Location of an animal hospital in The Shoppes at Simonds Park | Burlington

BURLINGTON – Cambridge Street Animal Hospital recently won unanimous Planning Board approval to move into The Shoppes at Simonds Park.

The rental space is a small portion of the newly developed mixed-use commercial and residential building that once housed Building 19 1/2.

The by-appointment veterinary clinic is expanding its operations from Concord, MA to Burlington. Thanks to COVID-19, pet ownership has increased and the demand for such animal hospitals is there.

“A happy effect of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a dramatic increase in pet ownership,” remarked Katherine Wilson, representing Cambridge Street Animal Hospital. “While the proliferation of new pets is incredible, it is straining the capacity of animal care services at all levels.”

Wilson further explained that many veterinary clinics and hospitals, such as Burlington Veterinary Hospital and Middlesex County Hospital, “Note on their websites that they are no longer accepting new clients because they are simply pushed to the limit.”

Cambridge Street Animal Hospital is proudly committed to serving the local community by opening its “Small Animal Hospital” to serve pets in Burlington and surrounding towns.

“We will provide personalized and compassionate veterinary care to dogs, cats and pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, hedgehogs, mice, rats, gerbils, chinchillas and sugar gliders” , Wilson said. “Our services will include preventative and wellness care, outpatient sickness and emergency care, outpatient dental and surgical care, and pet grooming.”

In an effort to start its relationship with Burlington residents on the right foot, the hospital assured that noise levels will not be an issue as no patients will be hospitalized overnight and all pets will be discharged by end of the working day.

“That means there won’t be any unattended animals barking overnight,” Wilson confirmed. “We also expect minimal noise disturbance during business hours based on our experience at Concord Animal Hospital.”

Wilson and her husband, Dr Stephen Wilson, are co-owners of Concord Animal Hospital and have reaffirmed that it is located next to residential accommodation and that they have never had any complaints about noise levels.

Along with the Wilson family, the partners that make up Cambridge Street Animal Hospital are Dr. Rhea McCullough, DVM, and Stephanie Saglimbeni (Veterinary Technician).

The company couldn’t be happier to come to Burlington.

“We really love Burlington. It’s such a vibrant, dog-loving community,” Wilson enthused.

The planners saw no problem with the proposal, so they unanimously approved the request for a special permit.

Benjamin M. Yerger