The New Era - All about Sweet Home since 1929

By Scott Swanson
Of The New Era 

After 40 years of treating local pets, SH veterinarian is calling it quits


December 13, 2016

DR. DAVID LARSEN performs a checkup on Luna, a cat that belongs to his daughter.

When Dr. David and Sandy Larsen arrived in Sweet Home to open a veterinary practice, it was a different era.

Forty years ago, in 1976, and there were “eight or nine mills” in town. A lot of business was done with a handshake.

The Larsens, barely a year out of veterinary medicine school, were looking for a place to settle down after a year and a half in Enumclaw, Wash.

Now, after four decades, both are 71. They say it’s time to retire.

Back in those early days, they’d grown up together in Myrtle Point, graduating in the same high school class, Sandy said.

“But we didn’t dat...

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