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Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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Latest News at Village Center Vet

Dental Care Products

     Village Center Veterinary Care is happy to state that we are officially going to carry dental products for our clients. Dental care is something that many of our staff is passionate about and we are excited to have this inventory. The company we have chosen for our chews is Tartar Shield. This company has done many studies for their products and we feel confident about using them for Dogs, Cats, and Ferrets alike. The Soft Rawhide Chews were proven to reduce up to %54 of tartar formation after 1 month of use in dogs! The cat treats (used for ferrets as well) was proven to reduce up to %42 of plaque formation as well! Please, ask to speak to a technician to learn more about these studies. We will also be carrying toothbrush/toothpaste options for our furry clients. We have chosen to carry C.E.T. brand for both these products as we have personally enjoyed them and have had great reviews previously.

“For more than 2 decades the mission of Tartar Shield Pet Products has been the development of practical measures to improve the dental health of companion animals. The need for measures or products to prevent dental plaque, tartar, gingivitis and periodontal disease in dogs and cats has been recognized for many years. Based upon extensive research experiences in preventive dentistry at the Indiana University School of Dentistry, a research program was initiated to address these problems”.

Tartar Shield Soft Rawhide Chews were awarded the coveted Veterinary Oral Health Council’s (VOHC) Seal of Acceptance for Tartar Control.

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     Dental Care is something to not take lightly in the health of our furry loved ones. A lot of times, to no one’s fault, clients will not realize how bad their pet’s teeth are until it is too late. “Too late” meaning their pet will end up needing a full mouth extraction at the age of 10, with a lump sum of money going towards it, when preventative dental care could have lessened the outcome. By establishing regular dental routines with your pet, you will greatly reduce the chance of catastrophic dental development over years and years of plaque buildup. Please, feel free to ask us about these rawhide chews, cat/ferret treats, sprinkles (yes, bacon flavored sprinkles that are GOOD for your pet), toothbrushes and toothpaste kits, and how they can better your pets dental health.

     Tartar shield spent many years perfecting their product with one thing at the forefront of their developments – your pets. These rawhides are made in such a way that they can break apart and give in to your pet’s teeth much easier than a traditional raw hide. While your pet is gnawing away at these chews, every part or their tooth is being appropriately scraped by the intricate design within the rawhide structure. The tiny scraping motion of tooth-to-chew breaks off plaque and prevents the formation of any more plaque. Not only that, but these chews are deconstructed in a way that if a pet were to swallow them whole, their natural stomach acids will have no problem dissolving the chew. We also appreciate the texture, flavor (BACON!), and the proven results that have come from these chews.

Lastly, for all our American-Made clients – Yes, these are made right here in the U.S.A.

Dental Inventory

Staying active in the winter months

Here at VCVC we are fully understanding of how hard it is to get outside in the winter, as well as how it feels to get cabin fever in the colder Colorado months. It is still important to find a way to exercise your pets during this season and even more important to keep their minds entertained. Even though it is adorable to see our beloved pets gain a couple chunky pounds in the winter, the best health is kept by steady exercise and mental stimulation. In a couple seconds, you will read all about our suggestions for this winter and the winters to come.

Now, as you are out and about, or snuggled up in the house, please take a moment to text us with any needs or concerns. Yes, you read that right, TEXT us. We have launched a texting program with our hospital, which you can now tell us your preferred method of communication (call, text, email… etc). The application is through ZipWhip, in which there is no extra charge to use this program. We are excited about this change and hope it brings better communication for all our clients. Now, enjoy these tips for the winter months, compiled by the team here at VCVC.

  1. Buy an indoor puzzle game that the pup must work for the food. The holidays (or just the busy colder months) normally mean people do not have time to fit in that extra activity time with their animal. Good news - local pet stores are always carrying treat dispensers that require your pet to work for the treat. This can keep your pet entertained for hours! For a little added inspiration, try smearing some peanut butter in the center of the toys or for our feline friends – some cat nip! If you cannot find these toys or want a more frugal indoor activity, try playing hide and seek with some yummy treats. Our little four-legged loves will enjoy the challenge of sniffing out treats all over the house and they will be exercising their cognitive thinking skills at the same time. Not only that, but this is a great bonding experience and a fun game to play with your animals, even cats will enjoy a little hide and seek!
  2. Plan a hike. Colorado is infamous for giving us random heat waves in the winter. Try planning ahead and watching the weather for an opportunity to get outside. Many local pages will have the information about how well the trails are and the hot spots to go in the winter. Keep in mind that the higher you go in elevation – the more likely there is to still be a good amount of snow on the ground… and always – pack smart! Have your kiddo wear a hiking back pack filled with treats and snacks for the both of you.
  3. Take a class/join a club. Many people do not realize this, but there are clubs around Colorado that you can join that are centered around doing things with your pup. The MeetUp App, Facebook groups, and/or a simple google search can lead you to the direction of finding local dog groups to join. Many of these clubs even focus on a certain breed and their needs (agility, hiking, lower vs. higher elevation.. etc). There are also training classes and agility courses that run all year long. Enrolling your pet into these may be an efficient way to get some exercise in while staying warm and is a perfect time to bond with your pet over new activities.

Now, please enjoy some of these moments we have taken with our staff pets on some snowy days…


We are Accredited

Village Center Veterinary Care is very proud to announce that we are officially accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association! VCVC started the process in March of 2017, during which we made sure our entire clinic, from top to bottom, met the highest standards of AAHA. After an official AAHA inspection on November 22nd 2017, we are now proud AAHA members! Only 12-15 % of all veterinary practices in the United States and Canada are AAHA accredited and we are very excited to announce we are part of that percentage. Nearly 60 percent of pet owners believe their veterinary hospitals are accredited when they are not, and we are proud that our clients can now know we achieve high standards in all our work.

Who is 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.

American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) logo

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is the only exclusive companion animal veterinary association, serving nearly 50,000 individual veterinary providers, including veterinarians, technicians, managers, client service specialists, and others. We are also the only organization that accredits veterinary practices in the U.S. and Canada. During the Association's 80 years, its mission has remained the same: provide veterinary professionals with resources to effectively manage their businesses and deliver the best in companion animal care. AAHA is the leader in developing benchmarks of excellence, business practice standards, informative publications and educational programs designed to help companion animal practices thrive.

Learn more here about AAHA:

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

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:

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:

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:

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.