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A national veterinary chain has opened a new pet hospital in Westmoreland's former 7-Eleven

RITA A. LEONARD - Veterinarians at Westmorelands new Banfield Pet Hospital branch are, from left, Dr. Murphy Overton, DVM; Dr. David A. May, DVM; and Dr. Jeff Nickels, DVM. The newest branch of the national Banfield Pet Hospital formally opened on Saturday, July 20, in a location which formerly had housed Westmoreland's 7-Eleven Store – 6207 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. There are over a thousand similar sites across the nation. Passersby on Milwaukie Avenue have been intrigued by the extensive remodeling of the former convenience store, and its new mural. The mural, done by local artist Nate Jensen, shows some of the pets that can receive treatment there.

The new site has three veterinarians: Dr. Jeff Nickel, Dr. David A. May, and Dr. Murphy Overton. There are also thirteen assistants, and four exam rooms. The pet hospital is open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and is a full-service small-animal practice. They serve mostly companion animals such as dogs, cats, and some "pocket pets" – gerbils, rabbits, and some reptiles.

Dr. Jeff Nickel told THE BEE, "We mostly do preventive care here: Vaccinations, nutrition, parasite prevention, general surgery, behavior. Many of our pets are on wellness plans, with a package of preventive care. We also perform dental cleanings, spay and neuter services, and nutrition services. We can insert or read microchip information, and also sell some nutrition supplies."

Banfield's Shelter Services program provides "shelter pets" access to veterinary care, to remove barriers to their adoption. Information provided by the new Banfield Pet Hospital branch indicated that it had celebrated its opening by spending three days prior to the official Grand Opening providing free veterinary care to local dogs and cats from the Pixie Project and from Multnomah County Animal Services.

The first Banfield Pet Hospital in Portland opened in 1955. Now there are branches in five neighboring counties, as well as in Vancouver, Washington.

Call 503/963-9644 for information, or to make appointments.

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