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LOCAL Achievements Business of the Year D DYKES VETERINARY CLINIC is the recipient of the 2013 Business of the Year Award. Small businesses are the heart of the South Baldwin business community and it's clear this small business touches the heart of many of its citizens and even its visitors. Caring for small animals is the focus of Dr. David Dykes' practice – his "day job." In that job he and his staff clients, each week. In addition he has long been the on-call vet for the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo in Gulf Shores. In this role, he keeps large and small animals healthy and thousands of zoo visitors happy to see them each year. In business in Foley for 30 years, Dykes moved here from Birmingham after working with a local clinic here his senior year of school. "I did a local clinic, he started his own practice. The bustling practice now has four full-time and one part-time veterinarians. The success of the business has actually caused Dykes to cut back on other activities and focus his efforts. "We started out doing large and small animal work. As the business grew, we couldn't devote enough time to the large animals." Similarly, he has cut back on community activities, like giving up his spot on the Volunteer Fire leave our clients and go to a call." Dykes' wife Joan is part of the staff at the clinic and many days the couple's four-legged family joins of the business' success. "We've got a really good group," he said, "a great staff. We love it here." L Dr. David Dykes stops for a picture with Jeannie Petrick and Red before going over his chart. w w w. s o u t h b a l d w i n c h a m b e r. c o m 13

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