It’s a situation all pet owners hope they never have to deal with, but sometimes emergencies happen. And when they do, the only after hours emergency veterinary clinic is located in Niceville.
But soon, that won’t be the case.
A new emergency veterinary clinic is coming to Destin. The new extension of the emergency clinic in Niceville will be located on the corner of Main Street and Legion Drive in Destin. Katherine Young, the director of operations of the Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Okaloosa/Walton, said they made the decision to open another facility three years ago.
“The community needs it because it’s difficult for residents at the south end of the county to get to Niceville,” Young said
According to Young, the Niceville clinic is “busting at the seams” and they can’t build onto their current space.
“Sometimes, there’s four to five hour waits,” Young said. “Even if we hired more staff, we don’t have the space.”
The vet clinic purchased the new 2700-square foot building from another local veterinarian and went to work renovating.
“We looked right on the Okaloosa/Walton county line, but this is a really good location,” Young said about their new spot in Destin. “We kept some walls and the exam rooms, but basically re-did everything else.”
It may not look like much now, but once the drywall goes up this week, Young said they can really start putting everything together.
“I know exactly where everything should go in my head, it’s just a matter of getting it from my head to reality,” Young said.
The clinic will have state-of-the-art equipment, three exam rooms, an in-house laboratory and pharmacy, an X-ray room, kennels, an isolation unit, laundry, a surgical room, and two dog runs outside.
Young said they will have a minimum of three veterinarians on staff at the Destin location, who will all train under the vets at the Niceville clinic first.
“I work with some of the best people,” Young said. “Sometimes our staff works 10-plus hour shifts to make sure the animals are taken care of.”
On their website, the Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Okaloosa/Walton says “We treat every animal that walks through our doors as though it was our own,” and Young hopes this new clinic will help keep that statement a reality.
“We’re really excited to bring it to Destin,” said Young.
The emergency clinic is expected to open by January 2019 and will have the same hours as the Niceville location, 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays, from 6 p.m. Fridays to 8 a.m. Mondays and open 24 hours on major holidays.