dr george stokes dvm 200pxIt is with mixed feelings that we announce the upcoming retirement of Dr. George Stokes from Ridgeville Animal Hospital.

Dr. Stokes has been an esteemed member of the Ridgeville Animal Hospital family for over 40 years, and we're going to miss him dearly.

We'd like to leave you with these words from Dr. Stokes:

"Dear Wonderful Clients,

After 41 years in practice (how did time go so fast?) and 40 years at Ridgeville Animal Hospital, the time has come for me to pass the torch!

As of July 1st 2019, I will be retiring. It is a bittersweet moment for me. Having known many of you for so long, I will truly miss you and the generations of pets that you have allowed me to get to know and treat. There were many good times and, unavoidably, some sad times; I thank you for all the years of trust.

On the positive side, I am looking forward to playing more golf, spending more time with my children and grandchildren, and traveling with my wife. These activities should keep me busy for a while. I also intend to continue serving you on an intermittent basis as a relief veterinarian for the foreseeable future.

Ridgeville Animal Hospital has a fabulous professional and support staff which will remain intact and continue to provide the wonderful, personal service that you have grown to expect. Dr. Lauren Cross, who has been with the hospital for 3 years, has taken over as Chief of Staff. From the moment Dr. Cross joined our team, I knew that this role would be perfect for her. She will continue to offer advance dentistry as well as general medicine and surgery. Dr. Amber Ziemba will also continue to provide her wonderful care and expertise as she heads into her 10th year with Ridgeville Animal Hospital.

We would also like to announce the addition of Dr. Melanie Belcik. She is an Ohio State Graduate and has been in general practice for 3 years. She will be joining the staff at the end of May.

Again, thank you so much for 40 years of trust. I will miss you and your pets, and I assure you they will continue to be in good hands.

Sincerely,

George Stokes, DVM"