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Arlington Veterinary Hospital opens state-of-the-art facility

By KIRK BOXLEITNER
Arlington Times Reporter
February 28, 2014 · 2:50 AM
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Dr. Krystal Grant and her stuffed 'patient' show off the features of the Arlington Veterinary Hospital's 'wet' table on Feb. 22. / Kirk Boxleitner

ARLINGTON — Dr. Krystal Grant was inspired to open the Arlington Veterinary Hospital on Saturday, Feb. 22, by her lifelong love of animals, from growing up with horses to learning how much she appreciates all shapes and sizes of mammals through her nine years of veterinary practice.

Grant's offices, in Suite B at 7728 204th St. NE in Arlington, offer both a relaxing atmosphere, for animals and their owners alike, and state-of-the-art technology. She credited Trevor Gaskin, of Coast Construction in Arlington, with giving the front lobby and back workspaces a country feel and an organic flow.

"Animals don't like to feel trapped," Grant said. "There are lots of windows to let in natural light."

In addition to two standard examination rooms, with fold-up tables to provide enough space for Grant to look at larger animals, the Arlington Veterinary Hospital offers a grieving room, for people to say goodbye to animals that need to be euthanized, complete with its own exit, so that they don't have to return to the front lobby to leave.

The Arlington Veterinary Hospital offers both a pharmacy and a laboratory on site, so that the animals' owners don't have to wait to have their animals' medications filled or their blood work done, although Grant does still send out for blood tests, since she can receive the results within half an hour.

"Our front lobby has a different ventilation system from our back workspaces, so that certain smells don't circulate," Grant said. "We also have an isolation room, to prevent the spread of contagious diseases among the animals. The main ward has lots of visibility, with big windows, so that we can see the animals are safe, while dampening their noise."

Since Grant hopes to bring two other associates on board eventually, the treatment area is designed to be big enough for three doctors to work there at the same time.

"Our 'wet' table is where we handle dental work and cleaning," said Grant, who touted her high-speed drill and digital dental X-ray machines. "Our main surgery room has two anesthesia machines, plus an oxygen concentrator that eliminates the need for stored oxygen. And I have an old autoclave, because that works better to sterilize instruments."

Grant's removable-plate digital X-ray unit even allows her to take X-rays on house calls to family farms.

"We're here to provide the highest quality of care," Grant said.

For more information, call the Arlington Veterinary Hospital at 360-572-0345.

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