Ultra-modern vet clinic coming to Minden
|By Lisa Gervais - Editor | July 6, 2018|
Minden is getting a new, state-of-the-art, veterinary clinic.It was revealed at last week’s council meeting that Dr. Jenn Morrow, of Minden Animal Hospital, has purchased a lot at 8 Booth St. for development.
Her father, Paul MacInnes, spoke at the June 28 meeting since Dr. Morrow was in surgery at her rented clinic at 9 Bobcaygeon Rd. He was accompanied by Ben Jardine, of Greystone Project Management in Huntsville, which is constructing the building. MacInnes termed it “an incredibly good news story” in introducing councillors and staff to the project, while Jardine promised “a prominent new facility.”
MacInnes said the building is being designed by Artistree Construction of Vaughan, which specializes in vet clinics. Its portfolio includes the Lakeshore Road Animal Hospital, the Taunton Road Hospital, one in York Mills and the Algonquin College Animal Health Care Facility. He said it will have digital X-ray technology so images can be sent immediately over the internet to Guelph for consultations if needed.
It will also allow for leading-edge surgery, including dentistry, and pharmacy needs. Jardine said it’ll be on one level, which makes it accessible, and designed to meet the current and long-term needs of clients. He added said there’ll be significant investment in green building materials and energy-efficient technologies. MacInnes added it may be the first county building to use permeable paving.
This allows storm water runoff to filter through voids in the pavement into an underlying stone reservoir, where it is temporarily stored and/or infiltrated.
MacInnes added the interior design is being done by Shawn Smandych of Sassy Digs. They hope to begin work in the fall and open in May 2019 or sooner. They basically came to council to introduce the project and will be filing paperwork with the township in the very near future. MacInnes talked about the history of the clinic, saying Dr. Morrow had turned it around in the three years she’s owned it.
He said it’s now one of the fastest growing vet clinics in all of Ontario. They have two full-time veterinarians and Dr. Morrow is looking for a third. There are also fulltime staff positions to support the vets. For example, MacInnes said Cassidy Garbutt had just joined the team after successfully graduating as a vet technician. While the business is growing, he said the current location is limiting.
Mayor Brent Devolin said it was “exciting news to see things happening in our community that are leading edge. We’ll watch and learn. I can hardly wait.” Coun. Pam Sayne, who heads the Climate Change Action Committee, said she was really excited about the green aspects. “Thank you for choosing Minden for this very progressive, showcase building.”
While supportive of the project, Coun. Jean Neville did express concern about an out-of-town builder again getting a major Haliburton County job. In Minden alone, Greystone has built the new fire hall, County EMS station and a condominium in recent years. Jardine said the company does employ four to five people from Minden Hills. He added there would be “tremendous opportunity for the local community in the provision of materials, skilled labour and speciality subcontracts.”
LISA GERVAIS is the editor for The Highlander.