The Lincolnton Animal Hospital celebrated its grand opening at its new location Saturday.
The hospital made the transition to its North Generals Boulevard location on May 24.
According to Lincolnton Animal Hospital owner and veterinarian Dr. Karen Miller, the high client demand and lack of space heavily influenced the decision to relocate from the hospital’s former East Main St. location.
“We have been looking for a new location for a few years because we knew we needed more space,” she said.
Prior to the hospital’s move, the North Generals Boulevard building served as the location for Sagebrush Steakhouse. In order to transform the former restaurant into a fully functioning veterinary, intensive renovation was required.
Since moving to their new location, their facility has almost tripled in size, going from a modest 3,300 square feet to 9,000 square feet.
“At the old clinic, we were beyond maximum capacity, and it wasn’t as efficient,” Miller said. “Before, we didn’t have a lot of space for grooming and boarding. Now, we board and treat almost four times as many pets as we used to be able to.”
The new facility offers seven examination areas, one of which serves as a “comfort room” for consultations and end-of-life care. Other features include a larger surgery room and surgery preparation station, a pharmacy and lab treatment area, grooming and boarding rooms and isolation rooms for sicker patients.
Due to the hospital’s demand for pet dentistry, a separate dental room was designed for the new facility as well.
Miller and her husband, Ron, who serves as the director of the animal hospital, became owners of the practice in February 2008. According to the Lincolnton Animal Hospital website, the facility first opened its doors in 1983 under the guidance Dr. Wayne Jones. A Charlotte native and graduate of North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Miller has served the clinic as a veterinarian for the past 27 years.
“(Becoming a veterinarian) is all I’ve ever wanted to do since I was a kid,” Miller said.
Lincolnton Animal Hospital currently has four doctors on staff and 20 other employees that serve as receptionists, administrators, groomers, kennel assistants veterinary technicians.
“We really try and concentrate on educating our clients, so we can be in a partnership of taking care of their pets,” she said.
Those interested in learning more about the services offered at Lincolnton Animal Hospital should visit www.lincolntonanimalhospital.com or call 704-732-0728.