The Veterinary Trauma Center (VTC), located at 244 W. Orange St. (FL-50), has been providing care to the pet community of Central Florida for close to 15 years. The practice offers an extensive range of care to sick and injured pets including surgical procedures, orthopedic treatments, radiography and ultrasonography, computerized electrocardiography, echocardiography, in-house laboratory diagnostics, chemotherapy, hormonal and allergy testing, physical therapy and rehabilitation, as well as 24-hour patient monitoring if needed.
VTC is unlike most animal hospitals. It is warm and inviting with a feeling of 1950’s nostalgia. As I entered the reception area, I was welcomed by Dr. Ronald Stone and two sleepy greyhounds. Dr. Stone graciously offered a tour of the facility during which time I was introduced to two playful raccoons that the doctor described as “getting more mischievous the older they get”. He knowingly declared, “It doesn’t take long for a raccoon to figure out how to open a cage and get into everything.” They evidently had tried.
I was guided through exam rooms, an area for lab testing, a spotlessly clean surgical room, and my favorite, a charming room filled with antiques and interesting knick-knack used to confer with and comfort anxious pet owners. The area also serves as Dr. Stone’s sleeping quarters when he needs to spend the night with an ailing pet.
Dr. Stone has over thirty years of veterinary experience and has authored numerous articles and research papers; though you may recognize him as R.W. Stone, a published author of Western novels. He began writing as an adult and his first novel, Trail Hand, received critical acclaim. R.W. Stone has since written many other westerns including Ride into Trouble, Back with a Vengeance and Badman’s Pass.
Dr. Stone had many of his published books neatly arranged on a table in the reception area. Straying from his western genre is his book, A Very Shiny Nose, the story about a young, widowed veterinarian who is called to the North Pole the day before Christmas to figure out why Rudolph’s nose no longer glows red. He graciously read an excerpt from the book, which I now plan to purchase to find out the ending.
Dr. Stone is helping and healing pets; R.W. Stone is currently working on a new Western novel.