Hawthorne Animal Hospital turns 65

GLEN CARBON – Hawthorne Animal Hospital on Sunday, September 26 will celebrate its 65th year.

An open house is scheduled from 1-4 p.m. at The Doghouse, 24 Kettle Drive in Glen Carbon.

Dr. Merrill Ottwein opened Hawthorne in 1956, treating both companion animals at his Edwardsville veterinary clinic and large animals on farm calls throughout the county. Over the next 65 years, Hawthorne grew to become the largest 24-hour regional veterinary hospital in the Eastern Metropolitan area.

Today, Hawthorne provides state-of-the-art care, including advanced surgeries, chemotherapy, and rehabilitation.

The hospital expanded its range of services in 2016 by opening The Dog House grooming and training center. Additionally, through its Angel Fund, Hawthorne is committed to improving the quality of life for animals throughout the region by providing free cradle-to-grave care to K9 officers at eight law enforcement agencies. and treating injured wild animals brought to the hospital by Treehouse. Wildlife Center at Dow.

“Over the past 65 years, our patients have become like family to everyone at Hawthorne,” said current owner Dr. Paul Myer. “Being by their side at every stage of their animal’s life is an honor that each of our veterinarians, veterinary technicians and nurses takes to heart. Our open house gives us the opportunity to thank those who continue to give us the privilege of caring for their beloved pets.

During the Hawthorne 65th Anniversary Open House, guests can enjoy refreshments, view an exhibit of favorite Hawthorne customer stories and photos, and reminisce about past and current owners including Ottwein, Myer, Dr. Joe Helms, Dr. Art Lippoldt and Jane McKinney, wife of Dr. Phil McKinney who died in 2017. The open house will be held outdoors to maximize social distancing; customers are asked to wear masks.

Hawthorne is staffed by a team of renowned veterinarians with 124 years of combined experience in all areas of medical care and is equipped with cutting-edge technology to improve the health outcomes of the animals it treats. Hawthorne is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAAH), a designation that only 12-17% of veterinary clinics in the United States currently hold. For more information, visit www.hawthorneanimals.com.


For more information, contact Hawthorne at 618-288-3971.

Benjamin M. Yerger