The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 30, 2008

Carlisle Animal Hospital closing after 40 years

Carlisle Animal Hospital, the town’s only veterinary clinic, is closing its doors as of June 6, according to interim manager Karen LaPierre. The business is owned by VCA Antech Inc., which has over 400 animal hospitals nationwide. Regional Manager Ray Heidenheim said that reasons for the closure included the economy and a “great difficulty in hiring doctors” and providing continuity of care. He said the company was “no longer able to support that location as we could and should.”

When at full strength, the Carlisle branch employed 1.5 veterinarians, a receptionist, a manager and two technicians. Dr. Melissa Sargent, who worked at the practice since 2004, left this spring. Heidenheim said that customer records will be transferred to Countryside Veterinary Hospital in Westford.

The buildings at 998 Bedford Road have been leased from Dr. Peter Morey, who founded the animal hospital in 1968 and operated it prior to his retirement. He sold the business in November of 2003 to Healthy Pet Corporation. In June of 2007 Healthy Pet became a subsidiary of VCA Antech of Los Angeles, California. According to Heidenheim, their lease will expire within a few months. He does not know what will be done with the property after that. ∆

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