The Lodi Veterinary Care hospital expansion and remodeling project for its main center, located at 705 N. Main St., is due to wrap up in the next few months.
To celebrate the $3 million project’s conclusion, Lodi Veterinary Care will host an open house on Sunday, April 15 from 1-5 p.m. The event will include a self-guided tour throughout the remodeled Lodi facility and showcase the animal, livestock and equine divisions. There will also be activities for kids of all ages, including Teddy Bear surgeries, Alice the Cow and animals to interact with.
Though expansion began with the groundbreaking ceremony in November 2016 and was set to conclude in September 2017, K.C. Brooks, Chief Executive Officer and managing partner of the expansion, said builders are still adding some finishing touches. He said everything will hopefully be done by April 15.
Brooks said the most recent addition to the building was before the current expansion project was completed around 17 years ago.
“Probably around five or six years ago, we began to realize that we were running short of space and that just results in poor workflow and a challenge serving clients (and their animals),” Brooks said. “That led us to explore (how to) address that.”
According to Brooks, he and other minds behind the project considered all options, including trying to build at a different site for the main facility, though eventually they felt it was best to stay in Lodi.
The expansion and remodel has allowed Lodi Veterinary Care to utilize state-of-the-art technologies to provide “high-quality” animal care, hire more specialized employees and have more space overall, Brooks said. It added approximately 14,000 square feet to the existing hospital.
For example, Brooks, who is also a companion animal veterinarian at the facility, said Lodi Veterinary Care has been able to hire a full-time specialized laboratory technician who services all three divisions, in addition to hiring staff to take care of animals for boarding and daycare needs.
The lab itself is now located in the center of the building, he said, when it used to be in the far south end. And that was a problem, since staff who worked with companion animals had easy access to the old lab, but livestock and equine staff had to walk all the way from the north end of the building to use it.
In terms of animal care needs, Lodi Veterinary Care can also perform more ultrasounds, orthopedic procedures and laparoscopic surgeries (operations performed in the abdomen or pelvis through small incisions with the aid of a camera).
The expansion also added more notable features the facility didn’t previously have space for, including an equine barn and turnout area, a climate-controlled treatment pen for livestock, a dental suite for orthopedic treatment, an indoor play area connecting to an outdoor area play area (also to serve as space for training classes) and even a comfort area for grieving pet owners.
Brooks said Lodi Veterinary Care’s mission is to provide affordable, high-quality care to people from Lodi and all around. With locations also in DeForest and Portage, Brooks said Lodi Veterinary Care’s model is to be a “central hospital” that can provide advanced diagnostics and care, while the surrounding satellites can be more wellness-oriented.
“That’s part of the reason why the expansion was as big as it was,” Brooks said. “(It allowed) for that standard of care to be delivered to more people.”