By the summer of 2022, pet owners in Beaufort and Hardeeville will no longer have to make panicked trips to Charleston to get emergency medical care for their pets in the middle of the night.
A 24-hour emergency veterinary hospital has disappeared from the area and has become even more necessary as the population grows, according to New River Veterinary Specialists Medical Director Kristin Welch.
“It’s been so long in coming, ”Welch said. “You have been impatiently waiting for everything to fall into place for many months, and it is a huge relief and a huge source of excitement to see our vision come to life.”
Construction of the veterinary hospital will begin on Friday. It will be located at New River Center in Hardeeville. The hospital is only for dogs and cats, Welch said.
It will have an animal blood bank on site, a CT scanner with 3D reconstruction and an underwater treadmill for animals requiring physical therapy.
The hospital is being put together by Welch and fellow veterinarians Jeff Davis and Matthew Nathan. Welch said they plan to open their doors by May or June and that the hospital will serve as a specialist medical center as well as a 24-hour emergency clinic.
“It’s not just an emergency,” Welch said. “There are appointments Monday through Saturday to get a consultation in surgery, ophthalmology, dermatology, internal medicine and all the different areas you would go into to see a specialist under the direction of your veterinarian. “
It will act as a sounding board “to support” general practitioners in the area, Welch said.
“One of the important aspects of a specialty hospital like this is that we never take the business of general practitioners away,” Welch said.
Because of this, she said, the hospital does not accept check-ups or vaccination appointments or sell heartworm or flea and tick medication, according to Welch.
“That’s our goal, to be able to help the community and be able to do what we love to do, which is to practice high level medicine and take care of all these pets,” Welch said.
This story was originally published 3 October 2021 11:35 am.