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Veterinary clinic expands

Hillcrest facility has 5 exam rooms and surgery space

Going from 4,200 square feet to 10,000 square feet is quite a change.
But it’s a needed one, Hillcrest Veterinary Clinic owner and veterinarian Dr. Kelley Owen said.

Recently, the clinic moved into its new home, right across the parking lot from its former space on Point Marion Road.

The location gives the three veterinarians and several techs and staff members extra room to treat the animals that come to the clinic.

“A little more room back there for all of us to fit,” Owen said smiling as she talked about the facility, which has five exam rooms, three treatment tables and a surgery facility.

“We started, probably three or four years ago, talking about expanding because we were needing a little bit more space, and we finally found a contractor and decided to move forward with it,” Owen said.

Construction began in July 2013. In August 2014, the new Hillcrest Veterinary Clinic was ready.

Owen has been practicing just off Point Marion Road since 1990. Her father, Eugene Owen, was also a veterinarian who practiced there, from 1961-’89. He died during Owen’s last year of veterinary school.

So she took over the family business.

“My father was a veterinarian originally. Of course, I worked in the hospital a lot and it became a passion for me,” she said. “I’m inquisitive, so I like the diagnostics. I like a case work-up, and you know it’s always good when you can work something up and have it have an awesome outcome or prolong their life.”

With the new space, the three veterinarians, Owen, Dr. Aaron Pollock and Dr. Jess Anderson, will be able to do more of that diagnostic work, including endoscopy, digital X-rays and surgery.

“We really outgrew where we were at, and we were running into each other, and it was hard to practice the kind of medicine that we wanted to, so we’ve been super excited about this,” Pollock said.

Pollock has worked alongside Owen since 2007. While he loves animals, he said it’s also important to get along with the people in the veterinary business.

“It’s rewarding to get to help something that can’t speak for itself and figuring things out,” he said. “Every day’s a mystery. They can’t tell us what’s wrong and that’s an exciting part about it.”

That’s the type of dedication to detail Linda Fischer loves about Hillcrest. Fischer has been bringing her pets to the clinic for more than 10 years. She has two corgis — a pembroke and a cardigan — that are cared for at the clinic. One dog has Addison’s disease, which requires regular injections.

“He loves going there because they give him treats when they give him his injections,” Fischer said.

“All the techs are wonderful. They make you feel welcome.

“[Owen] really, really cares about the animals, and she’s always done very, very well,” she added, noting that when one of her pets had to have a blood transfusion, Owen stayed all night with him at the clinic.

One of the most important aspects of the clinic, though, is working with the Monongalia County Canine Adoption Center and Animal Friends of North Central West Virginia, Owen said, to take in dogs and cats that need help and homes.

“We like to do our rescue. That’s one of my passions is to get puppies, kittens, adult dogs, geriatric dogs and cats into homes,” she said. “And then we do their preventative care and then hopefully get them to their forever homes.”

Having an updated space to care for all the animals that come through the doors at Hillcrest is important to that success, Pollock said.

“We’ve all got pets of our own,” Pollock said. “We know what it’s like, and because we’ve got a bigger, nicer building doesn’t mean that we don’t still have a small-town type of an atmosphere and bed-side manner about us.”

Location: 3083 Point Marion Road, Morgantown
Hours: 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, and 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday. Call for an appointment.
Phone: 304-292-6933