News January 15, 2019 MSU grad opens veterinary clinic with help from SBDC A graduate of Morehead State University has opened her own veterinary clinic thanks to the support of MSU’s Small Business Development Center. Dr. Christina Osborne founded the Central Appalachian Veterinary Clinic in South Williamson, offering internal medicine, radiology, laboratory services, comprehensive surgical procedures and patient care services to small and exotic animals. Osborne was born and raised in Virgie. She graduated from Morehead State in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She continued her education at Auburn University, graduating with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in 2011. After graduation, Osborne worked for one year at East Kentucky Animal Clinic in Pikeville and has worked for the past six years at Danville Animal Clinic in Danville, West Virginia, as an associate veterinarian. Her first meeting with SBDC Consultant Michelle Spriggs was in March 2018 to discuss her plans to open a new veterinary clinic in the Williamson area. Osborne and Spriggs discussed her working capital needs, start-up cost, business plan and developed financial projections needed for a commercial loan submission. Funding was approved through Citizens Bank of Kentucky in August. “Michelle with the Prestonsburg SBDC provided the assistance that I needed when starting my clinic. The aspects of starting a business are very difficult without the background the SBDC provides. The assistance they provided was instrumental in approval of my loan to purchase my building and fund my business,” said Osborne. Osborne’s mission is to, “provide her patients with quality, personalized care, allowing them to live long, healthy, happy lives with their loving families. Pets are family members and we will be treating them like our family at Central Appalachian Veterinary Clinic,” said Osborne. Central Appalachian Veterinary Clinic opened on Nov. 1 creating five new jobs within the Williamson area. They provide veterinary care to all species of animals. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Additional information is available by contacting the Central Appalachian Veterinary Clinic at 606-257-1187, via Facebook @centralappalachianvet or online at www.centralappalachianvet.com. The Prestonsburg SBDC office serves the counties of: Breathitt, Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Lee, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Pike and Wolfe. To contact MSU SBDC at Prestonsburg call 1-800-648-5372 ext. 2681, 606-783-2681, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EKSBDC or email email@example.com.