Veterinarian Jody Engel’s love of animals began when she was a girl growing up in Wyoming. Now, after 16 years of doing what she loves, she opened The Meadows Veterinary Center in Windsor last month.
“There are so many kids who want to grow up to become a veterinarian — I was the same way,” Engel said. “From being a little kid, growing up in rural Wyoming and being around animals my whole life, I thought there would be no better way to work than helping to take care of pets.”
The new clinic opened the week of June 23 at 8030 S. County Road 5.
The center offers a wide array of veterinary services, including: anesthesia and surgery, acupuncture, behavior and nutrition consultations, dental cleanings and surgery, in-house diagnostics, laser therapy, preventative care plans, senior pet care, titer, ultrasounds and vaccinations.
The clinic’s in-house lab is able to get basic diagnostics about the pet and Engel said the center also works with an out-of-house lab that picks up samples twice each day from the facility for more-specialized testing. The test results are stored in a database, and the center’s software uses the data to generate health profiles for the pet. The profile is able to assess the animal’s risk for getting diseases like tick-borne illnesses and heartworms, and clients can access their pet’s profile from anywhere with an internet connection.
“Just the other day, we had a little dog come in that was pretty sick. He was having a hard time getting up and had been having chronic diarrhea,” Engel said. “We were able to right away run the tests and within 15 minutes have answers. It’s definitely a life-saving thing to have that available to have results right away.”
Engel said the center’s digital X-rays make it easy to share over email with clients or with a different veterinarian, if Engel needs to refer a patient to a specialist.
The center is also equipped with a surgery room, where Engel said she performs basic surgeries and brings in specialists for some surgeries when needed. The room is fully equipped with gas anesthetics and monitoring equipment to make sure animals stay safe throughout the procedure.
Currently, the center has six employees and two veterinary students from Colorado State University interning with them during the summer.
“My nurses have, on average, six years of experience prior to coming here and then we spent an additional month on our own retraining our skills and learning new skills, too,” Engel said.
Animal dentistry is one of Engel’s specialties and the center is also fully equipped with a dental suite for radiographs.
“It’s a passion of mine,” she said. “We all get a little bit of dentistry in veterinary school, but some of us really love it and do a lot of additional training and education. I’ve done that and have been doing a lot of dentistry for quite a while now.”
Pets can even receive acupuncture or laser therapy treatments at the clinic.
“We actually just had a dog come in that had some skin wounds and had razor burn in a couple of areas,” Engel said. “We used the laser to help accentuate the healing, but we can use it for arthritis and a whole bunch of different things.”