Midshore Veterinary Service in Easton has opened a new veterinary hospital at 605 Dutchman’s Lane, in the newly expanded space that previously served as a pediatrician’s office. The new clinic is three times as large as the practice’s space at 602 Dutchman’s Lane.
According to Dr. Steven Harris, DVM, veterinarian and owner, the new building’s capacity offers the staff the opportunity to better serve clients and provide quality care for patients. Harris has been in practice in Easton since 1994. He adds, “We had outgrown the space across the street. It was time to invest in a state-of-the-art facility which is designed with efficiency and patient comfort in mind.”
The new 6,199 square-foot building boasts six exam rooms, digital radiology, digital dental radiology, ultrasound, laser therapy, and indoor kennel runs. According to Amber Tatman, Practice Manager for Midshore Veterinary Service, who also served as the project manager for the new building, “We were striving to create a warm and inviting lobby and reception area for pet owners, with the clinical rooms in the back of the building. The medical wing in the back is almost as large as the original footprint of the building giving staff plenty of room from which to care for our animals.”
Photo: Back row, L-R, the staff of Midshore Veterinary Service in Easton in front of their new facility: Monica Sewell, Anja Cawley, Mandy Ebling, Dr. Jennifer Kerns, Dr. Steven Harris, Amber Tatman, Natalie Schmidt, Dr. Erin Riggin, and Megan Outten. Front row, L-R, Kayla Rex, Becky Caldwell, Claire Dowd, Taylor Dorrell, Chelsea Bees, and Mollie Dove.
Bruce Harrington of Harrington Construction was the contractor for the new building, working with architect Pam Gardner, AIA. He comments, “This is the first veterinary clinic I have built, but I have spent a lot of time in veterinary clinics as I have four dogs myself. We were able to take an existing building and repurpose it. It was important to understand all of the nuances involved that would make the staff’s lives easier, but we worked as a team to solve the challenges. I am absolutely thrilled with the results.”
Jennifer Kerns, DVM, a veterinarian with the practice adds, “We will now have the space to provide better care for our clients, including expanded treatment areas and improved services like our x-ray equipment, as well as the ability to board more animals. These upgrades are tremendous.”
To celebrate the opening of the new facility, Dr. Harris invited Carolyn Hanger of Easton, his first client in 1994 when he opened his practice in Easton to be his first client in the new building. Dr. Harris has known Mrs. Hanger since he as eight years old when he was a pet sitter for her dogs and cats in Potomac. His family lived near the Hanger family and it was his first foray into animal care. Mrs. Hanger brought her cat to Dr. Harris when he first opened his practice in 1994. This week, she brought her Labrador retriever, Punkin, making them the first official clients in the new building. She comments, “I think this building is just great! I can’t get over how big it is!”
Tatman adds, “I am grateful to have had the opportunity to oversee this project and gain both experience and knowledge. I am extremely proud of our new facility and excited to share it with our community.”
Midshore Veterinary Service is committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care, and health-related educational opportunities for its clients. For further information, visit http://midshoreveterinaryservice.vetstreet.com or call 410-820-9229.
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