'I have always loved animals and enjoyed medicine. Helping animals live longer and healthier lives is very rewarding. I have been blessed, honored, and humbled to have been trusted to help so many furry four-legged friends and family.'
Dr. Ford was born and raised in Doddridge County. The old homestead is where the practice now resides adjacent to Old Route 50. Some of her most treasured memories are of helping her mother with the animals on the farm. Baby chicks, ducks, calves, puppies and kittens were often housed and nursed in the back room of the home. After attending Potomac State College and WVU, she graduated from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in June, 1989. She married her husband Jeff in 1990, and together, they raised their daughter and son in Doddridge. She opened the current practice on September 10, 1991 and expanded it to double it's size in 2001. Although she misses the large animal aspect of her career, she found it necessary to limit her practice to small animals. An occasional goat or exotic may come to the clinic for a check up. Dr. Ford's most cherished time is that spent with her grandchildren.
Ashley is a 2009 graduate of Pierpont Community and Technical College, receiving an Associate's Degree in Applied Sciences of Veterinary Technology. While in school, she especially enjoyed large animal research and became certified in artificial insemination. She continued her education at Potomac State College and West Virginia University studying Animal and Nutritional Science. After working at the North Central WV Emergency Clinic, Ashley joined our team in June 2011. She has a special interest in Emergency Medicine and Surgery. She lives in Buckhannon with her husband, Jamie, and her very spoiled Boston Terriers (Jasper and Jaxson) and Labrador Retriever (Elly). In her spare time she enjoys horseback riding, hunting, and fishing.
Katelyn is a Registered Veterinary Technician. Katelyn graduated from Robert C Byrd High School in 2011. She attended West Virginia University majoring in Animal and Nutritional Sciences before transferring to Fairmont State University. Katelyn graduated with an Associates Degree in Applied Sciences in Veterinary Technology in May 2014 from Pierpont Community & Technical College. While in the Veterinary Technician program, she received an award for 'Outstanding First Year Vet Tech Student'. Katelyn started working at Buckeye Run Veterinary Clinic part-time in June 2013; after college graduation, she became a full-time staff member. She completed her national board exam in November 2014 and the state board exam in June 2015. Katelyn and her husband, Mike, have 1 son named Wesley, and they have a cat named Toby. They enjoy camping, hunting, fishing, and spending time with family.
Camryn graduated from Liberty High School in 2017. She went to Pierpont Community & Technical College where she graduated with an Associates Degree in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology in 2020. While in the Veterinary Technician program, she received an award for 'Outstanding First Year Vet Tech Student'. Camryn did her first preceptorship for college with us here at Buckeye Run Veterinary Clinic in June 2019. After that, she started working part-time; after college graduation, she became a full-time staff member. Camryn has 4 cats (Katie, Daisy, Tigger, and Phoebe) and 1 Dog (Lacey). She enjoys spending time going camping with her family.
Joy was born and raised outside of Clarksburg. In 1996 Joy graduated from Garrett Community College in McHenry, MD as well as College Park MD, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Management and a Degree in Animal Science. She also became licensed in pesticide application, soil and water conservation, and artificial insemination. She had worked as a Veterinary Assistant for several years and joined our practice in 2014. She has 1 dog (Roxford). In her spare time Joy enjoys camping and outdoor activities with her husband and children.
Kim joined the team in 2008 as a veterinary assistant. She is kind, compassionate, caring and dependable. She currently is working part time and enjoying being a full time grandma. Her husband Chet and her reside in Salem and have 3 beautiful grandchildren.
Paula Young is a relief veterinarian working for Dr Ford. For as long as she can remember, she always wanted to be a veterinarian. That dream came true in June of 1987 when she graduated with her DVM from the University of Georgia (go Bulldogs!). Her first job was in Asheboro, NC at a 6-man mixed animal practice. After a year, she moved back to Morgantown, WV to work in a small animal practice. In October of 1989, she started her own practice, Brookvalley Veterinary Clinic. She did a small animal / horse practice doing both house calls and office calls. She owner and operated Brookvalley until November of 2019 at which time she sold the practice and semi-retired. She now works 2 nights a week at the NCWV ER Clinic in Fairmont and 2 days a month at Buckeye Run Vet in Salem. She appreciates the opportunity Dr Ford has provided her here at Buckeye Run. When not working as a veterinarian, she raises Belted Galloway cattle, pigs, and both egg and meat chickens. 'Life is full, and I am blessed beyond measure.'
Dr. Lindsay Alvarez-Jones is a relief veterinarian working with Dr. Ford here at Buckeye Run. She goes by Dr. Alvarez. She was born and raised in Morgantown, WV. She graduated with her BS in Animal and Nutritional Sciences and then her DVM from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine. She has been a small animal general practitioner for over 8 years now, and she currently lives in Arthurdale with her wonderful husband and their 5 cats and 3 dogs.
Dr. Diane Fridley is a relief veterinarian working with Dr. Ford. She was born and raised near Clarksburg, and had wanted to be a veterinarian ever since she was young. She spent her undergraduate years in Philadelphia and earned her DVM from the University of Georgia, and decided to return to the mountains of West Virginia upon graduation in 2008. She currently resides just outside of Salem with her husband and 3 sons, as well as two dogs, two cats, and several chickens. She loves spending time with her family, running, traveling, and hiking.
Andrea is a 27-year-old mother of two boys, ages 4 and 2, and she has 4 dogs and 2 cats. Andrea has lived in West Union since 2017. She is originally from North Canton, Ohio. She graduated from Kent State University in Tuscarawas in 2017 with an Associates in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. Andrea has worked in emergency and small animal practices. She has loved animals ever since she can remember and had always dreamed of being a veterinarian when she grew up! After her first son was born in March of 2018, she decided to be a stay at home mom. After a few years of not working in clinic, she is so proud to be part of an amazing team who has helped her get back into the field she loves. She is very excited for her future of working here at Buckeye Run Veterinary Clinic.
Catniss was rescued, but we're sure that she is convinced that she was in complete control of her situation. She performs her office duties of reminding the staff to feed her, pet her and clean her bathroom. Catniss used to tend to stay in the back, but recently, she began acting as our personal client greeter. Her nightlife consists of eating in excess and dancing on the table. She must do all her office work at night since the staff often finds pens strewn about the floor in the morning. Her favorite 'down time' activity is occupying Olivia's chair or her lap. She has volunteered to write the Blog, however she's having difficulty using the keyboard with her paws.
Effie came to us in the early Summer of 2017. She was hanging out on the sidewalk in front of the clinic, trying to get in the dryer vent! Effie has always been a bit of a 'scaredy cat', but she's very mischievous! She likes to find new hiding spots and scare the staff when she jumps out. She also likes to pester Catniss - she will try to jump and play with Catniss, but Catniss isn't a fan. The staff is always finding paper clips, screws, and pens hidden in Effie's bed. Although she is timid, you might see her running past exam room doors when you visit the clinic.