Community and Events
Veterinarian of the Year Awarded
An Alabama veterinarian, who has served the profession for more than 30 years, was honored by his colleagues as Veterinarian of the Year for the State of Alabama for 2017.
Dr. Ken McMillan, originally from Union Springs, AL, was visibly humbled as his name was announced at the President’s Luncheon and Awards Banquet on Thursday, June 29. Dr. T.C. Branch, who presented the award, praised Dr. McMillan for his “Unselfish dedication to the association by providing persistent and effective leadership while leading our legislative affairs committee”.
Dr. McMillan received his DVM from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1981. He moved to the Pell City area in 1983 where he began practicing at Pell City Animal Hospital, becoming a partner in the practice in 1986. With the help of his business partner, Dr. Jim Farmer, the practice has grown to now include 3 full time veterinarians.
In addition to practicing both small and large animal veterinary medicine, Dr. McMillan served as a member of the Alabama Board of Agriculture and Industries from 2003-2010, serves as the Legislative Liaison of the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association from 2011- present, and is a columnist for Progressive Farmer, Ask the Vet, from 2001 – present. He is past President of both the St. Clair County Cattleman’s Association and the Northeast Alabama Veterinary Medical Association. In 1998 Dr. McMillan received the El Toro Award, presented by the Large Animal Clinic, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine for excellence in food animal medicine.
Dr. McMillan and his wife, Priscilla, have two sons, Gaines, a graduate of Birmingham Southern College and George, a graduate of the University of Alabama. They live on Meadowlake Farm in Lincoln, AL where they enjoy raising registered Polled Hereford cattle as well as 3 dogs and 8 cats.
The Veterinarian of the Year is awarded to a member of the Alabama VMA who displays unselfish dedication to the association for advancement of the profession. The association has over 700 members statewide.
1st annual 12 DAYS of CHRISTMAS – 12/11 – 12/22/2017
Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas to the fur babies at the Pell City Animal Control Center!!!
Pell City Animal Hospital was excited to host our 1st annual 12 DAYS of CHRISTMAS…
Unfortunately, the holidays are a time when the number of animals brought into shelters increases. Many dogs and cats, through no fault of their own, will spend the upcoming holidays in the Pell City Animal Control Center.
We asked the community to join us, DECEMBER 11th – 22nd, as we gathered items to make the holidays of the dogs and cats at PCACC a little merrier! And did they ever deliver!!! Despite the rush of the Christmas season, you all SO GRACIOUSLY responded!! Cynthia and I had the pleasure of making the delivery to the center on Dec. 22nd, just in time for Christmas!!! THANK YOU from each dog and cat, puppy and kitten at the center who will enjoy a new soft fleece blanket, a different type of canned food, a chew toy, treats, new bowls/litter boxes, and peanut butter and pumpkin puree for Kong toys. For the staff who care for these animals, we provided paper towels, dish detergent, laundry detergent, cleaners, and more!! And the monetary donations will go to the Friends of the Pell City Animal Control Center for providing a priority item for the center. YOU have added a little something extra to the lives of these babies who will be spending the holidays in the animal control center. Thank you! Merry Christmas and all the best in 2018!!
Lights In the Park – 12/1 – 12/31/2017
Pell City Animal Hospital is excited to again be participating in the Lights In the Park at Lakeside Park in Pell City!!! The Pell City Parks and Recreation staff has outdone themselves this year starting with a BEAUTIFUL entrance to the park !!! The event begins on December 1st, so load up your vehicles and drive through the park to see beautiful scenes of Christmas joy complimentary of many businesses in the area! Each participating business/club/organization has created a display that will certainly get you in the Christmas spirit! Don’t let the year slip away without you and yours enjoying a drive through the park! Pell City Animal Hospital is proud to be a part of this community event!! THANKS to all who organized and participated!!!
Avondale Mills Day – 10/28/2017
Despite the cold, damp weather, Pell City Animal Hospital enjoyed being a part of the Avondale Mills Day this past Saturday! While we didn’t have much “cooling” to do due to the COLD weather, we were glad to see each of you who stopped by our tent, some with your pups and others just visiting and picking up treats for your dogs and cats at home. Special thanks to Tasha Oakes and Amelia Sorrels for bringing Chloe and Rusty!! Thanks to Cynthia, Drs. Bearden and McMillan, Priscilla, Sarah, and Tasha from PCAH for braving the rain and cold to support this community event!
Visit to First Baptist Church Kindergarten – 10/2/2017
Sharing their love for animals and how to properly care for them, Dr. Bearden and Jayme, one of 3 LVTs at Pell City Animal Hospital, enjoyed their visit to the First Baptist Kindergarten, in Pell City,
last Thursday! Around 100 two and three year-olds were able to pet and “doctor on” Lyla and Squishy. Lyla, rescued from an abusive home, and Squishy, a stray that was badly injured in an accident and wandered up to aneighbors home, were both adopted and nursed back to health by Jayme and her 3 animal loving children! In addition to spending time with the pups, each child was presented with a “goodie bag” which included a couple of pet coloring pages, a photo mat (compliments of Tyson Framing in Anniston, AL) complete with cat and dog stickers and paw print stickers for additional decorating!
