When he was 6, Russ Brewer feared the veterinarian would apply a hurtful injection to his pet dog.
He thought it would be painful because he had recently gotten a vaccination himself.
“I asked the vet if it would hurt,” he recalled “He assured me it wouldn’t. I wasn’t so certain, but he was right, and from the point on, I wanted to become a veterinarian.”
Rebecca Wilsey was 14 when she became an animal caretaker. She always loved animals, and she was from a medical family.
“I always knew I wanted to do something medical,” she said.
Years later, while the two were in veterinary medicine classes at Kansas State University, they formed a bond, eventually married and then began dreaming of one day owning a veterinarian hospital.
That dream came to fruition when they opened Care Animal Hospital in 2000, in a leased facility in Pleasant Prairie. Over the years, they built their staff, won over an ever-increasing number of clients and quickly outgrew their building.
Along the way, they were always thinking of what they’d like to see in their ideal, state-of-the-art hospital.
“In 2012, we sat down and we said, ‘We have to do something,’” Brewer said. “We’re bursting at the seams.”
With visits to conventions and trade shows, their development plans began to form.
After working out their financial considerations, they contracted with a specialty development company that helped them create their dream facility at 9052 Prairie Ridge Blvd., in Pleasant Prairie, across the street from their old location.
The new hospital opened in December and recently was selected by DVM360, a veterinarian industry organization, as a National Hospital Design Merit Award winner in the general category. Care Animal Hospital will be featured in the organization’s magazine in July.
Inspired by Wright
At more than 11,000 square feet, the new location is three times as large as the previous facility. It was designed in the Frank Lloyd Wright style, reflecting his prairie style on the exterior and featuring an open interior with lots of large windows for natural lighting.
The facility is located on more than two acres, with two parking lots that can accommodate 63 vehicles.
The outside features a patio area and a yard with a natural wetland where geese, ducks and birds visit. There is an outdoor, covered area with artificial turf where pets can walk.
Inside, the waiting room/foyer has a feeling of homey comfort. It has a cathedral ceiling and a fireplace with stuffed leather chairs.
Brewer said it’s so comfortable that some clients say they don’t have time to soak in the decor before heading to an exam room for their appointment.
The new facility features more space, more exam rooms, more dedicated laboratory space and six treatment tables, with two designated for dental procedures.
There are surgical lasers, an aqua treadmill for therapeutic treatment, electrocardiogram machines, ultrasound monitors and an in-house pharmacy.
“There’s a lot of things this building allows us to do,” Wilsey said.
She said the extra room, better facilities and overall spaciousness has helped ease the stress on patients and staff.
Business is booming
Since relocating to the new building, business has increased by 15 percent, according to Wilsey. Care Animal Hospital has 7,500 clients — nearly 2,000 more than it had at the previous location.
“We’re getting 75 to 80 new clients every month,” she said.
The hospital has a staff of 37 with six veterinarians, several veterinarian technicians and assistants along with an administrative staff. It currently has an opening for another veterinarian.
“It’s all been for the patient,” Brewer said. “We enjoy doing this for them.”
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