West Lorne Animal Hospital Feeds Pet Care

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West Lorne Animal Hospital is owned by Dr. Jared Louw and Dr. Jacob Keitel and is located at 173 Main St., West Lorne.

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The hospital has a total of seven employees, in addition to the owners.

The clinic was established in February 2015 and purchased by the current owners in April 2021.

Services provided at the veterinary hospital include wellness exams, annual vaccination visits, puppy and kitten care, senior pet care, anesthesia, surgery, ultrasound, management pain management, dental care and surgery, laboratory diagnostics, radiology, parasite prevention – testing and control, nutritional advice, microchipping, euthanasia services and advice.

This wide range of services is available thanks to the vast experience and training of the staff, especially given their youth, and the recent purchase of several key new equipment.

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Feedback and experience from owners and employees so far in West Elgin shows that the community has been welcoming from the start. They are grateful to be able to provide a much needed service to families in West Lorne and surrounding communities.

Their company motto or philosophy is, “Our philosophy is to provide families and their pets with exceptional medical and surgical care while sparing them the time and expense of traveling to town.”

Their future hopes and plans are to continue to take specific continuing education courses to increase our skills and knowledge to offer additional services.

Dr. Jacob Keitel DVM, business partner and longtime friend and classmate of Dr. Jared Louw DVM, graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College and began his career in emergency medicine, diagnosing, treating and performing procedures advanced surgeries for critically ill animals.
Dr Keitel comes to West Lorne Animal Hospital delighted to join our team and expand the services we are able to provide. From Ottawa, he attended the University of Guelph, then moved to London, gaining experience and skills at the London Emergency Animal Clinic, where every conceivable condition pets could have were presented to the personal, always with a high or urgent degree.

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Working with the team, or sometimes alone as a surgeon, with the nursing staff, he quickly developed complex and essential knowledge and skills. This job was very exciting, usually stressful, but the long days were great preparation for her current clinical work and the variety of situations that arise in the hospital.

Dr Keitel said he was quite proud and excited about their new dental x-ray and treatment capability, and his most rewarding moment (one shared by other team members) was reviving an animal. who was brought in to be euthanized, but that they were able to use their skills to revitalize himself, restore him to health.

His community spirit is evidenced by the fact that he cycled across Canada to raise funds to fight world hunger, a 50-day ride.

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Denise Jack, RVT, is the Practice Manager, and her role and background will be included in next week’s article.

Since childhood, veterinary assistant Hailey Lunn knew she wanted a career that involved working with animals. During the summer of 2016, she volunteered at a large animal shelter in Dutton, in addition to caring for animals at several hobby farms.

In the fall of 2018, Hailey joined the team as a veterinary assistant. She currently shares her life with her dog Zeus and three cats – Fluff, Munchkin and Wolfie.

Heidi Flavien works in the front office team. Heidi’s favorite part of her job is seeing pets improve and being there with them through the recovery process. Job satisfaction is increased by ensuring pets are not left alone, being comforted, and seeing the joy on their owners’ faces when they are reunited. Sharing the same passion for animal care is something very special for this whole team.

In May 2019, Abigail Lewinsky graduated from Ridgetown College’s veterinary office administration program, before being certified as a veterinary assistant. During her time at the clinic, West Lorne Animal Hospital proved to be a family atmosphere, and she knows that’s where she’s meant to be. Her favorite part of the job is getting to know and growing with all the patients.

For more information about West Lorne Animal Hospital, call 519-768-0700, or go to [email protected], www.westlorneanimalhospital.ca, or www.facebook.com/westlorneanimalhospital

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