Vet clinic plans move to business park


The Ohio County Economic Development Corporation (OCEDC) held a ground breaking ceremony for a new Veterinary Clinic at the Ohio County Business Park on Friday, Aug. 19th. The Corporation has been working with local Rising Sun Veterinarian Dr. David Walton, Jr. DVM and his staff to allow the expansion of his practice to all new facility in the community.

Dr. Walton turned the first shovel of dirt for the 3000 square foot building.

Work began Monday on Barbour Road, behind the Ohio County Recycling Center.

The new clinic will provide space for large animal care which is not available at the current location at the corner of Fifth and High Streets. A formal ribbon cutting and grand opening will be scheduled upon completion.

Walton is a lifelong resident of Rising Sun and Ohio County. He is joined in the practice by Dr. Angela (Thieman) Hartwell DVM who is a lifelong resident of Pleasant and Switzerland County.

The Rising Sun Veterinary Clinic’s goal is to help pet owners as well as farm livestock owners to have healthy animals that live long lives. They pride themselves on educating their clients on good preventative medicine so that their patients can thrive throughout their lives.

“I am very happy about this new opportunity,” said clinic owner Dr. David Walton Jr. DVM, “I enjoy being a part of the Rising Sun community and I hope that this new facility will help a lot of local animal owners.”

For nearly 60 years Rising Sun Veterinary Clinic has been dedicated to its patients and clients with a constantly changing veterinary field and now we will continue to provide these services in a new facility that is ready to grow and provide current medical techniques with a small hometown practice etiquette for our clients.

Walton plans to have eight full and part time employees.

To find out more about the clinic visit its website at

“This is a great opportunity for Rising Sun and Ohio County. Our mission is to create jobs in the community and an important part of that is the expansion of local businesses,” said OCEDC President Deedee Brown. “The great majority of new jobs comes through the expansion and retention of our current employers.”

Lane Siekman, OCEDC executive director, hopes the new construction will cause a ripple effect. They look forward to making plans for current building.

Staab Construction of Lawrenceburg will be the primary contractor and financing was provided by MainSource Bank, N.A.

David Staab is a 1998 graduate of Rising Sun High School and has operated his own business since 2002. He has four employees and recently completed the new Hummel Insurance building on S.R. 56 just north of the business park.

Staab said things should go pretty fast “as long as we don’t have anymore weeks like the past two (of rain).”

Plans for the project have been in the making for eight to nine months, according to Staab, as they waited for proper permits.

With the weather’s cooperation, he hopes to get the asphalt lot done by the end of the year. The main building will have concrete floor, stick frame, vinyl siding and asphalt shingled roof.

The OCEDC was created by Ohio County and the City of Rising Sun in 2007 to combine the former City and County Economic Development Commissions, the Ohio County Economic Development Corporation is governed by a 7-member board chaired by Deedee Brown Lane Siekman serves as executive director of the OCEDC. For more information about OCEDC, visit