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Open nights, weekends and holidays, services at UrgentVet are significantly less than at vet ER
Tampa, FL (July 5, 2023) – UrgentVet, the first dedicated urgent care clinic for pets, announced today it is expanding its footprint in the Austin metro area. The company will open a new clinic in Cedar Park and begin serving pets and pet parents on Thursday, July 6.
UrgentVet emphasizes compassion, affordability and convenience within its business model. The groundbreaking concept offers a new solution by bridging the gap between primary practices and 24-hour emergency vets. Open nights, weekends and holidays, the company’s clinics offer pets relief for mild illnesses and minor injuries with rates significantly more affordable than comparable services at an emergency pet hospital.
Located at 1310 E. Whitestone Blvd., Suite 580, UrgentVet-Cedar Park is part of Crosscreek Market–a large retail and entertainment district–and is easily accessible via Farm to Market Road 1431. The clinic is 2,100 square feet with two exam rooms exclusively for small dogs, two for large dogs and one for cats.
“After opening our first suburban Austin clinic in Lakeway just a few months ago, it feels great to be back with a second location locally and reaching even more pet parents in the area,” said Dr. Jim Dobies, DVM and Founder of UrgentVet. “Meeting so many wonderful pets and pet parents throughout metro Austin made it a no brainer to expand our presence here.”
In addition to the Lakeway and Cedar Park clinics, UrgentVet will open its third location in the area in September with a clinic in North Austin’s Anderson neighborhood.
Along with species- and size-specific exam rooms, UrgentVet-Cedar Park is intentionally outfitted with non-slip flooring, dimmable lighting, soothing colors, soft music, calming pheromones and quiet exam lift tables, all in support of creating a fear-free experience. The clinic also has revolutionary tempered glass pet enclosures from Casco that are 70% quieter than metal cages—a design cue that helps make the enclosures the most Fear-Free product on the market today. As an added nod to pet comfort, all staff members at the clinic have received unique training to become Fear-Free-certified professionals.
As is the case with all UrgentVet locations, the clinic’s treatment area features an in-house laboratory and state-of-the-art equipment, including digital radiography and ultrasound technology.
Along with veterinary staffing shortages resulting in longer wait times and limited care options, the impacts of a continued economic downturn are also a major cause for concern in the industry. Nearly 50% of pet parents say they’ve decided to forego or delay veterinary treatments amidst inflation.
“No one likes to think about their pets suddenly becoming injured or ill, but the reality is that it can happen at any time–including on nights, weekends and holidays,” Dr. Dobies added. “We want pet parents in Cedar Park to know that if that happens to their pets, UrgentVet provides the same level of compassionate care that they are used to with their primary veterinarian.”
Positioned to provide care for common conditions that require immediate attention but aren’t serious enough for hospitalization, UrgentVet treats vomiting, diarrhea, limping, itching, coughing, not eating, minor wounds, back pain and more.
With all of its clinics, UrgentVet aims to develop strong relationships with neighboring primary care veterinarians, a practice that clinic staff has already started. Approximately 90% of pets seen at UrgentVet are treated on site and referred to their primary vet with a detailed letter and records for follow-up care.
For more information, please visit UrgentVet.com.
Founded in Charlotte, North Carolina, by Dr. Jim Dobies in 2015 and owned by American Veterinary Group, UrgentVet is the first dedicated urgent care clinic for pets. Offering after-hours services, its clinics provide pet owners, or pet parents as UrgentVet refers to them, with an affordable and convenient alternative to 24-hour emergency vets. It offers immediate relief for mild illnesses and injuries in dogs and cats with rates that are more affordable than comparable services at emergency vet hospitals. For more information, please visit UrgentVet.com.
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Josh Hall | Sage & Sterling Communications