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About Us

Compassionate Care and Commitment

Our goal is to provide the highest quality veterinarian care along with compassion for the health needs of your pet. We are committed to offering the most up-to-date medicine and surgery services possible while maintaining a warm, friendly, comfortable yet professional atmosphere.  We are a small animal clinic serving Bardstown, Nelson County, and surrounding counties.

Emily Johnson, DVM

Experienced Veterinarians

Dr. Dena Fitzpatrick is an Auburn University graduate with  over 20 years experience.  She and her husband have 2 rescued  friendly felines (Fruit Loop and Donut), 3 cuddly couch potato dogs ( Happy, Huey, and Piper), and 6 happy horses. Dr. Fitzpatrick enjoys beekeeping, campfires and trailriding.

Dr. Emily Johnson is an Auburn University graduate with over 20 years experience.  She and her daughter enjoy the companionship of their crazy crew of canines: Jack, Jessie, MacKenzie, Malcolm and new addition Claire along with pasture pet horse buddies. Dr, Johnson enjoys horseback riding and bungee jumping.

Dr. Deborah Perkins is a graduate of Colorado State University with over 30 years experience. Dr. Perkins is certified in Acupuncture for companion animals. She currently lives with her companions Parker the pooch and his canine cohorts Squirt and Sweet Pea along with Monster the cat.  Dr. Perkins enjoys gardening and painting.

Dedicated to Quality Care

We have dedicated our practice to providing preventative healthcare as well as treatment of sick and injured patients. Please note that while we make every effort to see patients in order of arrival, the most critical and life threatening cases are treated and stabilized first.  We will never compromise the care of any patient simply to see patients on time or in order of arrival.  While this may result in an occasional need to wait, we take the time required to provide personalized quality care to each patient.

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For emergencies that occur outside business hours, please call (502) 348-6040.

SpecialPets HealthCare Center

971 Frost Ave, Bardstown, KY 40004, US

(502) 348-6040


Monday - Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Wednesday: 8:00am - 12:00pm

Thursday - Friday: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Saturday: 8am–noon

Sunday: Closed

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