A good veterinarian is hard to find, especially when detour signs, road closures and construction are involved.

“People don’t know we are here,” said Dr. Brad Buckley, one of the veterinarians behind the new Stagecoach Pet Hospital. “It’s hard to get people to drive past a sign that says ‘road closed.’”

The clinic at 4826 East Stagecoach Drive opened its doors Nov. 11, 2013, and the recent closure of Stagecoach Road from West Trimmier Road to Turkey Trot Road hasn’t been ideal.

“Despite the setback of the construction, which we knew going into this, we have been steadily building a clientele,” Buckley said. “It has been more of a struggle than we originally thought, but we are committed to serving this community.”

His partners, Dr. Linda Hankins and Dr. Logan Beene, wanted to capitalize on the growth of the area.

“We wanted to be first rather than last, and our goal is to provide a neighborhood clinic to this growing area,” Buckley said.

While he and his partners operate clinics in Killeen, Copperas Cove and Belton, Dr. Ryan Caperton runs the show at the Stagecoach Pet Hospital.

Caperton was born and raised in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He attended the University of North Texas to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.

Following three years of veterinary school at St. Matthews University, he completed his last year of veterinary school at Oklahoma State University in 2011 and moved to the area in 2013 with his wife, Martina Caperton, who works as an emergency vet.

The couple has two dogs, a German Shepherd named Raven, and an Italian greyhound named Cairo.

“Our mission is to provide quality care for your pet with our friendly staff, caring atmosphere, and state-of-the-art medical care,” said Chris Bradshaw, a vet tech. “We strive to ensure that your experience here is both a positive and rewarding one.”

In addition to treating canines and felines, the clinic also cares for exotics and pocket pets, such as reptiles, birds and guinea pigs. The clinic provides preventive care such as vaccinations, heart worm prevention and parasite control. It also boasts an in-clinic laboratory, as well as specialty lab work, digital radiography, surgical services, including orthopedic and other specialty surgeries, dentistry and behavior and training advice.

“They really take their time with you and thoroughly answer any questions you have,” said Rhonda Hegwood, with her 4-week-old boxer puppy Lucy in tow. “They have a great staff, amazing doctors and are so friendly. I can call them anytime and they are always helpful.”

To set up an appointment or for more information, call 254-200-2790, or go to stagecoachpet.com.

Contact Vanessa Lynch at vlynch@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7567.

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