After being located on its South Hill Street site for decades, Griffin’s Southside Animal Hospital now has a new home.
“We had outgrown the building and just needed more space to do a better job,” Dr. Daniel Roberts, veterinarian and owner of Southside Animal Hospital, said of the move.
The new veterinary practice, located at 126 Meadowvista Drive, opened on Monday.
The office has a bigger lobby, more exam rooms, more parking, and is handicap accessible, which Roberts says is exciting.
The new clinic also includes examination rooms specially designed for cats.
Cats are afraid and anxious around dogs or the smell of dogs, so having cat-only exam rooms will create a calmer environment for cats coming to the clinic, Roberts said.
Southside Animal Clinic offers preventive and diagnostic medicine services as well as surgical services.
The clinic offers physical exams, vaccinations, wellness blood tests, heartworm tests for dogs and tests for feline leukemia and FIV, tests for deadly viruses that can be contracted by dogs. cats at any age.
Southside Animal Clinic offers medical diagnostics such as an in-house laboratory, digital x-rays, ultrasound, electrocardiography, and blood pressure and eye pressure tests.
The new clinic also provides dental X-rays, Roberts added.
Southside Animal Hospital makes every effort to make surgery as safe as possible for pets.
The clinic employs the use of a laser for most procedures. Laser surgery decreases an animal’s pain, swelling, and bleeding.
Southside Animal Hospital veterinarians also perform orthopedic surgery, soft tissue surgery, and dental care, which includes necessary dental cleanings and extractions.
Roberts has worked at Southside Animal Hospital since 1998 and has owned the veterinary clinic since 2008.
Dr. Michelle Hill, who has worked at Southside since 2011, works alongside Roberts.
“We always try to do our best to treat people well and let them know we care about them and their pets,” Roberts said.
The upcoming opening of Around The World Pet Resort in Southside, a boarding house located in its own building next to the clinic.
The boarding school includes a walk-in yard with artificial grass and a cat playroom, Roberts said.
Roberts became interested in becoming a veterinarian as a child growing up with animals. Another influence was the book “All Creatures Great and Small” by veterinarian James Herriot.
“I really like my job. It’s never boring and you never know what you’re going to see each day,” Roberts said.
Southside Animal Hospital is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. The office can be reached at 770-228-2595.