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Latest News at Village Center Vet

Our Leadership and AAHA

Patty and Dr. Pierce
Patty Olney and Dr. Pierce

Pictured here is VCVC’s owner Dr. Pierce and our newly promoted Practice Manager, Patty Olney. This pair have put in an incredible amount of work to get us ready for our AAHA evaluation. We (the VCVC team) could not be more thankful for their leadership during this entire process. Dr. Pierce and Patty have worked together for the last 9 years, and it really shows in how they understand each other, even without speaking. Talking for the entire team, it is true when we state we could not achieve such excellence without this duo leading the hospital.

This is no small task, achieving the greatness that comes along with becoming AAHA accredited. VCVC wants nothing more than to give our customers the excellence they deserve and the comfort of knowing we have the highest standards of veterinary medicine. The AAHA Standards of Accreditation, viewed as the standard of veterinary excellence, contain more than 900 individual standards, divided into 19 sections. These areas of focus include: patient care and pain management, surgery, pharmacy, laboratory, exam facilities, medical records, cleanliness, emergency services, dental care, diagnostic imaging, anesthesiology and continuing education.

Only the top small animal hospitals in the United States and Canada have achieved accreditation by the Association and we are striving to be a part of this state of the art category.

For more information about accreditation and what this means for you and your pet, visit AAHA’s website at www.healthypet.com

As stated before in our post titled “Gearing up for AAHA”, this entire process is so important to the staff here at VCVC. In that post, Patty Olney could not state it better that "We accept the challenge...". We absolutely have taken this evaluation into every part of the care we provide to our clients and patients. The challenge has been accepted, and we are ready to show the accreditation team exactly how passionate we are. Stay tuned for updates!

National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

The National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week is November 5 - 11, 2017. Considering the coming week, we would like to share some local rescues we work with here at Village Center Veterinary Care and how you can get involved with these organizations.

Many of our clients have come to us after a strong referral from rescues. Generally, they recommend us for their initial screening, spays/neuters, and wellness exams. Some of these clients have even stayed with us despite traveling for almost an hour, and we could not be more grateful for this.

We have all had our heart strings pulled at the ASPCA commercials with Sarah Mclachlan, showing the helpless animals prior to being rescued. The ASPCA is a wonderful organization with a worldwide reach, but even with their efforts there are still some homeless, hurt, and sick pets. Some are even being transferred to Colorado from other states seeking assistance from overpopulation. You may have wondered “What can I do?” or “How can I help?”. Working with the rescues on fundraising is a great start. Another option is to see if you can become an approved foster and help house some of these helpless pets. A major part of rescues is having the volunteers readily available to host adoptable dogs until they can find their forever home. Sometimes it is not the right time for you to own or adopt a pet, but there are many ways you can help still.

In addition to fostering, volunteering, and adopting from rescues, you can always consider monetary donations. The money donated goes directly into the rescue missions, transport expeditions, medical treatments, and supplies needed to support efficient buildings or the use of local, non-profit fosters. There is always a need for help as many of the rescue’s come to these organizations on the brink of death and they (the rescue) will do everything possible to give these animals life again. Many have accredited veterinarians, established policies, and take on critical animals to save them from homelessness. The following are just a few of the many local shelters that one can donate to, but all are ones we have been long established with.

2 Blondes All Breed Rescue (2BABR)

VCVC has been working with 2BABR since shortly after we opened in March 2015. 2BABR is based out of Castle Rock, Colorado. Their adoptable pets are all housed with fosters where they are cared for like family until they find their forever home. If you would like to donate they have a place on their website, under “Our Adoption Process”. Here is link for convenience: https://www.2babrescue.com/our-adoption-process

Second Chance

Dr. Pierce and her staff has personally worked alongside Second Chance Rescue for many years, beginning prior to the opening Village Center Veterinary Care in 2015. Second Chance is based out of Lamar, Colorado. If you would like to Donate to this rescue you can go to their Facebook page and select the “Donate” tab in the right hand column. Also, here is a link to that direct page: https://www.facebook.com/SecondChanceARF/app/190322544333196/

Ferret Dreams

Dr. Pierce has also worked with another organization called Ferret Dreams for the last 7 years, prior to opening Village Center Veterinary Care in 2015. This organization is based out of Denver and has helped more than 1,000 Ferrets since the year 2005, as stated on their website: http://www.ferretdreams.org/

If you would like to donate to this exotic rescue, they have a link on their page under “Help Us Help Ferrets”. You can then choose to help with the building they have for this rescue or put the money towards the medical funding.

You can also look to our resources tab to find links to these rescues and for more information of some other recommended organizations. Thank you for all the support shown towards animal shelters, who we could not be more appreciative of their hard work saving so many helpless pets.

Refer a friend, both get 10!

Here at Village Center Veterinary Care we are finally launching our referral program! Starting in October 2017 you may “Refer a friend and both get 10.” What this entails is that if you are an existing client that so graciously refers another client to us, you will get a $10 credit applied to your account. Then, for our new client’s, they will get 10% off their first visit with us here at VCVC!

