The Healthier Pet Clinic is now operational in its new location at 2996 W. Park Drive.
Previously known as the Village Animal Hospital, Dr. Jennifer Haney’s practice is working towards the completion of building renovations and possible business expansions.
“It was the Village Animal Hospital up there because we were in Village Park Shops,” said Haney. “It just seemed appropriate to change the name when we moved.”
The name isn’t the only thing that changed in the move. Haney, her staff and clients now have much more space.
“This building is a lot bigger, and it has a bigger parking lot and yard,” says Haney. “We have one more exam room and a better reception area for our clients. We also have better office space and a kitchenette for the staff.”
According to Haney, the move has been a long time coming. Ownership of the property was established in October of 2013 and renovations have been in progress since February of 2014.
“This building had been sitting empty for years, the roof was leaking, it was wet and in bad shape inside. It would have had to have been condemned eventually,” Haney said.
“The only parts left of the old building are the outside walls,” she says. “Everything inside was gutted and redone. It has always been restaurants, so there needed to be some reconfigurations of space and plumbing.”
The clinic officially opened in the new location on March 2, and renovations are expected to be close to complete in the coming months.
“Currently, we are a non-emergency veterinary clinic for household pets and exotics, and we are going to be adding boarding sometime around May when all of the floors are finished,” says Haney. “Then, at some point in the future, we are planning to add grooming and other services.”
The new building is equipped with a separate entrance and reception area that would allow for future boarding and grooming clients to enter the facility without the need to go through the medical reception and intake area.
After the boarding and grooming aspects of the practice are established, Haney hopes to expand and add other at-home services for her clients as well.
“We hope to be adding some services such as at home boarding care for people who would want us to take care of their pet in their home,” Haney said. “I would like to add at home exams for people and animals who can’t, or struggle, to get here.”
Other than her regular clients, Haney works with local rescues and non-profit organizations to provide the appropriate care for needy animals. She has already hosted many needy animals in her new facilities.
“I work with both of the cat rescues: Helping Paws Pet Haven and Jamie’s Legacy,” Haney says. “I take care of all of their sick kitties, and I spay and neuter all of their kitties and vaccinate them for rabies and all of those things. I’ve been doing it for many years.”
She said that she also works with the local humane society from time to time when they request her help too.
“I do what I do because I enjoy animals, but every veterinarian will tell you that you have to enjoy people too,” said Haney. “I think that the most important thing for me is that animals get taken care of properly. I practice good medicine and I try to do the best I can for every animal that walks in.”
The larger space that the new environment grants works to provide her visiting animals with comfortable quarters whilst she works with the owners and rescuers to provide the best care.
“I try to make sure that the owners and rescuers know all of the treatment options and then we sort through how to make the best decision for them and their animal,” Haney said. “My goal is just to practice the best quality medicine I can. I think that everyone and their pets deserve that.”
For more information, visit Healthier Pet Clinic on Facebook or contact the office at 356-6308.