"I have been asked why after 27 years working at Wilkinson Animal Hospital, I am still here and loving it. I have asked myself at times and the answer always is the same – we have the best leadership from our founder, Dr. Jim Gill; we have the most amazing doctors; we have an awesome staff (some who I have been working with for the last 27 years); we have awesome clients who I know as family and most of all the fur legged babies that come through the door."
I moved to North Carolina in 1991 after my husband retired from the Air Force and started a job at a local High School and since I had previously worked at other veterinary hospitals and enjoyed it, I looked for a job in the veterinary field. I was hired the same day at 3 different hospitals, but Wilkinson just had that special feeling that said, “I belonged here” from day one.
I started at the front desk as a Receptionist, moved to overseeing Finance at the Front Desk, then to Office Manager and finally to Practice Manager. This all happened from the great leadership and mentorship that I received from Dr. Gill, who helped mold me into leading others and helping people and their babies. Our staff is like family, we work together but we also share celebrations from weddings, graduations and birthdays. We like to be challenged so we have weekly or monthly games and staff meetings so we can share with each other the things that we are so happy about during the week, such as a patient doing well after a major surgery or a clients that said great things about one of the staff. We all love what we do but we also want to share with each other. Do not get me wrong, it can be stressful, but this is when the training that is provide to our staff and the practice we do at the staff meetings always helps us get through these times. We also have a unique management system, that makes things go right."
Our clients are the best and I love them like family because they are our family. We get to know about their pets as well as about their family and the celebrations that they go through. Our patients, our fur legged friends and the ones that do not have fur such as our birds, reptiles and such – that is why we are here. Our staff give them the best care, love, treatment and recommendation so they can live longer and healthier. I get to observe the staff when no one else is watching and they sing, kiss and snuggles these babies. They truly believe that our clients and patients are special, and they truly love what they are doing.
Why do I work at Wilkinson Animal Hospital? It is the greatest veterinary hospital ever with the best leadership, best Veterinarians, the best staff, the best clients and the best patients. Did I use best too much, well that is how truly feel."
– Sally Stone, Practice Manager