By Guy Chapman – Navarro County Gazette

People driving past Corsicana Veterinary Clinic, located at 1701 W. Second Avenue, have likely noticed the large patch of freshly moved dirt located behind the primary medical building. Ground was recently broken for an all-new small animal clinic expansion on Tuesday, Nov. 1, set to tentatively open during the summer of 2023.

Dr. Scott Barham and his wife Kerri have been owners of the clinic since 2020. A graduate of Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Scott had previously worked at his father’s clinic as an associate. Once taking over the practice, the eventual goal of expanding the current office to larger, more modern, practice on a land adjacent to the current location began taking shape.

The new 7,000 square foot clinic expansion will build upon the current clinic’s 2,100 square footage to provide more availability of veterinary services. Plans include the addition of a larger, meticulously selected, veterinarian staff to give more time to clients during their visits, expand current medical, surgical, and emergency procedures, and extend current operating hours, based on patient demands.

“Initially, things will probably be very similar to what we have now,” Dr. Scott said. “As we get another veterinarian on board, that will give us the opportunity to focus on some more specialty type stuff. Maybe some more surgery, orthopedics, and I want to do more dentistry.”

Dr. Scott is optimistic the expansion will be able to meet the demands of the local growing community. His goal is for the clinic to be able to accommodate at least double our current patient load over the next couple of years.

With an extra associate on staff, Dr. Scott sees the upcoming expansion as a means to chase his passion of building better medical outcomes for furry patients while expanding on the on the previous legacy of “Serving People through Pets” established by his father, Dr. Bobby Barham.

Archival photo of Dr. Bobby Barham

The current clinic, which originally opened in 1977, was the third Navarro County practice of Barham, a 1966 graduate of Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. Barham first served the area by working out of his parents’ office in Blooming Grove (E.O. Barham Grain, Inc.) as well as off the porch of his home in Corsicana. In 1970, Barham built the first home of Corsicana Veterinary Clinic (currently the home of Huffman Communications on Seventh Avenue) before transitioning from a mixed animal practice to a small animal only practice in 1976.

With the new expanded changes already under construction, Corsicana Veterinary Clinic will be set to accommodate family pets in a compassionate and empathetic environment for generations to come.

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