Is the Glen Animal Hospital permanently closed? | Herald Community Newspapers

For nearly 50 years, Glen Animal Hospital has been the go-to veterinary center for pet owners in Sea Cliff looking to ensure their cats, dogs and all other furry and feathered creatures are in good health. health. Now the doors of the People’s Hospital have been closed for two months, leaving local animal lovers wondering what happened.
Glen Animal Hospital, at 209 Glen Cove Ave. in Sea Cliff, was founded in 1974 and has been used for decades by many members of the community. The clinic had been operated by VCA Animal Hospitals for at least five years.
When Glen Animal closed in late May, local customers were left in the dark about what happened and why. Long-time customers like Stephanie Hoffman of Sea Cliff, who had been going to Glen Animal since 1993, couldn’t believe the news when she heard it.
“In May, someone on Facebook asked for good vet recommendations, and I told them to give Glen Animal Hospital a try,” Hoffman said. “Someone else commented ‘No I think they closed’ and I was like there was no way. I was just there in March.
Customers, like Hoffman, who had visited Glen Animal for decades received no notice, either by email or phone, that the hospital was closing. Turns out they weren’t the only ones.

Chrissy Katsenios, who had worked for Glen Animal for five years as a groomer and veterinary assistant, said employees were left behind when the hospital closed. She said the hospital closed after their senior doctor left in May and VCA was unable to find a new doctor to run the facility.

She added that the hospital was already understaffed, reportedly due to low pay levels and incentives for non-PhD employees. After failing to find new doctors willing to take on the job, VCA operated Glen Animal on a reduced schedule from May to June, sometimes open as few as three days a week, and some weeks not at all.

One day at the end of June, Katsenios called the nearest operating VCA hospital to get the July schedule and was told that Glen Animal had been closed indefinitely. She was annoyed that VCA neglected to inform her or any of the other employees that they were closing. She went back and checked her email several times to make sure she hadn’t missed anything.

“Nobody told me anything,” Katsenios said. “Someone should have contacted us personally. I remember my old manager, she said, ‘This hospital is not going to close, but God forbid, you’re a VCA employee and you’ll still have a job, they’ll just move you to another hospital.'”

Despite this assurance, nothing like this has ever happened, Katsenios continued. To her knowledge, no member of senior management has contacted her or any other employee to transfer them or offer them jobs at the other VCA hospitals on Long Island.

However, VCA maintains that was not the case at all. According to Joseph Campbell, a member of VCA’s media relations team, all former Glen Animal employees have been offered positions elsewhere, which many have accepted. He admitted that it was possible that some employees were inadvertently overlooked.

Apparently, the issue of finding veterinarians is not unique to Glen Animal Hospital, but is a problem endemic to the entire United States. Dr. Steven Kolbert, of Long Island Animal Surgery in Glen Cove, said there is currently a shortage of trained vets ready to work in suburban communities like Long Island.

In areas with very high housing prices, such as the North Shore, Kolbert says it can be especially difficult to attract young veterinarians.

“There has generally been a shortage of veterinarians in major metropolitan areas in the Northeast,” he pointed out. “And as a result, salaries have skyrocketed for vets over the past two years.”

Benjamin M. Yerger