We have been so lucky with our amazing and loyal clients that we want to reward everyone for their time and dedication to our clinic. Thank you, and feel free to call the clinic with any inquiries you have about this new program.

National Veterinary Technician Week

National Veterinary Technician Week is October 15-21, 2017. Veterinary Technicians are essential to a clinic's success. In some ways, technicians are the heart of the hospital. Clients do not always see them (or talk to them) except for a few moments out of the day, but they are involved with almost every aspect of their pet's care.

Being a Certified Technician means that they went above and beyond in their education to achieve their accreditation. In our hospital we have two working CVT's (Certified Veterinary Technicians), Noel Ochoa and Makayla Rivero. Noel was thoroughly trained at Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in which he graduated and obtained his certification in 2010. Makayla Rivero, our other CVT, obtained her degree and training thorough a challenging program with Pima Medical Institute, Colorado Springs and has been accredited since early 2017.

Noel and Makala, Veterinary Technicians
Makayla and Noel, Certified Veterinary Technicians

Dr. Pierce's job would be impossible without the help from our talented veterinary technicians that we have in our hospital. She relies on their ability to communicate with clients, run diagnostics, assist in surgeries, take care of medical equipment, administer medications, and often times to spend the extra time and effort keeping her patients feeling comfortable, safe, and loved here at VCVC. Some would say that technicians have a more demanding job than any other in the hospital. From the moment they walk through the door, our CVT's know what needs to be done, how it needs to be done, and are always waiting readily to assist Dr. Pierce in every way.

To get a better idea of the exhausting work our CVT's do every day, here is a snippet from an article on PetMD about the importance of one DVM's technician's; "Veterinary technology is a physically and technically demanding field that is emotionally charged and poorly financially rewarded. It’s rare to see veterinary technicians who still work the “trenches” over the age of 35. Pay rates are low, and hours are long and often entail nights, weekends, and holidays. Those who do the work are certainly not in it for the money or the glamour."

You can read the rest of this article here: http://www.petmd.com/blogs/thedailyvet/drjintile/2015/june/behind-every-good-veterinarian-even-better-veterinary-technici

Even with that statement clear as day - we know our technicians are here for a greater purpose then the glamour of working with puppies "all day long". We know and can confidently state that our technicians are two of the most selfless people to have on our team (with Dr. Pierce, of course, holding a strong tie in the selfless category).

We are grateful to have Noel and Makayla working here at Village Center Veterinary Care, with being some of the most talented and compassionate certified veterinary technicians that the field has to offer.

ext time you see either of them, please help us show our appreciation for everything they do by simply saying "Thank You."

Gearing up for AAHA!

Village Center Veterinary Care is about to have our accredidation meeting with the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) to officially be marked as a top-quality hospital. It has been an amazing team effort pulling together to meet all of the requirments for this accredidation. We will announce early December what that status will be for Village Center Veterinary Care. Dr. Pierce and our certified technician's have worked tirelessly at making sure the hospital is in top-notch shape for the accredidation commity. Please, we welcome everyone to look into AAHA and what it means to be an AAHA Hospital.

About AAHA:

"The American Animal Hospital Association is the only organization to accredit companion veterinary hospitals. Our accredited hospitals hold themselves to a higher standard. Pets are their passion, and keeping them healthy is their #1 priority. They strive to deliver excellent care for pets. Why? Because pets deserve nothing less."

You can read more about AAHA here: https://www.aaha.org/

What getting accredited means to some of our staff:

"The reason I want to become AAHA accredited is so that it assures us, and our clients, that we are adhereing to the highest standards of veterinary care availble in the profession today."
- Dr. Anne Pierce, DVM

"Becoming AAHA accredited means that I know the public will be aware my hospital is meeting the ultimate standard of veterinary excellence"
- Bethany Moone, Certified Veterinary Assistant

"...because we feel that our pets are important part of the family and if accreditation is required for human hospitals, then it is just as important for veterinary hospitals"
- Taylor McKibben, Receptionist

"To me, being AAHA accredited means we, as a team and individual's, hold ourselves to the highest of standards for the care we provide our patients. We really care about the pets we see and we want them to be healthy and happy."
- Noel Ochoa, Certified Veterinary Technician

"AAHA accreditation is important because it demonstrates a veterinary practice is willing to go above and beyond basic standards for their clients."
- Missi Everard, Certified Veterinary Technician and Receptionist

"We accept the challenge of the straingent quality standards of AAHA, beause we want to share in our clients passion for quality health care."
- Patty Olney, Practice Manager

"This practice becoming AAHA accredited means so much to me because it portrays that we hold ourselves to the highest of standards with the ultimate goal of providing the best care possible for our patients."
- Makayla Rivero, Certified Veterinary Technician

"We strive to provide the best, most advanced care for our patients, and we hold ourselves to the highest standards."
- Zack Hampson, Receptionist