Caring Animal Hospital to care for more patients through expansion

For Caring Animal Hospital of Holt, keeping pets and their owners close to home for veterinary care is extremely important. But limited space was becoming a problem for getting regular and new patients in for care as quickly as the practice liked.

Prior to the pandemic, Caring Animal Hospital was planning an expansion and remodel, but once COVID-19 hit, they had to put their plans on hold. While these plans were halted for a while, the need for veterinary services only increased during the pandemic.

“Over COVID, we have seen an influx of clients getting new pets, or they’re working from home now and seeing their pets on a more consistent basis and noting problems earlier,” says Maggie Smith, Licensed Veterinary Technician and Caring Animal Hospital’s Practice Manager. “Overall the veterinary field has been very busy since COVID.”

Caring Animal Hospital just started their expansion, which is slated to be finished within the next month. After that, they will turn their attention to renovating the existing space. The full project is set to finish sometime in the spring.

The practice began in 2000 by Dr. Bethany Steele, who later brought on Associate Veterinarian Dr. Hailee Cotter. They offer a variety of services for small animals such as dogs, cats, and exotics (snakes, rabbits, ferrets, etc.). Services include full-service dentistry with dental cleanings and dental x-rays, vaccinations, wellness checks, acupuncture, and more.

They offer a new service – endoscopy. Caring Animal Hospital recently acquired this new piece of equipment, which allows them to look inside the animal for issues. They can then do procedures to address those problems or take biopsies for further diagnosis. This keeps animals from having to get invasive surgery for certain things.

The expansion and renovation project will allow Caring Animal Hospital to bring on a third doctor as well as more support staff. It will also double the square footage of the building, increasing the number of exam rooms and provide other much needed space to service patients. “It’s going to free up a lot of our space,” Smith says. “It will allow us to bring on new clients and see more of our regular clients sooner.” Caring Animal Hospital is always accepting new patients and looks forward to keeping more animals close to home for care.

Caring Animal Hospital is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. It is located at 2162 N. Aurelius Road in Holt, 517.694.6766, caringanimalhospital.net.