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A groundbreaking was held April 11 for an expansion at Owen’s Ark Veterinary Clinic, Genoa.

Crews went right to work.

The practice opened as Village Veterinary Clinic in 1979 by Dr. Anthony Matthews, who ran the business until 2008, when Dr. Kelly M. Riedeman purchased it and changed the name to Owen's Ark Veterinary Clinic LLC.

Dr. Matthews continued to work at the clinic part-time for six years, when he decided to fully retire and enjoy more time with his family.
“Since 2008, we have grown our small animal clinic into a three-doctor practice, and starting in 2016, we added large animals (farm animals and horses) to the mix,” Dr. Riedeman said.

Over the last four years, it became apparent that the clinic had outgrown the current building, which has two exam rooms, a surgery room, a treatment room that serves as a patient treatment area, a lab and dentistry area, and one 10 x 10 office that the three doctors share.
“Our practice manager, Michelle Hofelich, uses an old table in the storage room for her office,” Dr. Riedeman said. “Our technicians see various appointments throughout the day – because the exam rooms are usually filled with doctor appointments, the techs have to take the pets to the back of the clinic away from their owners to do the treatments (laser treatments, blood draws, nail trims, etc.).

“This is not how I like to run my business,” she said. “I want the owners to be involved and see the care that their pet is getting, but we just do not have the space for that in this building.”

The new building will have seven exam rooms for small animals as well as two stalls for large, farm animals. The first floor will have dedicated dentistry, surgery, ICU, radiology, isolation, large-animal procedure and stalls, a break room, cat ward, dog ward and lab areas, as well as an office for the practice manager. The second floor will house doctor’s offices and storage.

“We are keeping the existing building, which looks like a small farmhouse, so we decided what better than a typical Midwest gambrel roofline red barn to go with the existing white house,” she said.

Owens Ark expansion for web
From left: Luke Sutter, Justin Moore (Genoa Bank Commercial Lending officers); Fred Kusian (Fred Kusian and Asso-
ciates, general contractor); associate veterinarian Dr. Jody Ehrmin; veterinarian and clinic owner Dr. Kelly Riedeman;
Steve Munoz (Dr. Riedeman’s husband); associate veterinarian Dr. Chelsea Nissen and Owen’s Ark client Mitch Hoyles.
(Submitted photo.)

Construction is projected to be finished near the end of the year.

Dr. Riedeman credited the clinic’s “wonderful clients” and caring staff for Owen’s Ark’s continued growth.

“We love what we do, and we love and treat our patients as if they were our own furry family members,” she said. “We have great relationships with our clients. Anna, our receptionist says, ‘You walk in as a client and walk out as family.’

Clients also appreciate the fear-free concepts that Owen’s Ark employs, to help change the way animals react to coming to the vet.
“While it doesn't work for every pet, the majority of our patients love coming to see us and getting filled up on treats and belly or ear scratches,” Dr. Riedeman said.

 

 

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