An animal hospital will open at the top, started by a Union County couple

SUMMIT, NJ — Evin and Rick Lyons first met while interning at the Veterinary Emergency and Referral Group in Brooklyn a year after graduating from college. Now, seven years later, the couple are launching their own animal hospital in Summit.

Lyons Veterinary Hospital is set to open across from Huntley Taverne on Morris Ave., where Joe’s Pizza once stood, according to owner Evin Lyons.

Evin said the hospital, which will see dogs and cats exclusively, will likely open between late November and early December this year.

Evin and Rick moved to Springfield in 2018 just before getting married, and Evin said they fell in love with the surrounding area.

“We both worked as emergency vets all over New Jersey, including locally, and felt there was a need for additional veterinary care,” Evin told Patch. “We are delighted to be so close to home!”

Evin and Rick both graduated from veterinary school in 2014 – Evin from Cornell University and Rick from the University of Pennsylvania.

After dating for a few years, the duo moved to New Jersey in 2017. Since then, they have both worked at firms in New York and New Jersey.

They also have two furry friends: a 13-year-old dachshund named Pringles and a 12-year-old one-eyed, toothless cat named Lira.

Evin said Lyon Veterinary Hospital will offer healthy and sick visits for dogs and cats, as well as lab work and X-rays with “state-of-the-art technology”.

Surgical services such as sterilizations, sterilizations and mass removals will also be offered. Additionally, Evin said she and her husband have a lot of experience in dentistry and will offer dental cleanings with full dental X-rays, as well as oral surgery for cats and dogs.

A veterinary behaviorist will also be available to see animals with behavioral issues.

“We seek to create a one-of-a-kind veterinary hospital where our customers and patients always feel welcome,” Evin said. “We plan to have an aesthetically beautiful and comfortable space.”

She said Lyons will also offer an app that will allow customers to access their pet’s records, request medication refills and contact the medical team.

The hospital will practice “fearless medicine” – low-stress manipulation, ensuring all patients are as relaxed as possible when they come to the hospital, Evin said.

Fun community events like Kitten Yoga and “Yappy Hours” will also take place monthly at the hospital. Evin said she hopes to partner with local businesses in the venture.

Finally, Evin said the hospital will work with local relief to organize adoption events.

You can find out more about the company on their websiteas well as follow them on Instagram @thelyonsvet and Facebook.

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Benjamin M. Yerger