Happy Birthday Orchard Road Animal Hospital

2978305256Every year on March 17th, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. This day also marks the anniversary of the day Dr. Linda Flieg purchased Orchard Road Animal Hospital(ORAH). Twenty-one years ago, the clinic was staffed by 3 people with her as a solo practitioner. Since then, ORAH has grown quite substantially. What was once the clinic is now half of boarding. The other half of boarding as well as what is now surgery, exam rooms, reception and treatment was added on increasing the size of the hospital to 7600 square feet up from 2100 square feet initially.

Not only has the physical size increased, but ORAH now has four veterinarians including Dr. Cheryl Distajo, Dr. Joel Huffman and Dr. Kristen Kennedy who have worked at ORAH for 11, 10 and 5 years, respectively. We also have four certified veterinary technicians, Brook Jadczak, Megan Muhlbradt, Kristina Quiroz and Holly White. All of the above veterinarians and technicians have worked at ORAH since graduating. That just does not happen as many in this profession move from clinic to clinic over their careers. This lack of turnover speaks to the quality of medicine at the clinic and the devotion of its employees.  The total staff now numbers 25 people including  Stacy Robson who was here with Dr. Flieg at the beginning.

Other additions to ORAH include digital radiography, laser surgery and ultrasound to name a few.

I take great pride in working here and love working with all of the people here because of their dedication, humor, skill and love of animals. This job is not the easiest in the world and it takes a team such as the one at ORAH to keep it running smoothly. You may notice that every Tuesday, the staff is proudly wearing green t-shirts with the phrase “TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK.” So true for 21 years and counting…

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TWO “MUST DOs” FROM YOUR VET

catincageThanks to Jen Morgan Gabel for this topic:

There are many things that happen during a visit to a veterinary clinic and when I was asked to think of things to do, I thought I could come up with a huge list, but there really are two things that you can do every time that will make your visit the best it can be:

ONE: COMMUNICATE!!

Make sure you let us know everything regarding your pet’s problems even if you think it may not be that important. Now, we don’t need to know what color the tree was in your backyard when you were five(we only have thirty minutes), but sometimes the littlest detail helps us figure out what is wrong. Also, we would not be in business if it were not for you. You need to be happy with our plan in order to be happy with us. We need to know your financial limits, your concerns about side effects, and we need to know you understand what we are talking about. If you ask questions, we know you are engaged and it helps us feel better.

TWO: RESPECT OTHER PETS’ SPACE AND SAFELY RESTRAIN YOUR PETS

Some pets are very nervous when they are here and may bite when approached by a strange dog or cat. Please be respectful of their space as we want every animal, human and non-human to have as pleasant a visit as possible. Also, we would discourage anyone from using retractable leashes as we find them to be very prone to failure and tangles-this makes it nearly impossible to separate two animals quickly and safely should something untoward happen.

Cats can be very frightened at the vet’s office. Most of you bring your cats in carriers. Some of you may have a hard time getting your animal in the carrier and bring them in a car. Ask us for a carrier and we would be happy to help you get your cat from the car to the clinic entrance in a carrier.

Thanks for reading!

Dr. Huffman