The Parkway Veterinary Hospital Story
In 1983, Jeff Waits, a young Auburn Veterinary School graduate, came to a quaint little fishing village named Niceville and bought a Veterinary Practice. Located along the shores of Choctawhatchee Bay on the outskirts of Eglin Air Force base, he had heard that Niceville would be a great place to raise a family. He also hoped it would be a good place to practice veterinary medicine with the quality that he had dreamed of. His goal was to combine the science of veterinary medicine with the art of caring.
His family flourished in Niceville, and so did his practice. People like the care their pets received at Parkway Veterinary Hospital. By 1991, his practice had grown. By this time he had hired two additional veterinarians. He remodeled the small clinic with two exam rooms to include a second story, four exam rooms, a large treatment area, a surgical suite, radiology and ultrasound rooms.
Parkway has continued to grow and expand through the years. Now sporting four full time veterinarians, Parkway offers the advanced services of cardio pet, endoscopy, ultrasound, orthopedic and soft tissue surgery. Parkway also has state of the art dental equipment featuring dental radiology. Our special brand of caring that makes Parkway home away from home for so many pets has remained constant throughout the years, and will only continue to grow.
Our doctors, Dr. Jeff Waits, Dr. Jason Marquardt, Dr. Dara Johns, and Dr. Carla Politte have over 50 years of experience between them. Our nurses and receptionists all have many years of experience between them and are all pet owners themselves. We are proud of the way our doctors and staff work together to bring the best care to your pets. They all strive to put the pet and owner first, working together seamlessly to give each pet the best of care.
Parkway Veterinary Hospital has been a proud member of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) since 1991. AAHA, established in 1933, is the only organization to accredit companion veterinary hospitals. To become accredited, companion animal hospitals undergo regular comprehensive evaluations by AAHA veterinary experts who evaluate the practice on approximately 900 standards of veterinary care. Today, only 12 to 15% of all hospitals in America and Canada are AAHA accredited. Through the accreditation process and follow up evaluations, you can be assured that Parkway provides the highest level of companion animal care available.
Over the years, Veterinary Medicine has seen a lot of changes. There have been incredible improvements in how we treat and prevent fleas and ticks. Vaccinations and preventive medicine improved. there have been amazing strides in understanding how diet plays a part in the health of a pet. And we are seeing equipment come into everyday use that once was only available at teaching hospitals. It is an exciting time to be a veterinarian and it is a great time to be a pet owner.
At Parkway, we want to utilize the science available while also embracing the human-animal bind that makes having pets special. When science and caring strike a balance at Parkway Veterinary Hospital, everyone benefits. With God's help we will continue to do the best we can for our pets-that is our goal!