Padma Yadlapalli, D.V.M., recently opened her veterinary practice in the Hickory Ridge Village Center in Columbia. The Freetown Animal Hospital, housed in the vacated Rave Reviews consignment shop, offers care for companion animals — dogs and cats — but Yadlapalli says, “On occasion I see rabbits and ferrets and mice, too — but not too many of those (mice).”
Yadlapalli received her veterinary degree in India in 1999, moved to the United States the following year, completing her board certification and required clinical year at Purdue University in Indiana.
“It’s such a pleasure just to be able to do what I love to do. Every time I see a puppy, it brings me joy ... just to get and give that little cuddle and to help with their suffering and pain,” she says.
Yadlapalli and her husband, Surya Yadlapalli, live in Savage with their two daughters, ages 5 and 2.
Having two young children and a veterinary practice, Yadlapalli doesn’t have a household pet, but she does foster pets in her home.
“I rescue pets from the hospital when owners cannot afford care [to keep the pet on a recovery schedule] ... and then find them a good home.”
The hospital has office hours on weekends.
“There are so many working people in this area ... it’s hard for them to schedule a pet visit (during the work week) ... so we are available Saturdays and Sundays.”
Freetown Animal Hospital, 6470 Freetown Road, Suite 240, Columbia. 410-531-8070 or www.freetownanimalhospital.com