I walked into the house to find a scene right out of any horror film.. .blood was all over the floor and upstairs carpet. I grabbed my dog and rushed her to the emergency vet. It’s good to know Roanoke has 24-hour veterinary care available. And now more people will be helped with the company’s expansion to a new building in the next couple of months.
Emergency Veterinary Services of Roanoke has operated out of its location at 4902 Frontage Road, N. W. for nearly two decades. Maureen Noftsinger, DVM is the CEO and says they’re moving a short distance to Peters Creek Road.
“We frequently have no parking and our cage space fills up frequently. The new building allows for more exam rooms, more parking and bigger lobby. In addition we want to expand our services to include specialists so will need more room.”
Noftsincer says it was a challenge finding a suitable space but an available building was closer than anyone knew.
5363 Peters Creek Road was formerly Mountain View Humane’s spay and neuter clinic.
“We were excited to find a place that already had a veterinary facility in it.”
“The other side of the building was used by a medical supply company. We have renovated that side and it is being leased by Family Preservation Services.”
To go with the new building, there will also be a name change to Emergency Veterinary & Specialty Services. Noftsinger says the name change will reflect the specialty services they provide.
“We are a passionate group of individuals that absolutely love what we are doing. We are excited about being able to care for more animals and to be able to expand our services. We recently started providing at-home euthanasia services. We work with an internal medicine specialist to provide better care for our critically ill patients and will be expanding to include other specialty services. We are so happy and proud to serve our community in this way.”
Noftsinger and her staff have many stories from their years at the present location. “During the Derecho (in 2012), we were without power and had to run a portable generator to keep the refrigerators going. Because of that situation, we have a generator now and can fully function in a disaster. Our staff always comes in when it snows or stays to try to avoid staff on the road. I have definitely spent many 24 hours at the clinic to avoid having people travel but making sure we are available for emergencies for our clients. “
***Fortunately for me, my dog had picked up a virus that a foster dog had brought to our home. Some fluids and medication and a few hours later, she started to perk up and was as good as new.