Kindness Pet Hospital Offers Gold Standard of Care

October 24, 2014 by Manny Chavez

Although the Kindness Pet Hospital has been in business for more than 16 years now, the Dune Allen veterinary clinic is now owned and operated by Dr. Mary Connor. She grew up in Louisiana and her family vacationed yearly in nearby Navarre. Her taste for the beach developed during those family vacations, and she knew early on that she would do all she could to make the beach more than just a summer stay.

She graduated from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and began her career as a veterinary associate in Northampton, Massachusetts. She loved her work there, but longed for the beach and all things “southern”.

Through her own research and the help of a broker, she acquired the Kindness Pet Hospital  in June. Not wanting to “fix something that ain’t broke,” she kept the name and asked the two previous receptionist/technicians (they wear many hats), to stay on.

“Brooke and April both have extensive animal care experience and our clients love them,” emphasizes Mary.  “I have my staff in place and am now concentrating on educating old and new clients about my qualifications and general practice philosophy.”

Mary’s philosophy centers on client/vet relationships in terms of the pet and what they can all do together to come up with the best care for the animal. “I take the time to discuss a pet’s needs and we work together to come up with the best options…I call it the gold standard of care..we want the plan to be one that is based on their input and not on my dictating to them what I want.”

At this early stage of taking over the business, Mary is working diligently on her website presence and new signage for her clinic location. Her logo, a basic homage to her Belgian sheepdog, Emmee, reflects her love for animals. She tears up as she recounts her relationship with Emmee, who “helped me study through vet school.” Emmee lived 12 healthy years before losing her battle to bone cancer. Mary’s personal experience in dealing with a terminally ill pet has helped her to counsel clients who find themselves in these situations.

Mary has a strong interest in pet geriatric care. Many of her patients are older pets and have special needs, just like human folk. The basic services offered by Kindness Pet Hospital include preventative care, vaccinations based on need (using the safest vaccines), surgeries, dentistry including teeth cleaning and oral surgery, geriatric care, microchipping, and anesthesia.

To make an appointment or for more information, call 850-267-3955. Location: 6744 West County Highway 30A (just west of Butler Elementary). . Hours of operation: M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.


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Manny has been a working photojournalist his entire career and is now writing stories/taking pix for He and his wife Kris live in Seagrove and have “seen a lot come and go.” Lots of stories have been told, with lots more to come!

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