a way of life for me and I love it,” he said.
The clinic is open six days a week. To schedule an appointment, call 487-6231.
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