Tanglefoot Veterinary Services announced their plans to open a clinic in Fernie this upcoming summer.
Dr. Greg Andrews, business manager for Tanglefoot, says they noticed a need for veterinarian service in Fernie.
“We certainly recognize that there was a need for that and there is a lot of extra effort that people were going through to get here, to both clinics in Cranbrook,” said Andrews. “We just thought it would be a good way to serve them better than we are right now.”
The clinic will service household pets, with the hope of extending to equine services.
“We are currently offering equine services to the Fernie area every three to four week. We hope to be able to extend that to doing that more often with one of our equine veterinarians. That has started now and will continue and hopefully we plan to increase the frequency for that as demand rises,” said Andrews. “The new clinic in Fernie, the person there will be a small animal orientated individual.”
Andrews says his team is currently recruiting to staff the new clinic.
“We’ve already had offers to work there from both technicians and veterinarians, we feel that we will be able to attract and experienced veterinarian because Fernie is a nice place to live.”
At this point, Andrews says they are not disclosing details of their plans, such as the location or their start date, but maintains that they want to start operations “as soon as possible.”
“We are not going to say a start date because renovations are unpredictable but we want to start as soon as possible, no question about that.”