By RODNEY D. BOAM
Joanne Beckstead has been a fixture and the face of the Animal Medical Clinic at 795 W. Oneida for 25 years, until Dec. 31 when she retired. The clinic will be honoring her with a reception on Thursday, Jan. 9, from 1-4 p.m. where people can come and bid her goodbye.
On a typical day as office manager, she would help the veterinarians inoculate an animal, order supplies, hold a puppy while they dock his tail or any number of other tasks, in addition to keeping the books.
The veterinarians, Dr. Clyde Williams, Dr. Alan Atkinson and Dr. Lincoln Mumford, all said she was very accommodating and they appreciated her service over the years.
“Joanne has always been very personable to work with,” said Atkinson. “She was very customer oriented and very efficient. She was just a model receptionist.”
Beckstead said she has enjoyed her time working at the clinic.
“It was a great growing experience. I’m sad to be quitting,” she said. “They (the veterinarians) were a delight to work for and were really good to me,” she said.”
When she first started, Beckstead said she was very backward and had a hard time talking to the public. But over the years she has met so many people who have become friends.
“I didn’t know I had made that much of a difference or touched people that way,” the mother of six said. “I’ve had people come up to me and cry because I was leaving. I was dumfounded.”
This story is sponsored by Animal Medical Center.
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