On June 1, 2008 my wife and I founded Shepherd Spring Animal Hospital in Wakulla County Florida. I am Norm Griggs, a 1980 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and wife Melody is a Registered Animal Health Technician. We founded Hillcrest Animal Hospital in Bartlett Tennessee in 1981 and I spent my previous professional life practicing samll animal medicine and surgery. I have always had a special interest in surgery, especially orthopedic surgery. After selling the business in 2001 we “retired”. Our two boys were grown and we wanted to escape the city for a more quiet, “back to nature” kind of life. Upon seeing the abundance of public lands and the rural setting of Wakulla County we bought a small farm backing up to the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. It was our idea to grow old together, passing the days building our little corner of the wilderness into our own personal paradise.
My decision to return to private practice was strongly influenced by my desire to become a “part” of my new community. At the time we relocated to Florida, there was only one veterinary clinic in the county and it seemed like everyone I met asked me to consider opening a clinic. After a considerable amount of thought and soul searching we decided to open Shepherd Spring Animal Hospital, named for the beautiful natural spring on the St. Marks National Wildlife refuge just behind our home. I have always enjoyed veterinary medicine and surgery more than I could describe. So, from this new beginning, I want to introduce my readers to my life as a veterinarian. It is my hope that, in some small way, I can share with my readers the incredible joy and sadness that this job brings to my life.
So, here it is for all to see. It is so much more than a job, and I hope I can effectively share with you, my readers – My Patients and My Life.
Melody and me