Banfield Pet Hospital will celebrate the grand opening of its newest location inside PetSmart on Middle Country Road in Nesconset on Feb. 25.
Banfield Pet Hospital and PetSmart are teaming up this Saturday to celebrate the hospital's grand opening by offering customers contests, giveaways, "Ask-the-Vet and tours of the hospital this Saturday from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. To give back to the community, Banfield has promised 20 percent of its opening weekend revenue will be donated to the Suffolk County SPCA.
"We're very excite that Banfield is now an ever greater part of the Lake Grove community and we look forward to assisting local pet owners in keeping pets healthy and happy," said Dr. Kristine Campanelli, lead veterinarian at the Lake Grove hospital, in a statement. "Banfield provides exceptional care for pets with a strong focus on preventive medicine."
Ashley Harris, Banfield's medical director for New York, said Banfield is a full-service animal hospital that can provide preventive treatment and dentistry up to surgery if necessary. It will be focused primarily on treatment for dogs and cats, but will work with PetSmart's vets to help serve exotic pets.
"One of our focuses is wellness care and preventive care," Harris said. "Preventative care is partnering with clients to keep their pets healthy year-round, whether its their first visit or later on when the dog is 7 or 8. Preventative care has multiple facets: Dentistry, nutrition counseling, infectious disease control, parasites and behaviour."
Banfield pet hospital offers their clients Optimum Wellness Plans, a comprehensive package that would Lake Grove pet owners unlimited free office visits and physical exams, comprehensive exams by a licensed physician, vaccines, early screening for serious illnesses, and drop-off appointments.
"Pets and clients on the Wellness Plan can come in any time at no extra charge, they can come in and see the veterinarian when they feel something is wrong. It offers a lot of peace-of-mind for clients," Harris said. "One of the huge barriers to pet care is fear of veterinary office fees."
Campanelli will start as the sole veterinarian at the Nesconset pet hospital. Ashely Harris, Banfield's medical director for New York, said the hospital will looking to hire more staff as it gets up and running.
Banfield claims that is has become the larger general veterinary practice in the work with more than 800 hospitals and more than 2,400 veterinarians across the world.