Pet Vets: Animal Hospital Provides Intensive Care and Boarding | News

VALDOSTA – Pet care is provided around the clock at Valdosta Veterinary Associates, a local 24-hour veterinary hospital that has been in operation since late 2019.

The hospital was mobile-only prior to its brick-and-mortar opening on November 12, 2020, at 3815 Old US 41 North.

The establishment of the hospital marked the first time co-owners Bonne Mount and Jillian Courson owned a business.

Mount graduated from veterinary school in 2008 while Courson graduated from veterinary school in 2018.

To be a veterinarian, they both said you had to be motivated and love animals.

“I think every veterinarian certainly loves animals and loves doing what we can to help animals and be sympathetic to pet owners and pet parents,” Mount said. “Becoming a veterinarian is hard academic work.”

Valdosta Veterinary Associates operates on four shifts. In addition to its esteemed 25 employees, the hospital has three four-legged staff members.

Courson’s personal dog, Belle, greets customers while her other dog, Rookie, trains to become an animal blood donor. Hopper is the “hospital’s mascot” who acts as an emotional support dog, Courson said.

Luckily, initially offering mobile services helped them prepare to run their hospital during the pandemic.

“During the construction of the building, we were doing some mobile practice time, so we were able to go to people’s homes,” Mount said. “They appreciated that they didn’t necessarily have to go out, but we always took safety precautions coming to their house, and so, that actually built a following.”

Valdosta Veterinary Associates serves Lowndes County and others in the South Georgia and North Florida area. The hospital has five examination rooms, two surgery rooms, a triage area, an intensive care unit, a comfort room, an x-ray room and a kennel. for boarding school.

The hospital and kennel operate on two separate ventilation systems, which Courson says is essential.

Pets with special needs, such as those with diabetes, are housed separately from others; cats and dogs are also housed separately.

The comfort room, which is next to the reception area and includes a sofa, is used by families who wish to spend time with their pets in intensive care, and the space is also used for dropping off animals of companionship, Courson said.

When the pets are slaughtered, a fake candle placed near the entrance to the hospital is lit and a sign reminds people to remain silent out of respect for the families.

There are three examination tables in the triage.

“The initial triage really happens when they walk through the door for emergencies,” Mount said. “Our receptionists are trained to recognize certain situations requiring immediate attention and they advise the veterinary technicians and the veterinary nurse. … We bring them right back here.

The hospital accepts calls and walk-ins for emergency services. Calls allow staff enough time to prepare for the arrival of the animal. The Intensive Care Unit will see expansion later, but currently has two large spaces used to house larger dogs, a ward to care for pets considered more critical care than others, and a ward for pets that are in a less critical state of care.

An outdoor kennel nursery is equipped with a bone-shaped dog pool. Outdoor fans help cool the play area.

Other hospital services include radiology, laser therapy, ultrasound, dental x-rays, and lab tests.

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Benjamin M. Yerger