Do You Really Know Your Vet?

Lisa and I are very lucky to have a wonderful veterinarian, Dr. Boswell owner of North Cobb Animal Clinic, very near to where we live....

Horst Hoefinger  |  Jul 13th 2009


Lisa and I are very lucky to have a wonderful veterinarian, Dr. Boswell owner of North Cobb Animal Clinic, very near to where we live. Even if she wasn’t so close we would still go to her because not only is she extremely knowledgeable in her field, she is also a caring and compassionate animal lover.

The whole staff is great to deal with. Whenever we call with a question, which we do a lot, or stop by, which we also do a lot, we are always greeted by name and treated like family. We know they really care about the welfare of our dogs, and while the pups aren’t always happy to see them we know they are well taken care of. If anyone lives in or around the Kennesaw, GA. area we highly recommend North Cobb Animal Clinic.

The reason I’m even discussing our vet is because of an article I just read about one in Marietta, GA. who just had his license suspended. It was suspended for repeated code violations, including keeping dead cats in a freezer alongside food, according to state officials.

It raises the question, “How well do you know your vet?”

The Georgia State Board of Veterinary Medicine has suspended Dr. Anji Bodana’s license for three years, fined him $3,000 and is requiring the Cobb County vet to undergo continuing education courses stemming from uncorrected code violations found in 2006.

Bodana runs the Cobb Pet Clinic at 1050 E. Piedmont Road in Marietta.

The Marietta Daily Journal reports that Bodana disputes the findings, saying “they’re not right.”

In late 2006, an investigator with the Secretary of State’s Office of Inspector General inspected the facility at the board’s request, according to state documents. At that time, investigator Merry Cagle found dead cats in a freezer with food, pets kept in an unlit room without ventilation, no records of the animals housed in the clinic’s kennel, unlabeled medications, and areas including exam rooms that were “dirty, unkempt and had an offensive odor,” among other violations.

By May of 2007, most of the violations had been remedied, according to the report. However, in January of 2008, Cagle returned to the clinic at the board’s request and found more violations, including: surgical instruments outside of sterile packs, no sterilization machine, syringes (including an uncapped needle that appeared to have blood on it) found on various surfaces and dogs kept in kennels without identifying information and a foul odor throughout the clinic.

Bodana opened the Cobb Pet Clinic in December 2001. He is licensed in Georgia, Alabama and Florida, according to the report.

The moral of the story, spend some time checking out who you are trusting your beloved pet to. Go to visit the practice you’re thinking about going to and ask for a tour. If they don’t want you looking around there may be a reason. Look online for reviews and ask friends and neighbors with dogs who they go to.

Remember, just because someone puts out a sign saying they’re a vet it doesn’t make them a good one. Take a look at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary website for some good tips on choosing a vet.