Construction progresses at state-of-the-art King Animal Hospital

Owners Rob and Danielle Scheinberg stand outside the future King Animal Hospital, a state-of-the-art facility opening in King City.
  • Morgan, one of the horses from Dog Tales Rescue and Sanctuary, stands in front of the future King Animal Hospital.

A state-of-the-art facility is coming to King City.

The King Animal Hospital in King City is expected to open early next year.

King Animal Hospital owners Rob and Danielle Scheinberg also own Dog Tales Rescue and Sanctuary, a 50-acre dog and horse shelter in King City.

The Scheinberg family hired Tracy Jones as CEO of the veterinary hospital in November. Jones has experience in human healthcare working in the long term care and hospital sectors for the past 20 years.

“What they hope is that I can bring a lot of the regulatory processes and due diligence that a human would have in a human hospital to the animal hospital,” Jones said. “Not only is this hospital going to stand out from other animal hospitals because of all the services, specialists and diagnostics we are going to offer, but it is also going to have a purpose from a management perspective of how hospitals humans are exploited, and how are they measured for success.”

When completed, King Animal Hospital will be just under 60,000 square feet and four stories with an indoor arena.

“We focus on companion animals and equines. Our indoor arena will allow our equine vets to do evaluations on horses indoors in an arena,” Jones said.

The veterinary hospital will have services and equipment that are unique in Canada. One example is a standing CT machine for horses, Jones said.

“We will also have hydrotherapy for horses and dogs. We will have an MRI and an X-ray,” Jones said.

The veterinary hospital will also offer alternative therapies, such as naturopathy, acupuncture and massage.

The Scheinberg family has invested in a surgical arm that will perform x-rays in real time, meaning the surgeon doesn’t have to interrupt the operation to perform scans, Jones said.

“We know it will make a big difference both in cost to the consumer but also in the health of the animal,” she added.

Part of the new veterinary hospital will have a learning and knowledge sharing center to enable the building of a community of specialist veterinarians eager to learn.

“The goal is to improve the quality and access to services for the community,” Jones said. “We know what we’re going to do will be world-class, but really, we want all animals to have access to this kind of expertise.”

Jones said one of the Scheinbergs’ main drivers behind building the hospital was seeing families struggle to provide the expert care their pets need.

“We want to say that we are accessible to the community. We’re going to be competitive in our pricing, but the experience you and your pet will have will be different from what they’ve had elsewhere,” Jones said.

John Tait, a veterinarian at the Ontario Veterinary College, said there has been an increase in demand for veterinary services in Ontario.

“I think (the King Animal Hospital) will certainly meet a societal need to provide an additional source of care, not only for pets, but also for horses. It’s a state-of-the-art facility,” he said.

Tait said the animal hospital will address needs at the primary care level as well as “vertically integrated” care with specialists.

“For Ontario, this will not only bring another hospital, a vertically integrated hospital with a state-of-the-art facility, but also the level of care will be at the highest standards as defined by our accrediting bodies. “, did he declare. .

STORY BEHIND THE STORY: Journalist Laura Broadley wanted to know the progress of the construction of the state-of-the-art King Animal Hospital. She interviewed CEO Tracy Jones and John Tait, a veterinarian from the Ontario Veterinary College.

Benjamin M. Yerger