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UrgentVet Expands Footprint In Richmond With New Clinic In Carytown


Open nights, weekends and holidays, services at UrgentVet are significantly less than at vet ER

Tampa, FL (July 19th, 2023) UrgentVet, the first dedicated urgent care clinic for pets, announced today it is expanding its footprint in Richmond. The company will open a new clinic in Carytown and begin serving pets and pet parents on July 20th, 2023.

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 3531 Elwood Ave, UrgentVet-Carytown sits in the Carytown Exchange Shopping Center where South Thompson Street and Ellwood Ave intersect. UrgentVet is easily accessible by the Downtown Expressway. The clinic is 2,959 square feet with two exam rooms exclusively for small dogs, two large dog rooms, and one for cats.

UrgentVet Cary Treatment Area

“Last month’s openings in Midlothian and Short Pump demonstrated a significant need in the area for after-hours veterinary care,” said Dr. Jim Dobies, DVM and Founder of UrgentVet. “We’re pleased to be able to further serve those needs with a third clinic in Carytown.”

Along with species- and size-specific exam rooms, UrgentVet-Carytown 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.

“It is no secret that Richmond is passionate about their pets,” Dr. Dobies added. “We’ve been able to help hundreds of pets in our other Richmond locations, and we’re looking forward to doing the same in Carytown.”

shilioh the cat

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

About UrgentVet

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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