Retirement can be done in many different ways - some choose to quit working entirely, some decide to go into another field and work part time while others have to wean off their current profession gradually.

Thus is the case with Dr. Everett Colburn who has sold his business to Dr. Leah Baksh but will help out one day a week on Wednesdays, at least for now.

Dr. Colburn has taken care of large and small animals in this area for 40 years and began in the former office of Dr. Garigliano on Bonnell Avenue before building his current office on East Gridley Road in 1982.

He will enjoy farming walnuts, traveling with wife Mary and taking his grandsons on packing trips with his burros with less time in the office.

Dr. Baksh is from Yuba City and worked with Paws on the Run before purchasing her first practice. She graduated from Western University of Horse Sciences in Southern California which is not only just the second veterinarian school in California but the newest in the state.

Dr. Baksh graduated from Yuba City High School and lived in Los Angeles for five years before returning back home to Yuba City and her family.

She went to Sac State for undergrad studies in small animals with a rotating internship in  emergency medicine in Ventura.

Always into animals, Dr. Baksh was in 4-H in school and won in dog obedience and showmanship. She was a 4-H winner in Arts and Crafts in Franklin 4-H.

Dr. Baksh specializes in medicine and surgery along with dentistry and has experience in orthopedic work.

Currently continuing her education in ultrasound, Dr. Baksh will offer ultrasounds in the future and now offers digital radiology and works with specialists with a good referral base to Valley Oak Veterinary Clinics among others.

Practicing in Grass Valley the past seven years, Dr. Baksh is happy to be closer to home and is looking forward to getting to know the community.

Gridley Veterinary Hospital is open Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed 12-1 for lunch.