With new procedures and care techniques being developed all the time, and a greater understanding of the science of veterinary medicine increasing, the world of animal medicine is constantly evolving. That evolution means graduates of veterinary technician programs will likely have more opportunity to find employment and practice new and exciting brands of medicine.
Anti-Cruelty Society expands its Chicago clinic
As reported by The Chicago Tribune, in early September, the Anti-Cruelty Society, based in the city, announced it had finished a seven-month expansion that cost roughly $3.5 million.1 Now considered state-of-the-art, the new facility is the first phase in a planned $8 million project.
The renovations were made to what was formerly an empty concrete basement, and they include a larger surgical suite, larger recovery rooms with improved equipment and more office space for in-house veterinarians. Ultimately, the finished project will allow the group to provide care to twice the number of animals it had before the project, and offer expanded low-cost services to low-income pet owners.
Horse racing capital to get new veterinary clinic
Saratoga, N.Y., long considered the East Coast capital of horse racing, is getting a new hospital to service its famous hooved denizens, according to Thehorse.com.2 Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, a Kentucky-based veterinary company known for working with that state’s famous racehorse population, recently announced it had closed on a deal to expand its operations to the Empire State. The new hospital will be known as Saratoga Equine.
“With the number of farms opening operations in New York, the strong numbers at the Saratoga sales and the number of our clients training in Saratoga, the shareholders of Rood & Riddle feel that this is the time and the location to expand the veterinary services for which we are proud to be known in Kentucky,” Bill Rood, DVM, and CEO of Rood & Riddle, said in a release.
Texas clinic grows to meet patient needs
After moving into a new space that is twice the size of its previous accommodations, the White Rock Veterinary Hospital in Pflugerville, Texas, has become one of the more notable buildings in this small, southeast Texas town.3
In an interview with The Austin-American Statesman, Dr. Todd Riggan, who co-owns the clinic with his wife, Tammy, the new facility was designed to be big enough to handle the increased demand for veterinary care in the area without losing the personal touch that has become a hallmark of their business.
1 Geiger, Kim, “Anti-Cruelty Society Unveils New Veterinary Clinic,” Chicago Tribune, Sept. 15, 2013. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-anti-cruelty-clinic-20130915,0,3321765.story
2 The Horse Staff, “Rood & Riddle Expanding Veterinary Services in New York,” Thehorse.com, Sept. 17, 2013. http://www.thehorse.com/articles/32561/rood-riddle-expanding-veterinary-services-in-new-york
3 Cantu, Tony, “Coouple Expands Veterinary Hospital into Pflugerville,” Austin-American Statesman, Sept. 4, 2013. http://www.statesman.com/news/news/local/couple-expands-veterinary-hospital-into-pflugervil/nZmtD/