The name says it all: All Pets Veterinary Clinic, the dream of veterinarian Dr. Carrie Darnaby, opened Jan. 3 with the mission to treat all pets, including what the owner calls “pocket pets.”

“We’re the sixth veterinary clinic in town,” she said, “and I wanted to do something special beyond treating cats and dogs. We treat guinea pigs, ferrets, hamsters, chickens, snakes — anything someone brings in.”

At this time Darnaby isn’t treating large animals like horses and cows unless they can be brought by trailer to her office. “I just can’t afford to make on-farm visits at this time,” she said.

The pristine new facility features a comfort room, surgery and X-ray suite, quarantine area and more. It’s located at 305 Leonardwood Drive, Suite 1, across from Walmart.

Darnaby is a 2004 graduate of Auburn University’s veterinary school, and the native of Lawrenceburg studied at Murray State University before vet school. After graduation, she worked for a time in southern Indiana and has been practicing at other clinics in the Frankfort area for 11 years.

“I’ve always wanted to do this,” she said. “Now I’m financially prepared and ready, so I decided it was time to open my own clinic.”

She has what she describes as “3½ employees,” and her son, Jake, 9, a third-grader at Bridgeport Elementary School, comes in after classes each day to help clean up. Her husband, Steve, is an automation engineer in Louisville.

“I designed the place myself,” she said of the spotless facility. “I’ve been in the vet field for 20 years as a volunteer, technician and now as a doctor, so I knew what I wanted to do with a place.”

Darnaby added she has a passion for all animals and with her connections to the community wanted to go out on her own.

She is extra proud of her “awesome staff,” who all share her passion for pets. “We offer a lot of payment options and are partnering with Petco and Feeders Supply.”

Darnaby explains that different animals have problems unique to their species.

“Guinea pigs, for instance, can develop a Vitamin C deficiency while reptiles are sometimes calcium-deficient. Treating different things keeps it fun.”

The clinic is open six days a week. For more information, call 502-234-2345 or visit pets@allpetsky.com.

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