Ladies, thank you for being a part of Pell City Animal Hospital’s efforts to continue to be involved in our community! We appreciate you sharing your time and knowledge with these children. Special thanks also to FBK, Lyla and Squishy!
Visit to Victory Christian – 9/22/2017
Our animal educators from Pell City Animal Hospital were out in the community again this week with a visit to Victory Christian!! Enjoying the opportunity to be held and petted were: Baby Jewel (lamb), Quisha (goat), Highway (rescue kitty), Sweet Cheeks (chicken), and Lyla (Great Dane)
THANK YOU to Jayme, Jodi, Harper, Cash, Josie and Aidan for sharing with others how to care for and love your pets!
Lynda Higgins Memorial Garden – 9/22/2017
On May 2, 2016, Pell City Animal Hospital lost one of our “rocks”…Lynda Higgins. We wanted to do something permanent, for all to enjoy, to express our admiration of and appreciation for what Lynda meant to our clinic. We decided on a Memory Garden, full of color and life. Lynda loved her flowers and took pride in caring for them and loved to share with others her floral gifts from God! We have completed the Lynda Higgins Memorial Garden. In addition to the colorful containers filled with evergreen and blooms, we included a whimsical cat and pup, and completed the area with a garden flag that reads “Enjoy Life!” Lynda’s infectious laugh, her smile that lit up the room, and her desire to help all who had the privilege of knowing her will always be etched in our hearts and minds. We miss her and will never forget her!
“PAWS” 4 Houston – 9/12/2017
Only if we understand can we care. Only if we care will we help. Only if we help shall they be saved. -Jane Goodall
You understood the devastation and the many animals whose lives were rearranged due to the hurricanes; you cared enough to help and provided food, beds, detergents, shampoos, cat litter, toys, medical products, financial support and LOVE; and many will be saved because YOU helped!
This 3rd load was delivered to the Greater Birmingham Humane Society on Thursday. They were SO appreciative of the support that our community has given!!! Pell City Animal Hospital APPRECIATES YOU for caring enough to help so that precious dogs and cats are saved!! We will collect until October 23rd for one last delivery! Thank you!!
This is a summary of what we were able to collect through the help of our fabulous community…
PAWS for Houston Accumulated Donations
Dry Dog Food: 400+ lbs.
Canned Dog Food: 80 lbs.
Dry Cat Food: 190+ lbs.
Cat Litter: just under 300 lbs. (294.5)
Dish Detergents: 9 bottles
Treats: 6 bags
Laundry Detergents: 2 HUGE boxes
Bleach: 10 gallons
Gloves: 8 pkgs.
Lysol Wipes: 4
Heartgard: 2 boxes
Toys/Stuffed Animals: 10
Financial Support: $362.86
Visit to Ms. Sha’s Licensed Home Daycare – 7/19/2017
Educating young ones about animals is something that we at Pell City Animal Hospital enjoy doing. Jayme and Jodi, from PCAH, loaded up several of their special pets and dropped by for a visit at Ms. Sha’s Licensed Home Daycare! Enjoying much attention from the little ones were Baby Jewel (lamb being held by Jodi), Lyla (Great Dane shown with Jayme), Sweet Cheeks (chicken), and Natalie (kitty cuddling in the arms of Harper). Special thanks to Jodi, Jayme, and Harper for sharing your time and furry/feathery friends! If you are interested in scheduling a visit from these sweet pets and people, give our clinic a call at 205-884-4104!
Avondale Mills Day:
We were so excited to be the official veterinarian for the 1st Annual Avondale Mills Day. We loved providing the cooling station for all the participants of the puppy parade as well as their owners. It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed handing out educational material, snacks and bottled water to the wonderful people that stopped by to say hi.
Educational Support Team Treks:
First Baptist Church Kindergarten Class:
Dr. Bearden and some of our staff members visited with a dog and cat to talk about proper pet care and handed out goodie bags for all the children.
Victory Kids Summer Day Camp:
Our staff members were excited to be invited to talk about the proper care and treatment of animals with the kids. Since the event was outside, we were able to bring along a chicken and a sheep as well as a dog to visit with the kids.
Heartworm Awareness Month:
To reward our clients for providing the best preventative care to their pets, all clients that purchased heartworm prevention during Heartworm Awareness Month were entered into a drawing for an IPad Mini. Regina Rogers was our lucky Winner! Congratulations!
Lakeside Hospice – Primp Your Pet Parade :
We were excited to be a part of the gathering at Lakeside Park for such a wonderful event. Pell City Animal Hospital provided a cooling station for all the parade participants on this beautiful day. We could meet and greet the residents of our community while handing out treat bags and registering the pet parents for our gift basket give-a-ways. All proceeds from this event helped fund the non-profit organizations in-home pet care assistance program for hospice patients.