To My Staff, Clients, and Friends,
It is with mixed emotions that after practicing small animal veterinary medicine and surgery for 45 years I have chosen to retire and spend time doing those things that God has put on hold in my life while working. There are no words to express the gratitude I have for all of you, and the love and joy we have experienced together my past 43 years at Lange Animal Hospital.
Rick and I had this dream in 1977 of coming to east Tennessee and building a practice that would make us proud and that the community would embrace and support, and I look back and feel in my heart that through the grace of God, we were able to accomplish that dream. Only through the efforts of my amazing staff and the loyalty of the thousands of clients who have shared their pets with us have we been able to make such a positive impact. I take no credit but give all glory and honor for anything we have been able to accomplish to my glorious God, who took two long-haired brother veterinarians from Iowa and challenged them to think big and go for it. In God’s eyes, nothing is too great to accomplish for those who believe and are obedient, and Rick and I were both recipients of his grace and blessing. Losing Rick in 1999 was very difficult but as I have told many people, when I lost Rick he took part of me with him; but the real blessing is that part of him remained in me, and I have tried to honor him and his memory in the subsequent years.
I have many wonderful memories of amazing animals and pet owners that few people are blessed to experience, and these memories will carry me forward as I pursue the next chapter in God’s plan for my life.
Thank you so much, Christy and Jessica, for putting up with my crazy schedule when I would be called away to care for an emergency and miss some important events in your and our lives.
Thank you current and past staff members for being the best partners in practice and for helping make our journey together rewarding as well as lots of fun! You are the best and I love all of you.
And, finally, thank you to the best clients (now friends) who have remained loyal and supportive during these many years. In retirement the biggest loss for me personally will be missing the daily interaction with you and your pets. I will miss all of you very much.
In closing I want to assure you that Lange Animal Hospital is now in the hands of a wonderful group who will continue to offer the high level of care you have come to know and expect. Our DVM’s and support staff are for the most part unchanged, and our goal will be to continue to provide the highest level of medical care with our unique and special personal touch, assuring you that you and your pet are very special and important to all of us.
I have been truly blessed and thank all of you for being part of my amazing life.
Dr. Randy Lange