CORBIN – “I hope you’re not sick of the blood,” veterinarian Dr. Travis Sulfridge said as he prepared to spay one of 12 Knox-Whitley Humane Society puppies to Corbin. He then gently laid an unconscious female puppy on the operating table to prepare her for sterilization. In total that day, he performed 22 surgeries.
Sulfridge grew up on a farm in Williamsburg.
“I always loved it when the vet came,” Sulfridge said in reference to when the vet came to treat his family’s animals. His family owned cattle and horses. He has always had a great love for the animals on the family farm.
“I always thought I would be a veterinarian,” he continued. “And then I applied to vet school and got accepted.”
Sulfridge graduated from Whitley County High School. He attended the University of the Cumberlands for his undergraduate. Then he went to Auburn University, where he finished veterinary school. In total, he attended college for eight years so he could practice as a veterinarian.
The Knox-Whitley Humane Society approached Sulfridge to treat the animals there.
“I started working a little and now we’re doing more,” he explained.
Sulfridge goes to the Knox-Whitley Humane Society two or three times a week. When he’s not caring for animals there, he works at the Williamsburg Veterinary Clinic. Although he estimates he can spay or neuter about 20 or more animals per week at the Humane Society, he is a mixed animal practitioner. Sulfridge will treat horses, cattle, dogs, cats, chickens to some extent, goats and sometimes rabbits.
“You never know what you’re going to see,” Sulfridge said of the variety in her work. “Whether it’s a horse, a dog, a cow, a cat or a chicken, I like its different aspects. As far as working here (human society) goes, I love seeing animals come from a broken home and then come away with a good story.
Besides neutering and neutering animals, Sulfridge also treats any sick animals that enter the shelter. He also administers injections and treatments for fleas and ticks.
Sulfridge also wanted to emphasize the importance of having your pets spayed or neutered. He and the humane society staff want the community to know about the low cost spay/neuter voucher program available to the community. You can make an appointment with your vet, either with Sulfridge at the Williamsburg Veterinary Clinic or elsewhere, and then come to the shelter for a coupon. They will ask you what type of animal it is and if it is a male or a female. You can even feel free to make an appointment with Sulfridge to spay or neuter your pet if you wish. Sterilization or neutering reduces the burden on human society when the owner cannot keep their pet’s offspring.
Sulfridge himself adopted most of his cats from the shelter. He now has his own farm with his wife, Ashley, and two daughters, McKinley and Kambree. In total, he has about 6 dogs and 11 or 12 cats as well as cattle on his farm. “If you can, adopt,” he added.