The vets were on a break recently, eating bagged lunches on a picnic table behind the hospital, which they purchased four years ago from Allen Suggs
, a huge fan of the duo.
"They came from a very meager, tragic background, an alcoholic parent.
They had everything against them," said Suggs
, who has built several Jacksonville animal hospitals.
"But they are always smiling and happy … a true American success story."
, of Bayard, built Beltway in 1976 and hired June in 1994 to work there after she
graduated from veterinary school at the University of Florida
The practice grew and he
hired Jane a year later when she
graduated in 1995.
, who became like a big brother to the twins, said he
promised the hard-working women he'd sell them the place if they worked for him for a decade.
They did, and he
was an important force in our lives.
He took a chance on us, hiring us as new graduates, and we will always be grateful to him," Jane said, adding that Suggs
taught them business savvy, prepared them to take over the practice and even sent them on dream vacations to New York City, Paris and Jamaica - trips they couldn't have afforded.