- Evening and Weekend Hours
- Affordable Services
- Care Credit Payment Plans
- Friendly & Caring Staff
- Digital Radiology
- Animal Boarding
- Animal Daycare
- Animal Flea Control
- Animal Grooming
- Animal Microchipping
- Emergency Veterinary Clinic
- Small Animal Vet
- Veterinary Dentistry
- Veterinary Euthanasia
- Veterinary Surgery
- Veterinary Vaccinations
West Jefferson Animal Hospital is a full service animal hospital. We offer a wide range of veterinary services which include preventative medicine, hospitalization, surgery, dentistry, grooming, and boarding. Our Veterinarians are experienced in all types of conditions and treatments. Beyond first rate pet care, we make our clinic comfortable, kid-friendly, and a very calm environment so your pet can relax in the waiting room and look forward to meeting his or her doctor.
Happy pets make happy owners. The best way to ensure our pets happiness is to keep them healthy. We recognize that every pet is different inside and out from their personality to individual health. Our veterinarians and staff are trained to help keep them their healthiest based on age, weight, diet and behavior, exercise, individual needs and existing medical conditions. Since obesity is a common problem linked to additional medical conditions, proper nutrition for our pets is an essential part to their overall health. Like children, vaccinations for pets help build up their immunities to protect them from harmful and sometimes fatal diseases for a healthy life. Help protect your new puppy or kitten by scheduling an exam and vaccines as soon as possible. We recommend annual exams, boosters, heartworm tests, and fecal tests to keep your pets their healthiest. Please call to schedule your pet(s) for annual exams and vaccinations.
We offer a wide variety of surgeries which are performed in our hospital. All of our pets are required to be up to date on their vaccines while staying in the hospital. We perform surgeries on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week. Our surgery patients are dropped off either the morning of the surgery betweem 7 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. or before 7:30 p.m. the night before. We ask that these pets do not have any food after 8 p.m. the night before a surgery so they are able to metabolize the anesthetic effectively and safely. Please call if you have any questions about a surgery, need an estimate or to schedule an appointment.
Around four months of age, dogs and cats begin to get their permanent teeth. It is important to keep an eye on their dental health from an early age. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats start to show signs of oral disease by age three. A yellow/brown tartar along the gum line, inflamed gums, and frequent bad breath can all be signs of dental disease. Without proper dental care, plaque and tartar buildup can lead to periodontal disease and oral pain. Daily brushing of your pet's teeth can help prevent plaque and calculus. If you are unable to brust their teeth, provide them with hard chew toys and dry food to help break down any plaque buildup on the teeth. Flavored toothpaste and toothbrushes are dusigned for your pet and can help aid in the dental health. At West Jefferson Animal Hospital, we offer pet dental exams, professional cleanings and extractions. Please call to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly receptionists.
We offer digital x-rays that are done in the hospital. The majority of our radiographs are done during surgery in the morning since some pets may need to be sedated. Those pets that need sedation should have their food withheld 12 hours before any sedation is given. Radiographs of the chest allow us to see the size and shape of the heart and whether there are any lung conditions present we need to know about. We are also able to evaluate the stomach, digestive tract, and other structure by x-raying the abdomen. Radiographs are also helpful to look at the pelvis and knee areas to see if your pet is suffering from hip dysplasia and/or osteoarthritis.
Here at West Jefferson Animal Hospital we provide the comfort and quality care your pet deserves while boarding in our facility. We prove all of the necessities your pet need to be comfortable including food, water, blankets and bedding. If your pet is on a special diet or needs special food, we ask that you bring those in so your pet gets the proper care they need. Sometimes when a dog or cat is in a kennel environment they might display behavior not normally seen at home. With this type of behavior being a possibility, we no longer allow pets to have access to their own blankets, toys, or other belonging for their safety. We also provide the convenience of Sunday pick-ups which all you to bring your pets in during regular business hours and pick them up on a Sunday evening. Payment is expected on the day you drop your pet off for a Sunday pick-up. This is a fast and easy way to pick up your pet on your way back into town at the end of the weekend. Please call for pricing and to reserve your pet(s) a spot in our kennel.
Pamper your pet with a day at the spa. Our pets are dropped off at 9 a.m. Monday - Friday by appointment only. They are treated to a nice warm bath using specifically designed shampoo for the different types of coats. Along with the bath, we also offer nail trims, ear cleaning, brushing, de-matting, scissoring and shave downs. You will be able to meet with the groomer when you drop your pet off to go over exactly how you would like your pets coat groomed. Call to schedule your pet for a grooming today to have her/him looking and smelling their best.
The HomeAgain Microchip is a permanent pet ID placed beneath the skin and between the shoulder blades. Similar to a routine vaccination, the microship is about the size of a grain of rice and requires no anesthetic. A microchip scanner is passed over your pet's shoulder blades to read the pet ID and match it with your contact information. HomeAgain works with hundred of thousands of veterinary offices and shelters to help reunite pets and their owners.
Protect your pet with the proper identification to ensure their return to you in the unfortunate event they become lost. Please call to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians today!
Dr. Paul Stephenson
Dr. Paul Stephenson, D V M
Dr. Stephenson is the director of West Jefferson Animal Hospital. He graduated from Cleveland State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1977. In 1982, he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D V M) from The Ohio State University. Dr. Stephenson is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (A V M A), Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (C V M A), and Wyoming Veterinary Medical Association (W V M A). He has been married for 20 years to his wife Cathy who you may see coming and going from the hospital. Together they have two beautiful children, ages 10 and 16. While Dr. Stephenson is out of the office he likes to stay active in a local christian fellowship and serve on short term mission trips to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He also enjoys anything outdoors (camping, hiking, back packing, biking, swimming, scuba diving, skiing, and fishing). During his weekends off he can be found 4-wheeling with his son or cheering on his daughter at her horse shows.
"Humor is one of mankinds greatest blessings." -Mark Twain
Dr. Tracy Arvin
Dr. Tracy Arvin, D V M
Dr. Arvin completed her Bachelor of Science degree in 1984 at Miami University. In 1989 she graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine with her D V M and has been practicing at West Jefferson Animal Hospital ever since. Dr. Arvin is also a current member of the A V M A and O M V A.
She has been married for many wonderful years to her loving husband and together they have one child. She considers being a wife and a mother to their son a blessing. When Dr. Arvin has time off she enjoys gardening and biking. She also enjoys serving in church outreach programs to help the homeless and at-risk.
Dr. Stephanie Schaefer
Dr. Stephanie Schaefer, D V M
Dr. Schaefer is an Associate Veterinarian at West Jefferson Animal Hospital. She attended Indiana State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1997. From there she went to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine where she recieved her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree while completing her clinical at The Ohio State University in 2006. She is a member of the A V M A and has been a general practitioner of canine and feline medicine since graduating in 2006.
In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and menagerie of pets. She also enjoys life coaching, running and scuba diving.
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." -Henry David Thoreau
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." -Anatole France