Norfolk Animal Care Center and Portsmouth Humane Society join forces to open veterinary clinic

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The Norfolk Animal Care Center (NACC) and the Portsmouth Humane Society (PHS) are collaborating to open a new veterinary clinic.

Through a unique public-private partnership, NACC and PHS are opening the Veterinary Clinic, located in city-owned space adjacent to NACC, which will provide neutering and medical treatment services for companion animals at both organizations.

Until the partnership, both shelters relied on contract and vendor veterinary services, but were limited with no on-staff veterinary team.

Each shelter will contribute its resources to the clinic. ANCC has received funding to outfit their clinic space with equipment in hopes that through the Request for Proposal (RFP) process, someone with the capacity to staff the clinic might surface .

Although PHS had the resources to hire veterinary staff, it lacked funding for the start-up costs needed to open a clinic.

After reviewing NACC’s RFP, PHS submitted a proposal and was ultimately awarded the contract. In a statement on Wednesday, officials from the two shelters said they hoped to expand the clinic’s service capacity to provide low-cost services to the public in the future.

NACC and PHS are currently finalizing space and staffing requirements, with the clinic due to open at 5585 Saber Road, Norfolk in February 2022.

Veterinary professionals interested in employment at the clinic should visit the SSP websitefor information on hiring or by e-mail [email protected].

Benjamin M. Yerger