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A New Place for Pets

by NICK WILSON
Crawfordsville Family Vet, located at 1834 S. U.S. 231, is owned by Family Vet Group. The company purchased and merged the former Sugar Creek Animal Hospital and Crawfordsville Vet Clinic, with efforts to maintain staff and keep costs familiar.

The merging of two Montgomery County veterinary offices has led to one state-of-the-art facility on the city’s south side.

Crawfordsville Family Vet, a pairing of Sugar Creek Animal Hospital and Crawfordsville Vet Clinic by new owner Family Vet Group, opened its doors just before Christmas on Dec. 21 last year. Operations have largely maintained familiar services and staff, expanding both, currently employing 24 while looking to add more.

“We have six doctors and we have eight exam rooms. We have a 5,500-square-foot facility. We’re a small, family-owned business. We’re very excited,” Practice Manager Dareth Stonebraker said. “The community has been great and very welcoming. Everybody comes in and is in awe of the facility.”

In just over a month’s time, Stonebraker and her staff have expanded critical services for dogs, cats and even some exotic animals. While spay and neuter services are routine, other less common procedures include Cesarean deliveries, dental work and complex surgeries.

“Those are the fun days when you have a C-section. It’s all hands on deck at that point,” Stonebraker said. “Dr. (Tom) Martin and Dr. (Sharon) Keedy are still with us, and they have no plans of retiring anytime soon. That’s an everyday question. They’ve both been in the industry and in this community for a long time.”

The Crawfordsville office specializes in small animal wellness, though the group also operates branches at locations in Texas, Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee. The first hospital for the Family Vet Group originated in Indianapolis, making the Hoosier state a familiar area.

The staff is hoping to host an open house in the spring, Stonebraker said.

“Everybody can come in and take a tour, and hopefully
have some fun activities for2everyone in the family,” she said.

As with all businesses, Crawfordsville Family Vet has seen its challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite any setbacks or delays in construction, Stonebraker says business is good.

“(The group looks) for doctors who are looking to sell, to retire, things like that, and we acquire the hospitals,” Stonebraker said. “They go in and make them better without changing a lot of things. We don’t like the corporate stigma.”

Dental work is another highlight of the facility — a strange sight for some visitors.

“We have two tables designated for dentistry, which people think are weird. A lot of people don’t even know you do dentistry on animals,” Stonebraker said.

The facility is designed with social distancing in mind, albeit a different type.

“We have cat-side waiting and cat exam rooms, and dog-side waiting and dog exam rooms to kind of reduce the stress on both species,” she said.

Other capabilities at the facility include a pharmacy, treatment areas, operating rooms, dental suites and an isolation ward to house animals with communicable diseases.

And there is another feature to provide pet owners in need a chance for life-saving help in the face of financial stress. The ongoing Angel Fund donation box always greet visitors at the front desk. The Betty White Challenge following the death of the famous actress also raised funds for those in need.

“We try to work with them as much as possible, and we have other options like tiered credit and Scratchpay ... but we like to have this as a resource as well,” Stonebraker said.

The clinic is located at 1834 S. U.S. 231 in Crawfordsville. It is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

For more information, call 765-362-4100 or visit www.crawfordsvillefamilyvet.com

https://www.journalreview.com/stories/a-new-place-for-pets,181487
February 1, 2022

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