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The Travel Vet: At Your Pet’s Beck and Call

Devin Felix

July 9, 2013


Readers’ Choice, as selected by Utah Business Facebook fans…

Each month, we ask our Facebook fans to nominate their favorite Utah-owned businesses and select one to feature here. This month we asked fans to tell us their favorite veterinarian. Want us to feature a business you love? Follow us at www.facebook.com/UtahBusiness and watch for the next time we ask for business recommendations.


Ben Brown became a veterinarian for the same reason most vets do: he just loves animals. And it was that love of animals that led him to leave his job at an established clinic and start his own mobile veterinary business.

“It’s so nice to see more of my patients at their own homes,” Brown says. “The key is the reduced stress.” For many dogs and cats, being driven to the vet’s office and waiting in a room crowded with other pets can add a lot of stress to the already-traumatic experience of being treated by a veterinarian. So Brown decided to take the clinic to the animals instead.

He bought a mobile veterinary clinic, contained in a customized 26-foot RV, and opened his business, The Travel Vet, in February 2012. Brown and veterinary technician Mindy Brown, who is also Ben Brown’s wife, now make house calls along the Wasatch Front, from Ogden to the south end of Salt Lake County. They perform all the standard procedures available at a brick-and-mortar vet clinic, such as teeth cleaning or removal, vaccinations, spaying or neutering, and other surgeries.

The mobile clinic is clean, modern and air-conditioned, and it contains the advanced tools and equipment found at other clinics: X-ray equipment, anesthesiology equipment, an ultrasound device and other tools. The back portion of the clinic is a small operating room. The Browns typically have six to eight appointments per day.

In addition to easing the stress on animals, the mobile clinic is a great benefit to pet owners who aren’t able to travel easily, such as elderly people in nursing homes. Many of the Browns’ patients are guide dogs for the blind.

 

Some of the other veterinarians recommended by Utah Business Facebook fans:

Dancing Cats Feline Health Center; North Elm Animal Hospital

Mid Valley Animal Clinic; Red Hills Animal Hospital

Lone Peak Veterinary Hospital; Wasatch Animal Clinic

Banfield Pet Hospital; Advanced Veterinary Care

Quail Pointe Veterinary Hospital; Bayview Animal Hospital

 

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