'Mobile vet clinic' visits Woodstock, even during pandemic
The rain held off all morning while people with their pets lined up in a circle – physically distancing – in the south portion of the Woodstock Bi-Mart parking lot.
It was the last Saturday in May, and the "Good Neighbor Vet" van was holding its monthly mobile clinic.
For five years the van has been coming to the Woodstock Bi-Mart parking lot to provide pet exams, microchips, vaccines – as well as flea, tick, and heartworm prevention – and medication, too, all at affordable cost. No appointment is necessary, and it is always on a first-come, first-served basis.
This mobile licensed veterinarian service, now fourteen years old, has expanded over the years, and now has clinics in 104 locations in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho – which includes 38 in Oregon. A spokesperson later conceded to THE BEE that a few locations have been closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Getting back to our late-May tableau in that Woodstock parking lot, Jess Ford, who is "Brand Manager" for Good Neighbor Pet, later said that they provided service to twenty-five pets that day.
We were there, and a woman from the Lents neighborhood said it was her fourth time to come for care for her dog, after she'd heard about the clinic from a friend. Michael Cosgrove, new to the Reed neighborhood from California, chimed in, "Everywhere I've ever lived, there has been a portable clinic that makes if affordable. I just found this one online. A man from the Woodstock neighborhood said it was his sixth time to visit the mobile clinic, and he was going to have his thirteen year-old cat's nails trimmed and have a general checkup.
Also present was the Gritz family from the Cully neighborhood in North Portland with their Chihuahua, which was waiting for a nail trim. A woman from the clinic came over to get their information, and returned with a muzzle and gently put it on the dog so it wouldn't nip them during the nail clipping.
"This is my third dog, and I've been coming to these clinics for vet care since they started. They're awesome," stated a member of the Gritz family. "I heard about them when I went to the Humane Society and saw a brochure. Then I just told everyone I knew who had an animal and needed vet care." When asked why they'd come all the way from the Cully neighborhood to Woodstock, she said, "We follow them wherever they go, and that way we get to know different neighborhoods. When we leave here we'll go for a walk in Eastmoreland!"
THE BEE reached out to several permanent veterinarian clinics or hospitals in Inner Southeast for comment, and all said that sometimes they refer people to the mobile Good Neighbor Vet clinic for a convenient vaccination, or a more affordable service.
For questions about the mobile van's services, or to find locations where it is appearing, go online – www.goodneighborvet.com – and enter your ZIP Code. Or, call toll-free 1-888/234-1350 for current sites and dates. Dates and times may change during the pandemic crisis, of course.
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