If you frequent any of Stapleton’s social media sites, you’ve probably seen the name Jen Weston pop up in many animal-related posts. A self-proclaimed animal lover and co-owner/manager of Northfield Veterinary Hospital, Jen is quick to offer up advice and even volunteer to care for lost or injured animals.
“We currently have four kittens in our office we’re trying to adopt that came from a feral cat colony,” Jen says with a laugh. “Sometimes I think we are more like a shelter than an animal hospital.”
Jen has been involved with animals since she started volunteering at an animal hospital when she was 14 and went on to get a vet tech degree. Veterinarian Shelly Sandel, DVM, is her co-owner, and has been working in the field for 21 years.
They both live in Stapleton and previously worked together at another neighborhood veterinary office before deciding to open up their own practice.
“This is an amazing neighborhood to practice in and live in,” Jen says. “I can’t imagine us being anywhere else. Shelly is fantastic to work with and we make a great pair.”
Northfield Veterinary Hospital opened up a brick and mortar facility on Northfield Boulevard in April, after doing house calls for about a year while their new building was under construction.
You won’t find Jen or Shelly pushing for unnecessary appointments or treatments for your animals. For current patients, they work to phone triage any issues that don’t require an office visit.
Additionally, animals that need extra special care can be seen in their own home if transport to the office is stressful or the animal is particularly large.
To make sure the animals are as comfortable as possible during appointments, no one wears lab coats and they frequently use pheromones and other behavioral approaches.
“We do a ton of fear-free work on dogs and cats who aren’t able to be seen elsewhere,” Jen says. “We have several people that come from far outside of Stapleton to be seen here since we are able to work with their animals.”
The office is equipped with four exam rooms and they are open six days a week. Northfield Vet offers preventive, diagnostic and surgical services, in addition to emergency care for dogs and cats during normal business hours.
DO GOOD ALERT! Since, February is National Dental Health Month, Northfield Vet will pick one or two animals in need to receive dental health services and treatment. Applications will be accepted until Jan. 22, 2017 and recipients will be chosen based on financial need. If you know someone who might qualify, please send them here to apply.
Learn more about Northfield Veterinary Hospital at http://northfieldvethospital.com/.