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Welcome to Hope Veterinary Clinic PA in Amarillo, TX

Hope Veterinary Clinic, PA focuses on small animal medicine and surgery. We are committed to helping our clients select the best medical decisions for their pets. We believe education and communication are very important in companion animal care. Our staff is a cohesive group of individuals who work very hard to ensure that your pet is safe and comfortable while in our hospital. We are focused on the cleanliness of all areas of our clinic. Dr. Faulkner has over 35 years of medical experience and a passion that is essential when facing the challenges of small animal medicine and surgery. Let us know how we can help you. A companion animal can make a great difference in your life and we are here to help whenever you need us.

About Us

Hope Veterinary was founded in 1981 by Dr. David Faulkner and our mission statement is "We support the human-animal bond". Click to learn more!

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Keeping your pets happy and healthy is our job, and our site is full of helpful info, including nutrition, vaccinations, medication, and geriatric pet care.

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Need to make an appointment for your pet with one of our Amarillo, TX vets, or have a question? Call us today at 806-353-5566 or fill out our Contact Form.

Included in this statement is the position of Hope Veterinary Clinic and Sarah and David Faulkner of Amarillo, Texas on the G7
tragedy and the proposed Ordinance.
I will assume here that all reading this will know to which Ordinance I am referring.
I am Sarah Faulkner and I am writing on behalf of the business, David and myself.

We have long been supporters of the Amarillo Humane Society and the many shelters and rescue organizations in the area which ultimately pull animals from the City Pound and find them suitable homes. I have been impressed with the work done through many people and at times, have seen unity and reciprocity between the Pound and the rescues.
The G7 debacle and the proposed Ordinance have put all at an impasse but we have to use this current climate to answer some tough questions and make some changes.

We are appalled at the contemptible decision of Dick Havens to euthanize a mother, an animal now known as a letter and a number,
at the most vital and yet most vulnerable time in a female's life. An act like this would never, ever occur inside the walls of a veterinary clinic.
We do not support the proposed Ordinance. It smacks of a discrimination lawsuit and is entirely unenforceable.
This clinic will not be part of any plan Dick Havens may propose that would include veterinary clinics to report unlicensed litters nor will we ask to see paperwork
pertaining to licensed litters if our City does lose its mind and adopt the proposal.

The answer is education and the building of a Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic. Multiple times a day clients ask me what it costs to spay/neuter. As many as 15 times a day,
I answer this question. We have kept those fees low as we can to help as many as we can schedule and sterilize. We honor as many certificates as we can. I do not believe that a LCSNC will harm veterinary clinics. There are enough people who simply want their veterinarian to perform the surgery and will go to that clinic. We are scheduled two months out!
The people who want to spay and neuter but are on a tight budget will use the LCSNC and bounce back to the vet clinic for other types of care.

I personally have been at the receiving end of collusion and retaliation from Dick Havens. I must stay on point here but I want our City
to know that if anyone wants to hear my story of what he is capable of doing when he is crossed, please call me. I hope you are the news. I'm standing right here.

Featured Story

Last week Hope Vet Clinic was involved in rescuing 35 adult cats and 19 kittens from the most devastatingly filthy environment I've ever seen involving animal cruelty. From our staff, I would like to thank Kristian Tucker, Cherelle Rubins, Brea Brown and Michael James as well as William Kearn, a friend to all animals for helping rescue these animals from certain death.

Anyone who could foster or adopt these cats and kittens will be greatly appreciated. Due to the volume of animals, I cannot promise, but I will try to get corporate sponsorship for vaccinations. Feel free to come by and any staff member can show you the cats that are available.

Obviously, we do not want to divulge the location of where these animals were hoarded. The property manager said the building will be taken down to the frame to be rebuilt. The person responsible is an aged woman who used to be a conscientious care provider but somehow lost her way. It is not our intention to drag this woman's name through the mud but that said we have many more pictures on hand if anyone would like to see more of the environment in which these pets suffered.

Some were born in this disaster and have never had a breath of fresh air in their lives. Most are friendly and have adjusted to the new norm quite well. Many are this side of wild. Several would be great for barn and shop cats! All must be sterilized but will have to be worked into our busy surgery schedule. You may have your own veterinarian for the procedure. We will honor any sterilization voucher as we cannot sterilize the cats at no cost; there are simply too many.

Any fourth-year veterinary student could sterilize at the clinic on a Saturday under Dr. Faulkner's license and mentorship as long as the client has a voucher!

I know this is a wordy post and I apologize. I cannot overstate the importance of needing help with this project. We will keep our friends and followers on
Facebook apprised of the progress we are making to rehome and foster - onward through the fog!! #whatwasIthinking

Sarah Faulkner, Hope Veterinary Clinic

Case Of The Month

JULY

On 5.14.19, we saw the Schermetzler family with young Abraham, an 8-10 week old kitten. He arrived with another set of non-healing, self-inflicted wounds, behind each ear and aggressively chewed areas on the lateral side of both back feet. The family stated that he clawed at himself constantly.

Initially, we ruled out the fleas, ticks, ear mites, infections. Other than his significant wounds, his body had no signs of what would cause him to tear at himself so violently. The family was stressed from it; the videos alarming.

We offered to observe Abraham to witness his complete behavior aware that he would be somewhat "different" than at home. That evening Dr. McKnight and I got him out again to look at Abraham and Dr. noticed something very strange- the kitten had an excessive amount of skin, in fact, 3x's more skin on his be back than his body itself measured in height!

He applied a measurement equation to the height and length of the skin compared to his body and diagnosed Abraham with Ehler-Danos, an untreatable condition. All that can be done is to protect the kitten from self-injury to the thinning skin, the skin that gives the kitten the hebee-gebees.

We tried soft paws and cones; he destroyed those as quickly as introduced. We started amitriptyline, no effect. We may try another behavioral meds when he is older. After much deliberation, the family and Dr. M. agreed a four-way declaw was the only thing to protect Abraham from himself.

He is home now and has recovered well. His discomfort remains controlled and we except him to recover completely from a procedure that nobody likes but is sometimes necessary.

We will continue to monitor Abraham & his Ehler's disease, an interesting condition that can be damaging to a pet. As he grows he may wear a body suit to keep from sagging; we will have to see. When the pet itches and no cause prevents itself, check the height if their skin!!