Mike Stevens, left, representing the Twin County Chamber of Commerce, and Delegate Israel O’Quinn, right, present Dr. Clark Fincher with a Commendation from the Virginia House of Delegates to Galax Veterinary Clinic for “50 Years of Service to the Galax Community. In 1966 Dr. Donald “Doc” Fincher founded Galax Veterinary Clinic (GVC) on its present site. Prior to opening the clinic Dr. Fincher began practicing veterinary medicine in 1960 out of his garage in Sparta, NC. GVC was unique in the fact it was one of the first veterinary clinics in the area to have its own office, as opposed to a doctor operating out of their home. The clinic has grown over the past fifty years from one veterinarian to its present level of 6 full-time veterinarians and one part time veterinarian. In 1994 Dr. Clark Fincher, Donald’s son, and Dr. Renee Sykes opened Animal Medical Services in Mt. Airy, NC and formed Blue Ridge Veterinary Services that encompasses both clinics.