Southpointe Veterinary Clinic is celebrating 30 years of business in Guthrie but Dr. Steve Schwandt, D.V.M. has practiced here for 40 years. Growing up on a farm in Mulhull, Dr. Schwandt had an interest in animals and science from a young age and knew he had a future in veterinary medicine by the age of 14. After graduating from Oklahoma State University, Dr. Schwandt spent 10 years at Veterinary Corner before deciding to open his own practice. Southpointe opened its doors in May 1989 and continues to serve the community-at-large.
“When we moved out here, this was a two lane road. We had Stout’s Greenhouse, Triplets and Mary’s Flowers has been there forever. We were the only business besides those south of Industrial,” Dr. Schwandt said.
When SouthPointe Veterinary Clinic first opened, the main clientele were cattle and horses, but Dr. Schwandt said it’s 70% dogs and cats now. They do not treat exotic animals or birds.
A memory that had stayed with Dr. Schwandt over the years is a case involving a Labrador Retriever and a beach towel.
“There’s been a number of them. One time, we had a labrador retriever that ingested a beach towel -- the whole thing. We went in and had to make three or four incisions in the intestinal tract, had to take about a foot out and reconnect it. Figuring this dog has probably had it, but you know, we had it here about a week and it made it. Had puppies about six or eight months later. I remember that one as good as any,” Dr. Schwandt said.
Dr. Schwandt expressed that none of this would be possible without the sense of community offered here and he feels very blessed to call Guthrie home.
“I have been blessed to have the clientele I’ve got and the support over the 30 years here [at Southpointe] and I’d just like to thank them supporting us all those years.”
With no immediate plans of retiring, you can find Dr. Schwandt at SouthPointe Veterinary Clinic located at 3106 S Division St.
“I’m at the age where I could [retire] but I don’t want to. I enjoy what I’m doing and that’s where I’m at right now. As long as my health holds up, I’ll be there.”