Lancers Square Animal Clinic celebrates 40th anniversary

Lancers Square Animal Clinic (LSAC) opened its doors 40 years ago, in January 1978.

Founder Dr. Lee Reeves, fresh from veterinary school and sporting a full head (and chin!) full of hair, braved a heavy snowfall to get to his brand-new clinic. The snow was so heavy, you could barely see the roads.

Nevertheless, that first day, he saw a couple of patients and sold one tube of ointment – and that was all he needed to start a flourishing practice.

Now, in 2018, Dr. Reeves has had thousands of clients – some of whom have been coming to him for his entire 40 years in business.

These four clients have been with him since the first year: Mark and Barbara Phelps, Mary Grace Bartoo, Mark and Linda Portnoy, and J.H. and Connie Veazey. Lancers Square Animal Clinic will honor these four clients in a special event in the coming months.

“We have known Dr. Reeves since 1976,” the Portnoys said. “We have gone through many animals, both cats and dogs, with Dr. Reeves. They have all been happy with him and gotten the best care possible.” The Portnoys’ children, now grown, take their pets to Dr. Reeves, too – even one who lives in Los Angeles.

While not every client has been with him from the beginning, his loyal clientele is immense. Some have brought in new generations of clients and pets as children have grown and brought their own pets to Reeves.

Reeves has seen the veterinary industry and the Plano community change over the last four decades – for the better.

“The practice of veterinary medicine has changed dramatically over the last 40 years, for the better,” said Dr. Reeves. “The technology, the medications, the surgical techniques – all the different ways of doing things that have advanced the field have just been incredible over the last 40 years.”

It’s been quite the journey over the last four decades. In 2015, Dr. Reeves began considering the path to retirement, but wanted to make sure his legacy continued. He decided to sell his practice to Innovetive Petcare, which acquired the practice that year, and hired two excellent doctors to carry the torch as Dr. Reeves scaled back his time in the office to just a few days a week, allowing him to enter his retirement years with the peace of mind that his practice would be in good hands.

Though Dr. Reeves is easing into retirement, his love for his profession remains.

“I’ve been asked, if I had to do it all over again, would I? And the answer is, without question, yes,” Dr. Reeves said. “I’ve wanted to be a veterinarian since I was five years old and I was so incredibly fortunate and blessed to have been able to live my dream.”

Lancers Square Animal Clinic’s three veterinarians now offer a variety of services, including dental care, emergency care, laser therapy, surgery, radiology, vaccinations, and more to meet the needs of Plano’s pets. Lancers Square Animal Clinic will celebrate this milestone 40th anniversary throughout 2018 in various ways, including video interviews with Dr. Reeves, blog posts about the history of the clinic, a presentation to highlight the clinic’s longest standing clients, and more.

“I hope Lancers Square Animal Clinic will continue to be an important part of this community for the next 40 years, as it has been in the last 40 years, Dr. Reeves said. “I loved it then, I love it now. It’s been an amazing career. I’d do it all again.”