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Animal Care Clinic in Algonquin undergoing major 'face-lift'

Center cares for thousands of pets each year

Animal Care Clinic, 230 Stonegate Road, Algonquin, will receive new equipment and much-needed renovations, practice administrator Diane Joosten said.
Animal Care Clinic, 230 Stonegate Road, Algonquin, will receive new equipment and much-needed renovations, practice administrator Diane Joosten said.

A local animal hospital is getting major upgrades.

After two decades in business, Animal Care Clinic, 230 Stonegate Road, will receive new equipment and much-needed renovations, practice administrator Diane Joosten said.

“We are remodeling and making it bigger. We’ve been in this location for 20 years, so we’re doing a face-lift. We’re adding – on the side that faces south – a brand-new boarding facility. We’ve always had boarding, but this one is much bigger and much more modern,” Joosten said. “We are also adding a few more exam rooms.”

Joosten said it’s important to offer “the latest and the greatest” technologies to pet owners.

She said the clinic cares for thousands of animals each year. The clinic usually has four doctors working at a time.

On Tuesday, the village’s Committee of the Whole voted to send a zoning variance to the Village Board so the boarding space for dogs recovering from surgery can be increased. The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously voted to support the zoning variance in January.

“We’re growing, and we want to be able to accommodate everyone in the area,” Joosten said. “We needed a face-lift. We had totally outgrown our clinic. ... Most important for us was to update the exam rooms with more room for treatment.”

The reception area for animal owners also is being redesigned.

“We’ve refreshed the inside to make the lobby a little bit more client-friendly. We’re going to have a seating area for them with kind of a coffee bar,” Joosten said.

The clinic still is open even though work is being done at the site. Joosten said the project won’t be complete until late in the spring. Construction began in October.

“It’s been like giving birth, almost,” she said. “We’ll do an open house to show it off when we’re closer to being done.”

Despite the dust and noise, Joosten said she’s excited. She said clients have made the best of the situation.

“Our poor clients have been going through our remodeling pain with us,” she said. “But we are absolutely thrilled. It’s going to be new and modern and more efficient.”

The clinic offers pain management services, vaccinations, spay and neuter procedures and dental care, grooming and cancer care, among other things.

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