Pet owners in the Ocean View area have traditionally had to drive to either Dagsboro or Berlin, Md., to visit a veterinarian, but not anymore. On Aug. 4, the Ocean View Veterinary Hospital will open its doors. Located at 118 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 101, next to Lord Baltimore Elementary School, its hours of operation will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Veterinarian Jennifer Lesser Brunori, the doctor at the new practice, grew up in Salisbury, Md. She previously worked at Berlin Animal Hospital, but decided to open a hospital in Ocean View, she said, “because of the huge need that the community has for it.”
A graduate of Virginia Tech’s veterinary program, Brunori has practiced for eight years.
“It’s been my inclination to be a vet my entire life,” she said. “I’ve always been drawn to animals, and to fixing them and healing them, and my natural tendency is toward medicine.”
An avid animal lover herself, Brunori owes one dog, two cats, a lizard and fish. She’s also the mother to three children.
The 3,500-square-foot facility on Atlantic Avenue will have two very large exam rooms, a staff of four and Brunori as the practicing vet. A full-service surgery hospital, it will be able to provide not only regular exams but also X-rays, surgery and even dentistry for pets.
Care at the hospital will focus on small animals Brumori said — in particular, dogs and cats, but also the occasional rabbit or hamster. No matter what kind of small pets area residents have, Brunori is determined to have her hospital deliver the best care for them.
“I wanted to deliver high quality of care under my own terms… to be able to provide the highest quality of surgery and medicine, and purchase the products and equipment that I wanted,” she explained of her move to strike out on her own and open her own practice.
Brunori said the hospital’s goal is “to provide the best care to the community’s pets at every life stage. We want to tailor our care to everyone’s own situation and need… complete client care.”
She invited visitors to take a tour of the facility so that they can be totally comfortable with taking their pets there for treatment. Brunori said she believes that seeing the facility and how it’s run will help pets and their owners be at ease in her hospital.
“We want it to be a warm, welcoming atmosphere for clients to come in and discuss whatever they want to discuss; for it to be a nice, open place for the animals to come in, and to keep the scary-factor pretty low.”
For more information about the Ocean View Veterinary Hospital, or to schedule a tour or appointment for a pet, call (302) 539-2273.