Denney retires; Burr purchases vet practice

Dr. Matt Burr at left and Dr. Stacy Denney at right.

By Kathy Oswalt-Forsythe

After over 37 years in veterinary practice, Dr. Stacy Denney is retiring effective October 30. Dr. Denney grew up in Athens and attended Michigan State University, graduating in 1984. She worked as an associate veterinarian until 1988 when she opened her own veterinary practice, working out of her home and traveling to farms.

In 1994, she built the current home of Denney Veterinary Service in Vicksburg, saying she chose a small town because she could get to know her clients better.

Wendy Burr, current practice manager who has worked with Denney for 24 years, describes the retiring veterinarian as “the strongest, most determined person she has ever met.” This drive is clear in Denney’s desire to acquire further training and certification. She obtained a master’s degree from MSU in small business administration, became certified in equine breeding in 2004, and most recently became certified in animal acupuncture, massage, and herbal medicine. She currently lives in Fulton but is relocating to Arizona.

Dr. Denney sold Denney Veterinary Service on November 2, 2020 to a familiar face: Dr. Matt Burr. A life-long area resident, Burr worked as a veterinary technician for 11 years before graduating from Michigan State University in 2010. Burr choose veterinary medicine because he loves animals, but he also enjoys the variety and diversity of the job: “It’s never the same thing two days in a row.” He resides in Schoolcraft and is excited about becoming a practice owner. 

Dr. Burr said the community can expect the same level of care, similar hours, and an additional associate veterinarian in the future.

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