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97-Year-Old Vet Clinic Has New Owner

Veterinarian Ed Susmilch has bought the practice. He will be the fourth owner of the practice, which began in 1915.

An old veterinary practice in Franksville will have a new owner.

Veterinarian John Fritsche bought the 10203 Northwestern Ave., in 1967; he retired in August. Now, veterinarian Ed Susmilch has bought the practice and he’ll be the fourth owner of the practice, which began in 1915.

Susmilch graduated from veterinary school in 2001 at the University of Illinois, worked for a veterinary practice for a year and served in the military for three years. He bought Prairie Side Veterinary Hospital in Kenosha five years ago. He had been looking for years to buy a second practice, and he found the Franksville-based veterinary clinic.

“I loved this clinic,” he said. “The people here are nice and it’s a nice practice. There’s so much potential here,” Susmilch said.

The practice will focus on cats and dogs, and Dr. Deb Hollis will serve as the main doctor at the practice.

“I was lucky to get Dr. Hollis,” he said. “We have a very similar style.”

Susmilch plans to make a number of upgrades to the Franksville Veterinary Clinic. They plan on offering advanced dentistry, surgical services, and nutritional products. Susmilch plans to expand the business by adding another surgical suite, and treatment room.

But the emphasis will also be on education.

“We want to focus on prevention and wellness because that is the best thing for your animal. But if your animal is sick, we want to cure those chronic illnesses as well,” Susmilch said. “We want to focus on quantity of life and quality of life.”

The hours of operation are: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Mafia Mike November 09, 2012 at 05:34 AM
This happened over a month ago and I had to bring my dog back in for a second checkup to be spayed which was now delayed for another month. Obviously their records were not saved.
Jordan Lueck November 09, 2012 at 07:40 PM
I wish they would have sent a notice out stating that the sale was going to happen. I walked in to ask a question about my dog only to find out it was under new ownership and I had to make an appointment
Laura L Rinehart November 10, 2012 at 06:49 PM
The new owner put my dog to sleep and behaved like he had never done it before. It ended up being more traumatic than it needed to and three months later I now have a new dog, do you really think Im going back there? No way. Doc Fritsche was the Backbone of the whole place. It was a sad day when he retired. I am happy for him but will miss him forever.
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Jane April 05, 2013 at 07:30 PM
We were long time customers and loved Dr. Fritsche and Silvia. We were very disappointed with our last visit to the new clinic. The Vet Tech seemed very inexperienced in his questions and handling our dog. The Vet spent more time pushing their new vaccinations, teeth cleanings and treats than on our dog. To top it off the Vet even made a jab about Dr. Fritsche and his clinic which was extremely unprofessional. Needless to say we will not be bringing our dog back and have spread the word to our fellow friends and family who have been customers there as well.

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