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Hopedale welcomes veterinary care center

THERAPY — Dr. Lydia Friend performs acupuncture therapy on Tip at the newly opened Heritage Veterinary Care center in Hopedale.

HOPEDALE — A new veterinary care center is ready to serve the furry friends of Hopedale and surrounding areas — Heritage Veterinary Care, formerly Cadiz Animal Clinic.

The care center promises to provide the highest level of veterinary medicine and currently serves thousands of the area’s critters including cats, dogs, rabbits, pigs and birds. Dr. Scott Pendleton, owner and operator of HVC, graduated from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989 and purchased the Cadiz clinic in 1993. Since then, the has dedicated his life to aiding the community in saving the lives of animals.

Earlier this year, Pendleton began to build a larger state-of-the-art facility for his patients. The newly constructed facility is nearly three times the size of the former Cadiz location. Although the name and location has changed, Pendleton promises the same caring staff and services. The new center’s slogan is “Honoring the past, embracing the future.”

“What makes us stand out is that we can do a lot, we offer a lot that other area vets do not,” practice manager Kara Cavanaugh said.

The 6,495-square-foot-facility offers two entrances to the center, one for dog patients and the other for cat patients. Cavanaugh said the double entrance and separate waiting rooms are meant to create a stress-free visit for the animals and their owners.

“Our goal is to have a cat and dog entrance to promote a fear-free environment. So cats have their own waiting area and dogs have their own waiting area. That’s one of our favorite things,” Ginger Held, hospital administrator for HVC, added.

The center offers emergency services, acupuncture, stem cell therapy, full-service laser surgery, laser therapy, rehabilitation, ultrasonic dental, weight management programs and wellness exams. The facility has three cat examination rooms and four dog examination rooms, a grief room, in-house lab, isolation room, dental and surgical rooms. There are four doctors, including Pendleton, Dr. Aimee Clay, Dr. Lydia Friend and Dr. Samantha Borsos, and 13 support staff members.

Friend is the center’s acupuncture doctor. HVC offers holistic and traditional medicine to aid patients as they heal. According to HVC, acupuncture has been shown to aid pets with pain, osteoarthritis, vomiting, cancer pain, endocrine disorders and more.

“I feel like we’re trying to raise the standard of care for animals with the fear-free (separate rooms) and giving animal owners options — if they want to treat medically versus holistic options,” Friend said.

Held said that the center sees around 30 patients and performs roughly six surgeries per day. Most of the clients from the former clinic have relocated with the new center, Held said.

“They’re excited. All of our clients are excited about the move. We have a lot of Jefferson County clients, so of course for them it’s a lot closer. St. Clairsville, it’s a little further, but it will be worth it,” Held said.

Kayla Gibson and her dog, Hodor, are clients. Gibson said she has been a client for more than a year now and plans to stay one, following the center’s move. Hodor had his first appointment at the new facility on Thursday.

“It’s really nice,” Gibson said of HVC. “We’ll be coming back here for sure.”

The new veterinary facility is now open and accepting patients. The only unfinished work remaining is the landscaping around the building and the parking lot. The landscaping is currently being completed along with the facility’s parking lot, which is set to be finished next weekend.

Although HVC does not provide large animal care, another local veterinarian has filled the need; Dr. Matthew Friend recently opened “Friend Veterinary Services,” a large animal ambulatory practice, also located in Hopedale. The two animal care practices often refer patients to one another as Friend’s is strictly a large animal practice and HVC is a small animal practice.

HVC will hold an open house event from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2 at the new facility, 85491 Miller Station Road in Hopedale. Staff will provide attendees tours of the new center. There will be demonstrations, free food, giveaways and “lots of fun.” All are invited to attend. For information, visit heritageveterinarycare.com or call (740) 937-2000.

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