Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Patterson Dog & Cat Hospital was founded in 1844, Patterson Dog & Cat Hospital is the oldest, privately operated veterinary hospital in Michigan.
Dr. James W. Patterson, was the only practicing veterinarian in Detroit at that time. In 1901, his son, Elijah E. Patterson, graduated from the Grand Rapids Veterinary Medical College and moved the practice to 591 Grand River Avenue. He purchased property in 1909 at our current location, and built a house and a two-story brick hospital. The downstairs had room for 25 horses; the upstairs could house 50 dogs. Dr. Elijah’s son, James E. Patterson, joined the practice in 1926, and remodeled the building – the basic layout of the hospital remains unchanged. In 1966 the hospital was purchased by Dr. Eugene G. Miller, who practiced there until retiring in 1985. Continuing its history, Dr. Glynes Graham has nurtured the practice ever since.