As Detroit transforms the needs of some residents we don’t think of often enough are not being met – the furry and four-legged, and sometimes scaly, kind. Now there is a chance for the pets to have their owners call in and get veterinary assistance in their own homes.
PetCalls opened October 20 and is headquartered at 1514 Washington Blvd. in downtown Detroit.
“We take the stress out of veterinarian visits by bringing the vet to the pet,” says CEO Kimberly Jackson.
A wide variety of animals fall into PetCalls’ expertise, such as dogs, cats, horses, lizards, snakes and more. It services all of metro Detroit Metropolitan area is able to call and allow their animal pals to get the services like digital X-ray, ultrasound, K-laser, lab tests, vaccinations and other treatments right in their home.
The price stars at $59 for the most basic services.
Jackson comes from the world of treating more difficult animals, people. She was CEO of an Oakland Country physician referral service. After 16 years in that world, she decided to move from people to pets.
“We’re launching in Detroit but I see this service spreading rapidly across the country,” she says. “Our medical professionals are all animal lovers who want to help their patients in an environment where they are most comfortable, home.”
The hope is to bring pet aid to those who don’t have quick access to cars and, therefore, most vets. That’s often senior citizens and millennials who don’t have cars.
PetCalls currently has three veterinarians and a veterinary technician on staff. Here is some information on the two vets from the website.
Dr. McAlpine graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University in 2005. She initially worked in an equine practice in Virgina before moving back to Michigan and transitioning to small animal medicine. Dr. McAlpine’s areas of interest include internal medicine, nutrition and the management of chronic conditions. She has three dogs, Aidan, Alice and Penny.
Dr. Laura Besecke is a Michigan Native. She graduated from Ross University where she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical and surgical training at Michigan State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Her professional interests include dentistry, dermatology, and internal medicine, with a particular passion for feline medicine. Dr. Besecke has two cats, Ciera and Sammi.
As the volume increases, Jackson will be bringing more medical staff on board. The Detroit headquarters includes a laboratory for tests.
For more information, visit PetCall’s website at petcalls.net or telephone 313-788-7387.
– Photos from grand opening by Aaron Eckels. Photos of the veterinarians courtesy of PetCalls.