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Pet hospital opens for 24-hour business

Local veterinarian designs additional, new and digitalized practice in Valencia

Posted: September 25, 2009 10:01 p.m.
Updated: September 26, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Veterinarian technician Lillian Camacho, right, puts Begum and Badshah, 1-year-old brother and sister greyhounds, in the kennel as they wait for a dental cleaning.

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For 12 years, Dr. B. Grewal cared for hundreds of pets in his Animal Medical Center in the Granary Square Shopping Center.

He was doing what he loved but with frustrating limitations.

In the 2,500-square-foot office, with a lack of up-to-date resources and space, he could only get so far with many of the animals before he'd have to refer them over to a hospital outside the Santa Clarita Valley, he said.

"We have grown beyond what we can handle here," said Grewal, of Stevenson Ranch, while sitting in his Granary Square office several weeks ago.

But on Sept. 14, the opening of his new veterinary center unleashed fresh opportunities for the practicing vet of 25 years and for the pet-owning community of Santa Clarita Valley.

Grewal and several of his associates moved into a new 5,000 square-foot Valencia Veterinary Center, a full-service 24-hour pet hospital, emergency and critical care facility, at 23928 Summerhill Lane, off McBean Parkway.

"This is something new and challenging, which I always like," he said. "So much job satisfaction comes from having all these things in one spot."

Grewal's new facility, his brainchild, can house 60 animals.

Valencia Veterinary Center features digital technologies that allow Grewal to host a full, in-house diagnostic laboratory, anesthetic monitoring equipment, video endoscopy, coagulation analysis blood plasma and Oxyglobin transfusions, digital radiography, ultrasound, intensive care, radio surgery, dermatology and more.

"We want to provide all the needed veterinarian care under one roof," he said. "Now we have everything we need to nail down and diagnose a lot of these problems without referring them over."

Grewal will keep his practice open in Granary Square with two vets, but he will work in his new location.

The Valencia center's grave-yard shift vet has already responded to numerous pet emergencies since the opening a couple of weeks ago.

"I've seen poisonings, coyote bites, snake bits, (animals) hit by cars. It's a different kind of practice at night," said Dr. Douglas Sysel. "There's a need for it here, we're getting busy."

Grewal's passion for helping pets can be seen in his adopted three-legged Pomeranian and two greyhounds.

"I was born and raised on a farm (in India) so I always had a close affinity for pets, large or small," he said. "I grew up with dogs as my companions."

During their grand opening, Valencia Veterinarian Center provided free physical and fecal examinations to adopted pets in conjunction with Castaic Animal Shelter and New Leash on Life Animal Rescue.

As a long-time vet and resident in Santa Clarita Valley, Grewal said he has an obligation to give back.

"The community has given me a lot of compassion and affection all these years," he said. "So I have this personal obligation to give it back to them, and of course to the pets."

"That's why our logo is ‘pets are people, too,'" he said.

Valencia Veterinary Center is the only emergency pet hospital in the Santa Clarita Valley open 24 hours, 365 days a year, Grewal said.

A separate pet emergency location, All Creature's Emergency Center, located on Lyons Avenue in Newhall, is open 24-hours on weekends only and 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Cory Paul, a manager at Bree's Pet Depot in Valencia, said the community was in need of an additional pet emergency care center.

"In the middle of the night, things happen. There are a lot of wild animals and people's animals get attacked," she said. "So it's a good idea to have two in this valley because the community has grown so much."

Valencia Veterinary Center's phone number is (661) 263-9000. The Web site is www.bestvalenciavet.com.

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