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Tampa, FL (September 14th, 2023) – UrgentVet, the first dedicated urgent care clinic for pets, announced today it is expanding its footprint in Washington D.C. The company will open a new clinic in Falls Church and begin serving pets and pet parents on September 14th.
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 6110 E Arlington Blvd, UrgentVet-Falls Church sits along one of the city’s most heavily trafficked routes and is easily accessible via Arlington Boulevard and Leesburg Pike. The clinic is 3,210 square feet with two exam rooms exclusively for small dogs, two for large dogs and one for cats.
“With a population of nearly 14,000, the Falls Church area is best known for its urban community feel especially since it is right outside Washington D.C.– but it’s also an incredible place to be a pet-parent,” said Dr. Jim Dobies, DVM and Founder of UrgentVet. “It became very clear early on in our site selection process that this is a community that is pet-friendly and pet-focused, and we couldn’t be happier to now be part of that.”
The Falls Church location comes on the heels of UrgentVet’s debut in Virginia earlier this year in Richmond. Overall, this will be the fourth location in the state, and it will be followed by another new UrgentVet clinic in Fairfax later this year.
Along with species- and size-specific exam rooms, UrgentVet-Falls Church 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.
“An unexpected injury or illness can be a traumatic experience for both the pet and pet parent,” Dr. Dobies added. “Our hope is that our arrival helps to eliminate at least some of that stress for those in and around Washington D.C.”
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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