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RVC was founded in 1963 by Eric J. Myer, D.V.M. shortly after his graduation from the College of Veterinary Medicine of Cornell University in New York. Dr. Myer operated from a small out-building on his farm, Roseville, just west of our present location. The practice was primarily livestock, with a smattering of local farm pets. Dr. Myer quickly established himself and his practice in the area and developed a reputation of honesty and fairness combined with good veterinary care.
In 1973, Dr. Myer broke ground for Roseville Veterinary Clinic proper on the northeastern corner of his farm, and erected a building there to serve his growing practice. This veterinary hospital was a leader in the region, as it contained an indoor and outdoor treatment area for cows and horses. In addition, it was also equipped with a surgery for these large animals and a padded recovery stall for horses.
In 1983, Thomas P. Leahy, D.V.M. joined the practice after graduating from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. At that time, the practice was still predominantly farm animals and horses. Both Dr. Myer and Dr. Leahy spent many hours driving to farms as distant as Capon Bridge and Kaineysville, WV to serve their clients. As time went on and the character of our area slowly changed, the veterinary needs of the area’s pets became more and more a pressing issue. Dr. Leahy began to spend increasing hours inside the hospital attending to those needs.
In 1997, Dr. Myer and Dr. Leahy saw the need to enlarge and remodel the original Roseville Veterinary Clinic building to better accommodate the changing picture of Veterinary Medicine in this area. At that time, the indoor and outdoor large animal facilities were converted to a small animal hospital, and an additional 2000 sq. ft. of hospital space was added. The clinic continued to pursue large animal on an “on the farm” basis, and continued to cover after-hours emergency work for both large and small animals.
On January 1, 2000, Dr. Myer retired from practicing veterinary medicine, leaving behind a strong legacy of “quality practice and honest dealings”. With that, the farm animal side of the practice faded. Dr. Leahy has guided the practice forward to this day with compassion for all, the highest standards of care, and hopes to push forward the legacy left to him by Dr. Myer.
In January of 1993, Dr. Myer saw the need to expand his vision of quality veterinary care to an under-served and developing section of Fredrick County, Virginia. Senseny Road was an old Colonial wagon road that connected both Ashby Gap (Rt. 50) and Snickersville Gap (Rt. 7), and Washington (Arlington and Georgetown) beyond to Winchester, then a Frontier town. Although the Greenwood Road and Senseny Road intersection is only a few miles from Boyce, the new hospital there would serve a whole different demographic than the Roseville hospital in Boyce.
Plaza Pet Clinic was opened in the Country Park Plaza shopping center in June of 1993 as a partial service satellite hospital to Roseville. Initially, it was staffed with only one Receptionist/Technician, and Dr. Myer would have selective hours there, in between farm calls. Surgeries were transported to Roseville for Dr. Leahy to perform. Over the ensuing 10 years, Plaza Pet Clinic has moved and enlarged itself three separate times, always in the Country Park Plaza setting until it is where it still remains today.
As of March 2007, Dr. Leahy is actively searching for a piece of real estate in the Senseny Road area in order to construct a free-standing and enlarged veterinary facility to serve the needs of the growing community into the future.