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Columbus veterinary shutting down because of state construction projects

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Dr. Jim Thorsen owns the Animal Health Center on Veterans Parkway. He opened the clinic in North Columbus in 1988.

"I bought this place 25 years ago with an eye of where it would be 40 years from then, so I was looking another 10-15 years down the line," says Thorsen.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is building a retention wall to contain water runoff. They came to Thorsen earlier this year and told him he had to relocate, which is something he may not be able to do. Thorsen was planning to move the clinic across the street, but when the Department of Transportation appraised the property, it was less than what he thought was fair market value and wouldn't be enough to cover relocation costs.

"The amount of time they allowed for me to try to make any plans was just not adequate to relocate a business, especially one of this size," says Thorsen.

He says he'll move out at the end of November and with a few weeks left, he's uncertain about the future.

"At this point, I don't know what I'm going to do," says Thorsen. "I hope at some point I'll find a position with another veterinary clinic, but I don't know if that's going to happen at this point," says Thorsen.

After 25 years at one practice, it's the relationships he'll miss the most.

"If I miss anything, it will be the trust and the friendship that my clients have showed me over the years," says Thorsen.

We reached out to the regional representative for the Georgia Department of Transportation for a comment, but so far our call has not been returned.

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