Citrus Heights Veterinary Hospital expands doors to accommodate during pandemic

A rendering presented at a Jan. 26 Planning Commission meeting shows plans for expansion at Sunrise Boulevard Animal Hospital.

By Mike Hazlip—
The Citrus Heights Planning Commission has approved plans for Sunrise Boulevard Animal Hospital to add more than 600 square feet to its existing building to accommodate an increase in curbside and drop-off service popularized during the pandemic.

The commission voted unanimously to approve the addition of a floor to the pet hospital at 7484 Sunrise Blvd. at a January 26 meeting, Commissioner Andrew Van Duker recused himself because the hospital is a client of his employer. The animal hospital is also amending its user license as part of the expansion.

Plans show the addition will provide room for 13 more kennels and a small exercise yard. The expansion is necessary to keep up with changing client procedures following COVID-19 social distancing policies, the hospital told the city.

“What started as a way to provide safety measures and respect social distancing, has become a normal dynamic of veterinary visits and doesn’t seem to be changing any time soon,” wrote the hospital’s CEO, Dr. Bikram Basra, in a letter to the commission.

Basra said the increase in drop-off service has led to a need for more kennel space during the day, and said the extra space will not be used for overnight care.

No public objections were heard at the meeting, and city staff said no comments were submitted electronically.

Benjamin M. Yerger