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July 19, 2019

7/3/2019 2:25:00 PM
New ownership will keep local animal clinic open
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Many of the best pets are "rescues," and the local veterinary clinic itself has turned out to be the Crawford County animal community's latest rescue.

The Robinson Hospital for Animals, whose closing was announced several weeks ago, is becoming part of the O'Brien Veterinary Group.

A Friday Facebook posting indicated the Robinson Hospital for Animals would remain open under new ownership.

And Robinson Hospital For Animals Manager Megan Rollins confirmed they will continue to be open.

"We will have a two-week downtime for software changes," she said. "We will have staff in office to answer any questions you may have we will also be restocking our food inventory and preventions."

The O'Brien Veterinary Group is a family-run, family-owned business based in Oak Brook, whose owners say it is committed to "multi-generation ownership and a legacy of doing what's right." Founders Greg and Emily O'Brien had an idea that letting veterinarians do what they do best is the best way to run a veterinary practice.

"The O'Brien Group manages the back-end details, so the team at each practice can choose what's best for pets, pet owners, and the communities the practices are a part of," they said. Currently they own 12 clinics in Illinois and Indiana.

Greg O'Brien was in town Monday to visit his new acquisition and meet with the staff.

"We are excited to be a part of the community," he said.

The previous owner of the local clinic, National Veterinary Associates, Agoura Hills, Calf., purchased the business from Dr. John Trimble about nine years ago and took over the day-to-day management. It was that firm's decision to close the clinic.

Rollins, who had already packed up her office, was excited to be unpacking Monday.

"All of the staff will be retained, and we will still be providing boarding and technician services and vaccines except rabies," she said, during the transition.

Over the next two weeks Rollins and her staff will be getting up to speed on the new administration system and organizing the facility. They do not have a full time veterinarian on staff yet, but Dr. Lueking will be available on a part-time basis.

Those who have questions or need additional information may call 546-5428.

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