Thomasville Veterinary Hospital builds new facility
When veterinarian Karl Milliren moved Thomasville Veterinary Hospital in 1982 to its current location at 303 National Highway, he figured the business would never outgrow its building.
But he learned that residents of Thomasville were faithful and trusted him in caring for their pets. Milliren was soon remodeling and has expanded the current residence three times. With no more room for a fourth expansion and a great need for additional space growing, he was left with no choice but to find somewhere to move.
Several years ago he purchased land at the corner of National Highway and Brookdale Drive. When the economy became soft, Milliren had to delay construction at the new site. But with the economy making an upward swing in recent months, he felt the time was now for building to commence.
“We were very fortunate that we happened to know the bank individual that handled the property for the bank that was here,” said Milliren, while on site to see construction first-hand Thursday morning. “I approached them before they ever put it up for sale and we bought it.”
The new facility is expected to be open in December and will provide Thomasville Veterinary Hospital with a much larger campus. Milliren additionally owns the Thomasville Pet Center adjacent to the new property, which will be incorporated into the new construction.
“We are really anxious to get in,” Milliren said. “The building is going to be about 2.5 million dollars and it will be twice as big as what we had before. We shouldn't outgrow that.”
Amenities at the new hospital will include a rehabilitation department, two separate suites for orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries, luxury boarding suites, cat condos, a dental suite, bark park, emergency care, grooming and many other services to care for the animals.
There should also be plenty of parking. During the busiest hours of the day, finding a space in the tight and small parking lot at the current location could be quite frustrating.
“We are very excited,” said Milliren. “Since we moved to Thomasville in 1980, this community has been very receptive. We've grown from a one doctor practice to a seven doctor practice. With the new building we should be able to better serve.”