It looks like the Kingen veterinary clinic won’t close after all.
Dr David Kingen announced a few months ago that he would retire at the end of 2021, and since he had not had an offer for his practice, it is expected to close.
Kingen will retire at the end of the year; Kingen veterinary clinic closed
But things changed a few weeks ago when Dr Andrew Mills of the Franklin Animal Clinic decided to buy the practice, located at 631 S. Harrison Street.
“We were pleasantly surprised with this,” Kingen said.
The practice had been on the market for over two years.
Kingen said Mills bought the Shelbyville firm to grow the Franklin business, but will not change the name or replace the staff.
“Everything had to go through lawyers,” Kingen said. “We think we’ve settled everything. Hope we close this week or next week.
Mills said he bought the vet clinic because he couldn’t stand seeing it shut down.
“I like to keep people’s legacies alive, that’s one of the reasons I’m doing this,” Mills said. “I don’t have a vet to put in there, but I couldn’t see him get up to close the doors.”
This is not the first time Mills has purchased another veterinary clinic. Mills buys small practices and hires new vets there to help them start their careers.
“I’ve done this with several other smaller practices and I’ll eventually find the right vet in there,” Mills said. “It’s just hard to find vets right out of school because they don’t have the support yet. Basically what I’m trying to do is be that support.
“Anyone who doesn’t have the money or the experience to buy a practice can partner with me to do so,” he continued. “I have done this several times in Martisnville, Nashville and Indianapolis.”
That’s the idea of the Kingen Clinic here in Shelbyville. Mills has yet to find a vet to replace Kingen.
“What I said to the office staff there is that it might take the whole year 2022 for it to be perfect, find the right vet and do it right,” Mills said. .
Any veterinarian looking to partner with Mills in his business can contact him at the Franklin Animal Clinic, at 317-736-5954.
Until a vet is found and the transition is made, Kingen will continue to practice a few days a week.
“What I’m doing right now is training Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for the month of January,” Kingen said. “February can be the same or two days a week during the transition. “
On days the Shelbyville office is closed, Kingen’s current staff will be in the Franklin office, Mills said. One of his goals is to network the two offices to provide the best service to existing Kingen customers.
For example, if there is a Shelbyville animal that needs a service that only the Franklin office can provide, then the Shelbyville office can send that animal to Franklin; then all follow-up appointments can be made at the Shelbyville office.
Mills is asking Shelbyville residents to be patient during the transition.
“One thing I want to tell customers in Shelbyville is to be patient,” he said. “We’re going to keep practicing once or twice a week, even if we don’t have a vet, we’ll be open for supplies.”
Another goal for Mills is to give the office a social media presence. But first, he has to find a vet.
“We really want the practice to continue for years and years to come and anyone who can help us find MDD, please contact us! “