The Antigo Veterinary Clinic is putting the finishing touches on preparations for the grand opening of its newly remodeled facility this Saturday.
The celebratory event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the clinic located at 610 Amron Avenue in Antigo.
The revamped section of the clinic fills nearly 1,800 square feet of previously unfinished space, once home to storage and the farm call vehicles from a now bygone era.
The new section features deluxe canine and feline boarding areas, a new inpatient hospitalization and recovery ward, an isolation unit, a pet grooming suite, and a peaceful family room for end of life visits.
The opening of the new amenities coincides with Dr. Sarah Lautzenhiser celebrating 10 years since becoming the owner of Antigo Veterinary Clinic.
“The new facilities will allow us to offer expanded services that are needed in the area,” Dr. Lautzenhiser said. “For the last 10 years, we’ve focused on offering state-of-the-art small animal veterinary care, educating pet owners on ways to help keep their pets healthy, and striving to provide excellent client service.
“The remodel allows us to continue to expand on this concept by providing on-site boarding, separate care areas for pets with contagious disease, and the family visiting room.”
Dr. Lautzenhiser believes the pet boarding opportunities will fill a need for such a service in the area. The dog boarding area includes 11 kennels, two measuring six by six feet and nine spanning four by six feet, which have pet couches and rugs, as well as easy sliding door access to an outdoor play area.
The kennels also feature a series of closed circuit cameras, which will allow pet parents to log in via webcam and keep an eye on their furry friend while they are away.
The feline boarding room is furnished with a series of four comfortable multi-level kittie condos.
At maximum capacity, the facility will be able to accommodate up to 24 dogs and six cats.
Dr. Lautzenhiser mentioned that the project was largely made possible through funding by the Small Business Administration (SBA).
“I’ve sought business loans through the SBA twice now, and twice they have come through for me,” she explained.
Dr. Lautzenhiser said that she has been pondering the expansion and remodel since purchasing the clinic 10 years ago, but the serious planning process has taken about a year. The physical project began in July, with the work being done by Keller Construction of Wausau.
With the new services, plans are in motion for bringing on additional clinic staff. Antigo Veterinary Clinic currently employs three vets and seven support staff, with that number expected to grow by at least two kennel staff and a full time groomer.
Antigo Veterinary Clinic is a full-service small animal clinic offering preventive care and sick pet care, as well as in-clinic laboratory services, imaging including x-rays, abdominal and cardiac ultrasound, endoscopy, surgery and dentistry services, and alternative medicine including chiropractic therapy, laser therapy, and massage therapy.
Guests for the grand opening event are encouraged to register via the Antigo Veterinary Clinic Facebook page for free tickets, which will be eligible for special prize drawings.
The first 30 registrations will receive a free night of boarding for their pet in the new boarding facilities. The event will also feature food and beverages, tours, and door prize drawings.
More information can be found at the Facebook page, as well as ‘antigovet.com.”
Source: Antigo Daily Journal, November 13, 2019 edition