After more than 40 years of faithful service to the animals of Clinton County, Robert Gano, DVM is stepping down as owner of Orchard Veterinary Care.
Dr. Gano, a lifelong resident of Clinton County, graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1978 and immediately began practicing in his home county.
Although he has been in practice, as well as owning his own business for 42 years, he says he is not finished yet. Dr. Gano will still continue as a practicing veterinarian under the new owner.
He says he is “excited to keep doing what I love without all the ownership responsibilities” and that he will “have more time to spend with family at the end of the day.”
Dr. Allison Bittner, the new owner, began her career as a veterinarian at Orchard Veterinary Care in the spring of 2017 upon graduation from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She is originally from Bowling Green, Ohio, and completed her undergraduate degree at Berry College in Rome, Georgia.
She says becoming a veterinarian “has been a lifelong dream” for her and she loves caring for all varieties of species “especially large animal patients”.
Dr. Bittner and her husband reside in Wilmington, and since her start in 2017 she has loved getting to know the residents — both two- and four-legged.
Dr. Bittner wishes to continue to serve the community and hopes to bring good health to the animals of our area as the new owner, and to be a practicing veterinarian for many years to come.
Orchard Veterinary Care moved to its current location on the corner of Orchard Road and US 68 following the construction of its purpose-built building in 2004. The practice serves clients from at least eight Ohio counties, and treats species ranging from dogs, cats, horses, and cows to rabbits, parakeets and geckos.
Some of the most fun the staff has is serving as the Veterinary Servicers for the Clinton County Fair each year, and of course seeing all the community’s puppies and kittens as they grow.