Dr. Hermann originally founded the practice as Berea Pet Hospital in 1948, making it one of the oldest veterinary clinics in Cleveland. In approximately 1954 the veterinary hospital moved to Pearl and Bagley in Middleburg Heights. Dr. Cameron owned and operated Berea Pet Hospital from the early 1960’s until January 1992 when Dr. Fegan purchased the practice.
In 1999, the building and land was purchased by a developer with the intent of knocking down our building and the adjoining Long John Silvers. Even though we had a lease through January 31, 2002, we were asked to move out. A protracted legal battle ensued.
In 2000, Dr. Fegan and her husband, Ed, purchased an abandoned gas station where we are located now. Disaster struck our nation on September 11, 2001. As the whole world watched the planes crash into the Twin Towers, Berea Pet Hospital had lost its lawsuit with our landlord and was evicted. Everything was moved to the Fegan’s residents and we began our house call practice. We practiced out of Dr. Fegan and Ed’s kitchen and living room for 5 months while our current building was being built.
In December, 2001, we announced our new name, BIG CREEK PET HOSPITAL. We wanted a name that would be more identifiable with the entire area.
On February 11, 2002, exactly 5 months after being evicted, we were able to get partial occupancy for approximately 1/4th of the new hospital. In the middle of April 2002, we received occupancy approval for the balance of the building – It was great!
2012 was a special year for Big Creek Pet Hospital. This year marked the 20th anniversary of Dr. Fegan owning the practice, the 10th anniversary of Middleburg Heights location and the first anniversary of the Olmsted Township location.
In 2020, Dr. Fegan decided it was time to retire and passed the reigns to Dr. Souders as our new Medical Director and Chief of Staff. Dr. Souders with continue the focus of outstanding patient care, and providing our community with the most current medications and treatments. Dr. Souders and his team’s focus will always be on your pet and how we can assist them in having a long, healthy life with you and your family.
Big Creek Pet Hospital is so proud of the care we have given to our patients throughout the past 30+ years. We can’t wait to see what the next 30+ years will bring to this clinic and we hope you come along for that ride.