Owner Joe Roundy said he has worked at the current location, situated at 1182 N. 80 East in Tooele, for 27 years, and that the small building has served as a veterinary clinic since the early 1970s. He said the growth of both the county and the clinic's customer base has called for a larger, more modernized veterinary facility.
"Tooele County is underserved and continuously growing, especially the Stansbury Park area," Roundy said. "A newer and bigger building with more services will help us keep up with the growing demand of people whose animals need veterinary attention."
The new building will be approximately 6,500 square feet and close to the Stansbury Park University Health Community Clinic, which includes other medical facilities such as the Stansbury Health Center, Moran Eye Center and University Pharmacy. Roundy, who has owned the land for two years, applied for a conditional use permit two months ago and finally received it from the County just last week.
"The bank has given us the 'go-ahead,' and we're hoping we can start digging in the next 90 days," Roundy said. "The building will be designed and constructed by BDA Architecture, which is a firm in Albuquerque, N.M., that designs vet clinics all over the world, and we signed a contract with them back in October. They will send someone out as general manager to the site, and we should be done with the building and ready to move in by May of next year."
Roundy said he is looking at the new facility to include five or six exam rooms, two dental stations, a number of surgery rooms with two surgery tables each, an employee lounge, a boarding and grooming area, an exercise yard, and a "doggy park" outside.
"It would be fun to have a 'doggy park' where people can turn their dogs loose to run through tubes and climb steps and things like that," he said. "We'll also have more technology at this facility, with possibly some digital x-rays, dental x-rays and an endoscopy center. The new building will also be three times bigger than the old one we are in now."
Although his current clinic works with both large and small animals, Roundy said the new clinic will most likely focus solely on small animals. He said the current clinic usually does 70 percent of its work with small animals such as cats, dogs and rabbits, 20 to 25 percent with horses, and 5 percent with cattle.
Roundy also said that rats, gerbils, snakes, iguanas, sheep, goats, llamas, pigs, and even lions and tigers have been taken in for help by the clinic during the time he has been there.
After the new Tooele Veterinary Clinic is up and running, Roundy would like to keep the old one running with additional veterinarians. He said the new clinic will likely start up with himself and two other veterinarians, but that more will be added as the county continues to grow.
"At the new building it will probably be me, Dr. Gretchen Glose, who also works at the clinic now, and my son Ryan, who will be graduating from veterinary school at the University of Missouri," he said. "We would like to hire one vet every five years, but depending on how fast we're growing, we may need more veterinarians at the new clinic right away. I also see myself working with large animals at the older clinic as well."
Roundy said further growth in the Stansbury Park community will also serve as a boost for the new clinic's business.
"We'll be right by the Woodbury development behind the Maverik gas station, which is expected to include a grocery store and other retail developments built in the near future," he said. "We're excited to see the whole Stansbury Park area boom even further with more retail offices and homes, and we hope this building will last us for the next 40 or 50 years."