CVETS, a 24-hour emergency veterinary hospital, has opened on Oakcrest Drive, just off the Trenholm Road extension in northeast Columbia.
The animal hospital, headed by the husband-and-wife team of Michael and Tracy Schlicksup, opened May 4 with a team of three veterinarians, a radiologist and a specialist in internal medicine. Michael Schlicksup is a surgical specialist while Tracy Schlicksup specializes in emergency medicine.
The Schlicksups have created a full-service hospital with equipment and resources that range from ultrasound to oncology and chemotherapy. The building is state of the art with a paperless system that allows the doctors and staff to track patients' vitals — and office wait times — on touchscreen monitors.
Other highlights include:
▪ Textured flooring in some of the exam rooms and connected outdoor runs that enable doctors to more easily observe an animal's gait when dealing with issues of mobility.
▪ An isolation ward with a dedicated ventilation system where animals with suspected or diagnosed infectious diseases can be treated apart from other patients.
▪ Certification as a fear-free zone for cats with a separate waiting area, exam room and ward for felines.
▪ A 16-slice CT scanner for high-resolution imaging of an animal's injuries.
▪ Covered drive-thru.
CVETS, which stands for Columbia Veterinary Emergency Trauma and Specialty, is at 1321 Oakcrest Drive, (803) 995-8913, cvets.net.