PITTSBURG — A veterinarian has moved closer to home and is now serving Pittsburg at Broadway Animal Hospital.

Puppies, cats and the occasional bunny will be well taken care of by Broadway Animal Hospital's new veterinarian.

Dr. Jack Johnson retired after more than 30 years of veterinary medicine from the animal hospital and now Dr. Heather Wallace has purchased the practice at 101 E. Euclid in Pittsburg. She has been in practice at the location since February.

Wallace received a doctorate of veterinary medicine at Oklahoma State University in 2011. In her bachelor's she focused on genetics, and studied neurobiology and fish during her master's degree program.

Wallace is from north central Kansas and has practiced veterinary medicine for six years in Fort Worth, Texas. She spent two years in emergency medicine and four years in a small animal hospital.

Wallace has a husband, Daren, and three children Mackenzi, Daxen and Lelia — all of whom are now closer to family in Kansas.

Saturday, the office had an open house with raffles and treats. The Southeast Kansas Humane Society was there with puppies and Good Boy Professional Dog Training brought toys and goodies.

Wallace will continue to partner with the Trap, Neuter and Release program along with being the vet for the city.

“We will help a stray animal the city brings in that is hit by a car,” Wallace said.

Wallace will be providing high speed dental and dental x-ray — a new feature for the animal hospital.

“High speed dental will be good for looking under gums,” she said. “We will be able to see abscesses, broken jaws and tumors.”

The office will continue with the same staff and has welcomed another team member, Surgery Technician Tara Bridwell from Frontenac. Bridwell has worked in the veterinary field for over 14 years.

During the open house, Bridwell helped the children on the tour do surgery on their stuffed animals — surgery went well according to six-year-old Hailey Blagg.

“We fixed her ear and we fixed her back,” Blagg said.

 — Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP.