Family Veterinary Clinic’s New Home is Now Open!
Crofton, Gambrills and Bowie, thank you for allowing us to serve you for twenty seven years. In that time we have been known as the vet clinic “in the house”, now it is our pleasure to introduce our new home. After much consideration for your ideas and concerns we believe that our new home will mix all of the “feel” that you have come to expect with all of the technology your loved ones deserve. The pictures say it all, a state of the art facility wrapped in the arms of a home. Enjoy!
At Family Veterinary Clinic, we take surgery very seriously. Our veterinarians have thirty years combined experience, fifteen serving the Crofton, Gambrills and Bowie areas. Both have extensive knowledge and skill in spays, neuters, cesarean section, cystotomy, exploratory laparotomy, resection and anastomosis, minor reconstruction, digit amputation, mass removals, tail docking/declawing, and eye surgeries. In addition to our primary veterinarians we also employ the services of Dr. Marilyn Kostolich a, Board Certified, surgeon who performs many other more complex surgeries e.g. ACL repairs. All of these surgeries are performed in our “state of the art” facility, outfitted with the latest surgical equipment.
Anyone considering having surgery performed on their loved one is faced with a daunting amount of information. Whether it comes from their veterinarian, an online source or friends who have had similar procedures, it can be confusing and sometimes even scary. The following are just a few guidelines when considering having a procedure done.
There are plenty of resources to familiarize you with the procedure prior to having it performed. Ask your veterinarian to explain what they will be doing. They should be willing to go over it in as much detail as you like. Go to reputable web-sites, such as ones sponsored by universities. (Click Here)
Like their human counterparts, veterinarians have become specialized, from general practitioners that you see every year to specialists that only work in one area. Just as with human medicine, it is important to get the right doctor and although most veterinarians are capable of performing surgeries such as spays and neuters it is a good idea to have a ”Board Certified Surgeon” perform more complicated ones such as orthopedic repairs. (What is a Board Certified Surgeon?)
This old proverb could be expanded to say, “A clean, well equipped and maintained surgery is next to godliness”. When general anesthesia is administered every measure should be taken, both pre and post operative, to increase the chances of a positive outcome. Most of the surgeries performed by your veterinarian call for general anesthesia. As is with the human medical field, there are standards and practices used to promote success. The veterinary field has adopted most of these standards, look for these when making your selection.
Family Veterinary Clinic was established in 1982 by Dr. Linda DeChambeau and Dr. Seth Koch.
FVC derived its name from the fact that it was attached to their home and was very much a part of the family life of the founders. This was transferred into the spirit in which the clinic was operated, as a place where people and their pets would feel at home, a place that reflected a view of the larger family of humans and animals.
As the pace of technological development began to accelerate, it became important to maintain a personal touch and outreach in veterinary medical care. Therefore, emphasis was placed on reaching out to pet owners, to not only care for their pets, but also to inform and educate them, with the goal of becoming partners with them in their pets’ health.
In May 2002, Dr. Kristin Varner and her husband, Patrick Maslar, took over Family Veterinary Clinic from the founders. The name of the clinic was retained as it reflected values that the new owners wished to continue and promote.
We are happy to announce that deconstruction, of the old clinic, has started. After much consideration, we decided to donate the entire structure to two local entities, Second Chance of Baltimore and The Anne Arundel Volunteer Fire Department. Second Chance is a non-profit deconstruction and material retailer located near M&T Stadium in Baltimore Maryland. Their mantra is Retrain Reclaim and Renew. In the process of completely deconstructing and salvaging materials, from the building they provide career training to people who need a “Second Chance”.
Second Chance started their “skim” on Thursday the 6th. This is the preliminary removal of all salvageable goods, fixtures and finishes. After three days, they were ready to proceed with the first phase of complete deconstruction; they completely removed the left side. Next, it was the fire departments turn, for a day of training.
On February 13th, The Anne Arundel Volunteer Fire Department completed a day of hands on training. Smoke drills combined with search and rescue scenarios and ventilation techniques gave the department some rare “real-life” training. Finally, Second Chance took the stage again to complete their deconstruction of the remaining building.
It seems fitting that the “old” Family Veterinary Clinic, known for its intimacy and character and filled with memories, will not go to a landfill but instead will continue to enrich the lives of people, through training and maybe even a piece of her will show up under paws again.