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Hopedale welcomes new veterinary care center

T-L Photo/CARRI GRAHAM Dr. Aimee Clay, right, and veterinary technician Rachel Kirkpatrick work on patient Baxter on Thursday at the newly opened Heritage Veterinary Care facility in Hopedale.

HOPEDALE — A new veterinary care center is ready to serve the furry friends of Hopedale and surrounding areas — Heritage Veterinary Care, formerly Cadiz Animal Clinic, opened its doors Monday.

The care center promises to provide the highest level of veterinary medicine and currently serves thousands of the area’s critters including cats, dogs, rabbits, pigs and birds. Dr. Scott Pendleton, owner and operator of HVC, graduated form Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989 and purchased the Cadiz clinic in 1993. Since then, the has dedicated his life to aiding the community in saving the lives of animals.

Earlier this year, Pendleton began to build a larger state-of-the-art facility for his patients. The newly constructed facility is nearly three times the size of the former Cadiz location. Although the name and location has changed, Pendleton promises the same caring staff and services. The new center’s slogan is “Honoring the past, embracing the future.”

“What makes us stand out is that we can do a lot, we offer a lot that other area vets do not,” practice Manager Kara Cavanaugh said.

The 6,495-square-foot-facility offers two entrances to the center, one for dog patients and the other for cat patients. Cavanaugh said the double entrance and separate waiting rooms are meant to create a stress-free visit for the animals and their owners.

“Our goal is to have a cat and dog entrance to promote a fear-free environment. So cats have their own waiting area and dogs have their own waiting area, that way if the cats are stressed out. That’s one of our favorite things,” Ginger Held, hospital administrator for HVC, added.

The center offers emergency services, acupuncture, stem cell therapy, full-service laser surgery, laser therapy, rehabilitation, ultrasonic dental, weight management programs and wellness exams. The new facility has three cat examination rooms and four dog examination rooms, a grief room, in-house lab, isolation room, dental and surgical rooms. There are four doctors, including Pendleton, Dr. Aimee Clay, Dr. Lydia Friend and Dr. Samantha Borsos, and 13 support staff members.

Friend is the center’s acupuncture doctor. HVC offers both holistic and traditional medicine to aid patients as they heal. According to HVC, acupuncture has been shown to aid pets with pain, osteoarthritis, vomiting, cancer pain, endocrine disorders and more.

“I feel like we’re trying to raise the standard of care for animals with the fear-free (separate rooms) and giving animal owners options — if they want to treat medically versus holistic options,” Friend said.

Held said that the center sees around 30 patients and performs roughly six surgeries per day. Most of the clients from the former clinic have relocated with the new center, Held said.

Kayla Gibson and her dog Hodor are clients. Gibson said she has been a client for more than a year now and plans to stay one, following the center’s move. Hodor had his first appointment at the new facility on Thursday.

The new veterinary facility is now open and accepting patients. The only unfinished work remaining is the landscaping around the building and the parking lot. The landscaping is currently being completed along with the facility’s parking lot, which is set to be finished next weekend.

HVC will hold an open house event from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 2 at the new facility, 85491 Miller Station Road in Hopedale. Staff will provide attendees tours of the new center. There will also be demonstrations, free food, giveaways and “lots of fun.” All are invited to attend. For additional information on the new animal care center, visit www.heritageveterinarycare.com or call 740-937-2000.

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