To our valued clients and friends of Forsyth Veterinary Hospital:

It is with great sadness that we announce that Forsyth Veterinary Hospital (at 2556 South Stratford Road in Winston Salem) is closing its operations at 5:00pm on Tuesday, January 17, 2023. Dr. Scott and Dr. Dawkins will continue seeing patients through that time.

We apologize for this very short notice you are receiving, but we have been trying until today to find a way to keep the practice open. The Covid-19 pandemic and especially the past year have been filled with challenges for us, and incredibly difficult. As many of you know, Dr. Gillis has been dealing with ongoing, serious health issues, worsened by long Covid, and which are forcing her into an early retirement from practice. Among many other challenges, it has been increasingly difficult, and has now become practically impossible, to find other veterinarians to consistently provide services during her absences, in this time of unprecedented staff shortages in the field of veterinary medicine.

We have tried to find a buyer for the practice, to no avail. We have tried the best that we could to prevent the practice from closing, as it is the last thing that any of us wanted. We send you our sincere gratitude for trusting us with the care of your furry loved ones over the past 18 years. Thank you for the immeasurable number of treasured memories. We are blessed to have had you as a part of our lives, and WE WILL MISS YOU.

Medical Records

Your pet’s veterinary medical records will be kept for at least three years from the date of last service. If you need a copy of your pet’s records, you may email your request to

We wish you and your pets the best going forward.

Dr. Ruth Gillis
Office Manager, Jill Shirley, and
Everyone at Forsyth Veterinary Hospital