Sheridan Animal Hospital set to care for ‘all creatures great and small’

By Mike Taylor • Last Updated 10:50 am on Thursday, November 21, 2013

Practice manager and certified veterinary assistant Brandy Taft, above, says Sheridan Animal Hospital will be ready to accommodate both large and small animal patients within the next two weeks. Meanwhile, veterinarian Sherry Teegardin will continue operating as a mobile vet. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

SHERIDAN — This week, Dr. Sherry Teegardin will realize the culmination of a dream nearly five years in the making when she officially opens the doors to Sheridan Animal Hospital.

From noon to 5 p.m. Friday, the new veterinary clinic will host an open house to introduce area animal lovers to the facility’s many amenities.

Impressive by most animal hospital standards, the clinic offers a host of services for both small and large animals. According to practice manager and certified veterinary assistant Brandy Taft, the clinic boasts many state of the art offerings, including cold laser therapy, luxury boarding suites for dogs and cats, and more.

“What we have isn’t just regular medical boarding,” Taft said. “We have luxury boarding suites that have luxury rooms with glass doors, individual lights and beds, and the cats have  a playroom with a cat tree and big window.”

Other offerings will include dog obedience classes and even a visiting animal chiropractor, though those services won’t be immediately available. Taft says the clinic is currently seeking qualified persons to fill those positions.

Though the clinic is new, Teegardin has been successfully practicing veterinary medicine in the area for just under five years. Previously, she offered mobile veterinary services, primarily large animal care, her first love.

However, after performing some relief work at the Ithaca Animal Hospital, Teegardin realized how much she enjoyed working with smaller animals, such as cats and dogs. When she began planning for the new facility, she decided to tailor the practice to both large and small animals.

“We’ll handle everything from dogs, cats, sheep, goats and horses to donkeys,” Taft said. “(Teegardin) also will be doing some emergency cow work.”

One of the few things the clinic will not be handling is dairy cow work and “big” surgeries for things such as colic; these will be referred to Michigan State University’s veterinary services, Taft said.

Though the grand opening of the new practice is Friday afternoon, the facility probably won’t be fully open for business for another week or two, due to construction delays.

“We were hoping to get everything done by the grand opening,” Teegardin said. “But things keep getting pushed back.”

“Everything’s taking a little longer than planned,” Taft added.

Once construction is complete, the facility must undergo inspection, after which it will open. Taft said she expects that will happen within the next two weeks. Meanwhile, Teegardin will continue as in year’s past, to take her practice on the road.

The grand opening will feature food, games, prizes and displays from several different veterinary drug vendors offering free and discounted merchandise. Owners and their pets are invited to attend the free event.

Though the clinic is not yet officially open, Taft says interest in the practice has been almost overwhelming.

“Business is booming,” Taft said. “We have a list of people waiting for the surgery. Everyone is knocking the doors down right now and people are stopping in constantly and contacting us by phone, Facebook and email.”

Business is so good, in fact, that the clinic plans to add a second veterinarian to the staff sometime after the first of the year.

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