By Shari Phiel
A little more than 30 years after first opening their doors, Berthoud Animal Hospital at 115 Turner Ave. held an open house this past weekend in celebration of a recently completed new addition and remodel.
Despite overcast skies, visitors began arriving shortly after 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1 for the event which featured a barbeque cookout with hot dogs and bratwursts, door prizes, inter-active displays for kids and pet owners alike, along with a tour of the facility highlighting the new surgical room and surgical prep area with Dr. Frank Douthit, Dr. Tami Carter and many other staff members acting as tour guides.
Berthoud Animal Hospital is a full-service small animal hospital that offers a wide range of services including vaccinations, dental care, nutritional management, microchip implants, laser surgery, and many others. The animal hospital also carries a full line of high quality pet foods.
The remodeling process “started about a year ago,” said Dr. Douthit beginning with a “more computers and a new telephone system”. Soon they decided to repaint the rooms, bring in new furniture and expand the facility to have more room for staff and clients.
The new surgical room will allow the veterinarians to perform procedures using state-of-the-art equipment while the surgical prep area has a sink for scrubbing-in for surgeries and a window that will allow assistants to pass through needed instruments without the risk of contaminating the area. Observers can also watch surgical procedures through the window.
After more than three decades of practicing veterinary medicine, you might think Dr. Douthit would be leery of the more recent changes in animal medicine, but you couldn’t be more wrong. When one visitor asked Dr. Douthit if he was still young enough to work with all of the “new fangled” equipment, he replied, “I like all of the new fangled stuff, but I don’t like computers.”