“I love the ability to be able to help people keep their pets be happy and healthy,” said Dr. Brandy Middleton Boykin, owner of Brandy’s Animal Care Center that opened in Eupora in August 2013. “I (have always) loved animals and felt the need to help them and nurture them.”
Dr. Boykin said attended Mississippi State University from August 2000 to April 2009 where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Animal and Dairy Sciences in 2004 and a doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 2009. She worked in Jackson for four years at a large veterinary clinic that had seven doctors and 20 technicians. While in Jackson, Boykin was on the local television news several times speaking about different veterinary topics. She has also been published in The Clarion Ledger and USA Today discussing how preventive care can prolong a pet’s life.
But it was always her dream to return home to open her own veterinary practice. Boykin is from the Center Community of Webster County and attended Eupora Public Schools throughout her elementary and high school years.
Open for almost a year, Brandy’s Animal Care Center focuses on seven service areas, including immunization and wellness, internal medicine, radiology, dental care, pain management and in-house pharmacy.
The website, http://www.brandysanimalcarecenter.com, also features online consulting for those with a quick question, as well as emergency and vaccination information. Website visitors can also take a virtual tour of their state of the art facility.
Mary Katherine Mann is a veterinary assistant at Brandy’s Animal Care Center. She said Dr. Boykin is “an absolutely wonderful boss.”
“And she’s very sincere and kind to all of our customers,” Mann said. “She’s a great person to work for and you won’t find better and affordable care anywhere else but her.”
CharLeigh Hunter has also recently begun working as a veterinary assistant at the Center and has already learned a lot from Dr. Boykin, gaining experience with giving vaccination shots and assisting in c-section on a dog and other minor surgery.
“It is a very fun place to work,” Hunter said. “The work environment is great! I have learned a lot working there from learning how to read fecal slides to how to properly hold animals. I think my favorite thing is monitoring surgeries. It is cool to watch and see how the animal body works. Mostly, I love working there because I get to work with animals every day!”
Another veterinary assistant, Ashley Palmer said she loves that they can have a good personal relationship with clients because they are a smaller clinic, and she also believes in what Dr. Boykin is trying to accomplish.
“Brandy is just awesome all around,” Palmer said. “I’m so lucky to get to work with her. She is always willing to answer my questions and stop and teach me something…She does the best she can for every patient. She doesn’t cut corners just because it would be easier. You can really tell she loves what she does by how hard she works.”
When she is not working, Dr. Boykin enjoys hunting, fishing, crafts, cross-stitch and the outdoors. She and her husband, Josh Boykin, have five pets that include two dogs — a 12-year-old Bluetick Coonhound named Memphis Blue, a two-year-old black Labrador Retriever named Junior; three cats — a black cat named Mags, a calico cat named Crooked, and a grey and white cat named Meg.
Brandy’s Animal Care Clinic is located at 14040 U.S. Hwy. 82 in Eupora, and you can contact them by calling (662) 258-6868. For more information about the clinic, check out their website at http://www.brandysanimalcarecenter.com.
See this story in the July 30, 2014 edition of The Webster Progress Times and The Choctaw Plaindealer at http://choctawplaindealer.com/2014/07/30/dr-boykin-loves-happy-healthy-pets/