the wait is long because Dr. Abernathy is wonderful! Staff around him is not so great but he is damn near Jesus when you have an ill pet. He has removed tumors from my ferret, helped get puppy through parvo, yes I said Parvo, removed intentional blockage from dog who loves brillo pads, and helped my ailing chicken. If anything, Dr. Abernathy should be cloned, so more people/animals can experience his competent and kind ways. If you love your pet, you need to schedule an appointment asap, before there is any trouble.