Deason Animal Hospital gets green light for expansion

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Deason Animal Hospital in Floresville plans to expand its co-ed veterinary practice to include a new office that will be located adjacent to the existing facility at 1712 D St. The new office will serve as additional office space and add a surgical room, room alarm clock and laboratory. DEVAN SUTTON / Wilson County News

Horses, pigs and cats – oh, la la!

Deason Animal Hospital in Floresville is preparing to expand its facilities.

Dr. Wayne Deason, owner of Deason Animal Hospital, received approval from the Floresville Planning and Zoning Committee on January 5 for the necessary commercial rezoning of his property located at the corner of D and Eighth streets, adjacent to the existing facility.

Deason Animal Hospital – located at the corner of D Street and 10th Street (US 181), at 1712 D St. – is a mixed practice that treats small pets such as cats and dogs, and large animals, including pets. horses, cattle and pigs, explained Deason.

The adjoining property, currently a residential building owned by Deason’s, located at 1602 D Street, once served as accommodation for external veterinary students from around the world. In recent years, the program has been put on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rezoning this property will allow Deason to construct an additional building near the animal hospital’s existing enclosures and stalls, which would extend partially behind the day school house, he said.

The veterinary hospital is not only used by locals. People from as far away as Austin and Corpus Christi come to Floresville for a variety of veterinary services, such as preventative care, dental care, vaccinations, diagnostic tests, surgical needs, and emergencies.

The new building — which will be about 2,500 square feet — will be used primarily as offices, Deason said. It will also include a surgery room, a recovery room and a laboratory.

Animals will not be spending the night in the new building, Deason assured, addressing concerns from neighbors worried about noise and traffic related to the business expansion.

Other plans for the property include installing a fence along the perimeter of Eighth Street and creating more parking spaces for employees. There will be no new entries to the facility, he advised.

“We need to do this to provide better service to the customers we have and the people of Floresville,” Deason said. “Animals get sick and need care seven days a week.”

The community’s needs for the veterinary hospital’s services exceeded the capabilities of the small facility, he admitted.

Deason Animal Hospital has grown steadily over the past three decades. It currently operates with a staff of 31 people. Deason plans to add 20 more positions with the expansion.

Final rezoning approval is still required by Floresville City Council, which is due to consider the proposal Jan. 13 at its regular council meeting.

Benjamin M. Yerger