Offering Custom, Personal Care For Your Pets
Pooler Veterinary Hospital is a family-owned veterinary practice managed by husband and wife veterinarians, Dr. Michael Ammermon and Dr. Myra Burnsed Ammermon. They provide wellness, medicine and surgical services to pets in Pooler, Bloomingdale and the Greater Savannah area.
Dr. Mike Ammermon became a veterinarian after experiencing the bond families develop with their pets at a very young age and enjoyed having pets throughout his entire life. As he started to consider a career, he developed a strong interest in medicine and surgery. After considering human practice, he came to the conclusion that becoming a Veterinarian seemed to be a more natural path.
Dr. Myra Burnsed Ammermon, always knew that she wanted to be a veterinarian. She loves telling everyone that she knew this would be her career around the age of five. Dr. Myra grew up on a small farm in Pembroke, GA, where she was in constant contact with animals of all kinds. Both of her grandfathers, Melvin Speir and Hannie Burnsed, helped to foster this love for animals. They encouraged her to seek a higher education and to attend veterinary school.
Pooler Veterinary Hospital was an idea that began one night when Dr. Mike and Dr. Myra knew they wanted to do something different. “Once the idea was born, we rolled with it, but met several obstacles along the way. The first was that we couldn’t find anyone to believe in our idea, so we couldn’t get a business loan,” said Dr. Myra. She continued to explain that the second issue they faced was location, as Pooler Veterinary Hospital ended up being established in Bloomingdale. This, however, became a blessing in disguise, as they used their own money and time to turn a house in Bloomingdale into a veterinary hospital. It was a combined effort with Dr. Mike and his family and friends performing the demolition and remodel, while Dr. Myra handled the interior design. It has since become “home” to them, their staff, clients and patients.
Pooler Veterinary Hospital offers customized care for their patients and clients. “We love to get an involved medical or surgical case that requires us to dig deep, think outside of the box, and come up with a medical or surgical plan to diagnose and treat the patient in our facility,” says Dr. Myra. They offer advanced in-house laboratory equipment for immediate analysis of blood, urine and fecal samples, digital radiology, diagnostic ultrasound, dental equipment with dental radiology, and advanced surgical equipment such as a surgical laser, orthopedic implants and instrumentation.
The veterinarians and staff at Pooler Veterinary Hospital are very attentive to each patient and client that comes through their doors, and they provide the personal care that each desire. “Our theme from the beginning has been our family caring for yours, and I will tell you that that statement courses through my mind each time I work up a case or speak with a client. I often find myself thinking, what would I do if this were Rudy, Coal, Sheba, or Bobo? I use this approach to offer the best advice to my clients and then extend this same care to their pets,” explains Dr. Myra.
“Our staff is the very best! Each one is unique and genuine and they each have specific interests,” adds Dr. Myra. “They all have a true love for animals and people which is shown in the way they interact with our clients and patients. Our veterinary technicians, receptionists, and kennel staff are very observant and offer a one on one approach to each animal and person that they meet.”
Dr. Myra explained that the veterinary profession, as a whole, has been criticized recently for being uncaring and she said that this could not be further from the truth for any veterinarian. “It takes a special person to do this job. It’s a career that is chosen out of a love for animals, a love for people, and a love for medicine,” says Dr. Myra. She explained that the days can often be stressful, strenuous, or just downright sad. On many occasions, the cases travel home with Dr. Mike and Dr. Myra as they discuss the cases with one another after the kids have gone to bed. Their clients and patients are like family, and they want the very best result for them. “We like to know that we have done our very best at the end of each day,” explains Dr. Myra.
In September 2018, they celebrated five years of business, and because of the overwhelming support from the community, they now need to expand. They have plans underway to break ground on a new facility that will be more functional and will help to better meet the needs of their clients and business. “We love serving the Pooler area because we have the most amazing clients,” remarks Dr. Myra. They see a variety of clients from all areas, including Pooler and Bloomingdale, Savannah, Statesboro, Pembroke, Claxton, Glennville, Midway, Brunswick, Richmond Hill and Beaufort. “Our clients, especially those who have followed us from the beginning, are so thoughtful, respectful, and just truly appreciate the service we offer,” explains Dr. Myra. “They have become friends and family to us.”
Patients at Pooler Veterinary Hospital understand that on occasion, they may wait a while before they are seen, but they know it means the team has obviously had to dedicate more time with some patients seen that day and never rush a visit. “We are randomly adorned with doughnuts, lunches, and sweet gifts. Our clients always go above and beyond when we have a need or are collecting donations for a group or charitable event. This area has the very best people and we enjoy serving them,” says Dr. Myra.
Pooler Veterinary Hospital supports the local community in a variety of ways. From visiting local schools for career day to tell the children about being a veterinarian, to sponsoring the publication of citizenship books that were distributed throughout elementary schools in the Pooler area. They also sponsor local events and recreation teams, as well as, work with local 4-H clubs to host Rabies Clinics for the community. Most recently, they gathered donations of food, water, and bedding for hurricane Michael victims and animals in the Florida panhandle.
“I would have to say that our favorite community event is Santa Paws,” says Dr. Myra. The Santa Paws event, which began in 2013, is held on the second Saturday of December each year. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2018. During this wonderful event, Pooler Veterinary Hospital hosts a special visit from Santa Claus himself at their hospital, and guests, both pets and children, are able to have their picture taken with Santa Claus. They have refreshments and offer a behind the scenes tour of the hospital. There is no cost for the event. Instead, they simply ask for donations of pet food and bedding that will be distributed to animal shelters and rescue groups in the area.
Pooler Veterinary Hospital is located at 608 US-80 in Bloomingdale, GA. You can visit them online at www.PoolerVet.com.ll to make an appointment for your fury family members today at 912-748-0709.