Here is our initial Blog entry on expansion...
We hope by now you have asked for a tour of our new facility!!
Blog Entry July 30th 2012
We are ready! The Floors have cooperated, and the Paint is drying! The cages are completed, and the water is now running!
Our plan is to begin using the FAR WESTERN SIDE Entrance for Boarding and Day Care beginning the morning of AUGUST 1st 2012.
ALL Boarding and day care dogs will use this entrance.
In case you've missed our plans... read the information below to catch up!
Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates, Inc and the Blue Ridge Veterinary Bloodbank are pleased to announce their expansion plans for 2012. Construction on a 9,000 square foot annex to the main office at 120 E. Cornwell Ln. Half of the building will expand the doggie daycare facility. A large gymnasium and luxury kennel area will be built to house and entertain the many dogs that spend their days with us. A new entrance will alleviate crowding and allow owners to view their dogs in the play area. We are also working with local dog training groups, such as the DGOTC, to hold classes in the gym area to make them more convenient for our clients and offer and indoor venue. We will continue to offer the trail walks and the agility yard playtime in addition to this new facility.
The front part of the building will house our extended affordable surgical service. Providing two new surgical suites and state of the art anesthesia and monitoring equipment it will also house the office of Board Certified Surgeon, Dr. Tom Walker. Blue Ridge and Dr. Walker will partner to provide easily accessible and affordable procedures such as Total Hip Replacements, TPLOs, TPO's, fracture repairs, cystotomy, chest procedures (PDA?s, tumors, lung lobectomy, etc.), advanced and invasive cancer surgeries, amputations, and same day stem cell procedures. Spacious examination rooms and quiet recovery suites are planned to complement the new services that BRVA will offer. All the same services currently offered to our long-time clients will occur in the new facility including dentals, routine surgeries (spay/neuter, etc), treatments for illnesses and routine annual examinations.
In addition, the Blue Ridge Veterinary Bloodbank will also occupy the space and will provide both BRVA client?s and hospitals around the country blood products from dogs, cats, cows, sheep and camelids. The Bloodbank is also the provider of the stem cell processing for the surgical service and any other clinics locally or around the country that need the service after harvesting and also provides cell washing for autoimmune diseases and processing pig blood products for human burn units. In the future platelet rich plasma will be offered as well as lyophilized plasma and albumin. Total parenteral nutrition preparation will also be available in the future for pets that need IV feeding.
Other specialties will be able to obtain space for offices in the new building and will include a behaviorist, ultrasound (cardiac and abdominal),neurology and acupuncture services. Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates hopes to offer more services as completion nears for the annex.
The original building will be undergoing a renovation as soon as the new building is complete and in service. It will continue to serve as the 24/7/365 urgent care facility. However, the rest of the building will be converted to serve our rescue clients more completely. Currently we enjoy serving over 47 rescue and specialty groups from Guinea Pig rescue to Lost Dog and Cat rescue. We also service the Loudoun County Animal Care and Control animals and take care of their overflow on a regular basis. This part of our business will now be separated from our current and referral clients. There will be separate entrances, boarding area, exercise areas, surgical, dental, isolation, hospitalization, bathing and treatment areas. This will avoid cross-contamination and isolate the stressed rescue animals which, by their nature, have more medical problems. We frequently get dogs and cats in from areas that are hit by natural disasters such as Louisiana and Puerto Rico. With all these traveling pets we felt a separate area will be more calming. Plus they can stay in the groups they came with. Social stress can be alleviated by keeping groups of animals together that went through the same traumas.
The new building will feature updated lighting and air exchange, and a geothermal HVAC plant that will reduce energy consumption and maintenance costs, the old building will get retrofitted in the renovation. There will also be a ?rain garden? to intercept pollutants from the parking area and grass areas to reduce contaminated water spilling into the watershed of the Chesapeake Bay. And, lastly , there will be more parking!
More information soon...
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