Local veterinarian Brad Gray, whose family has been serving pet owners for more than 60 years, opened a second practice in Greenville’s Powder Mill Square just last week. His original practice is located in Chadds Ford. Between the two offices, Brandywine Veterinary Hospital offers a full service of veterinary medicine, dentistry, surgery, boarding and grooming.
With deep roots in the area, Gray said he opened his new location because of the growing interest for his services among friends and families across northern Delaware. Powder Mill Square seemed like the perfect location to Gray; it is convenient to clients from North Wilmington and the city, offers ample convenient parking, and it provided Gray the opportunity to outfit a brand-new facility designed to his specifications, with two attractive exam rooms and an inviting waiting area.
We recently said down with Gray to hear his advice for pet owners and learn how on earth his family manages more than two dozen pets!
TSD: We hear you and your family have quite an array of pets. Can you tell us a bit about them?
Gray: Our dogs and cats all have very unique personalities, and we love them all. We have two Black Lab sisters and a Golden Retriever/Great Pyrenees cross. If the dogs were on The Bachelor, Chloe would be the deep brooding one crying every episode, Stella would be the full figured cute one that everyone likes, and Lana would be the overbearing blonde. Our dogs are quite friendly with our two cats – both Domestic Short Hair.
At one point in time our kids did a report at school listing our pets, and at that time we had 27, including reptiles, birds, horses, cats, dogs and amphibians!
TSD: Can you share some background for our readers who might not be familiar with you or your practice?
Gray: Veterinary medicine is a second career for me. I owned and operated Centreville Logging and Tree Services from 1984 until 1995 and then attended The University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School. This practice has been in our family since 1957, when it was opened by my father. He passed away 10 years ago, and I have been running it since.
Town Square Delaware: Does your practice have a particular specialty?
Brad Gray: My father started the practice in 1957. At that time, he took care of mostly pigs and cows. That changed over the years to his taking care of horses primarily and now has ended up being an all small animal practice treating just dogs and cats.
TSD: What are the most common ailments you tend to treat with household pets?
Gray: We treat all varieties of surgical, medical and dental cases but aside from routine preventative care we see a vast number of pets with dermatological and orthopedic (arthritis) problems.
TSD: What are the most significant changes you’ve seen in the practice of veterinary medicine during your career?
Gray: The interest in a high level of care for pets has greatly increased over the years. Pets are considered family members and the demand for advanced treatment modalities for pain management (arthritis), dentistry, corrective orthopedic surgeries and more intricate testing procedures has grown. The technologies for arthritis management have really improved with therapeutic Laser treatments, joint supplements, physical therapy and even Stem Cell Therapy.
TSD: What kind of advice to you give a new pet owner about the health of their animal?
Gray: Most pets live a long happy life with proper preventative care and a good diet. It is important to be aware of breed specific health issues that should be looked for and attended to as their pets age. Pet insurance is something that the owners should also consider early on in their pet’s lives.
TSD: There are so many abandoned cats and dogs in shelters – do you provide care for these animals awaiting adoption?
Gray: We have quite a few clients who adopt and/or foster rescued pets. We have worked with many rescues over the years for all treatments but predominantly for orthopedic surgical procedures. We currently have a contract with 14 townships in Southeastern Pa. to house found pets until their owners can be located or until they can be rehomed.
TSD: You are a local guy who has spent his life here in Delaware – what might most people not know about Brad Gray?
Gray: I am a fan of all music, and I have over a 3500-album vinyl collection including all genres. I generally prefer classic rock, but I have really enjoyed the new music at Firefly. I have attended this concert for the last three years and stayed all of the available days.
My family is all local. My wife Chris graduated from AI Dupont in 1984, and I graduated from Tower Hill in 1980. Our children Austin (’13) and Brian (’17) also graduated from Tower Hill. Austin plans to attend Veterinary School after he graduates from Colorado State University next year. I have lived in Hockessin since graduating from The University of Delaware in 1986. We all enjoy the Great Outdoors and spend quite a bit of time in the Pocono mountains.