N.Y. Clinic Gets Facelift Courtesy of Novartis

Village Vet of Lewiston wins Novartis Animal Health’s Onsior Clinic Makeover contest.


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Participating in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Village Vet of Lewiston are, from left, Juan Angel of Novartis Animal Health, BDA Architecture CEO Wayne Usiak and hospital owner Dr. Kristen Ruest.

Cats visiting Village Vet of Lewiston can rest easy now and forget about the dogs traipsing through the waiting room. The western New York hospital has opened two feline-only examination rooms after winning Novartis Animal Health’s Onsior Clinic Makeover contest.

The $20,000 in upgrades also includes the purchase of spay and neuter equipment used in partnership with Community Cats Alive, a group that operates a sterilization and vaccination program for feral cats.

Some 964 clinics entered the contest sponsored by Novartis’ Onsior brand. Onsior (robenacoxib) tablets are indicated for the control of postoperative pain and inflammation in cats.

“Creating a feline-friendly clinic goes beyond the functional clinic elements and includes feline-friendly products, practices and protocols,” said Juan Angel, associate brand manager with Novartis Animal Health US Inc. of Greensboro, N.C.

Village Vet, operated by sole practitioner Kristen Ruest, DVM, also received new roll-up window blinds and two fish aquariums—one in the waiting room and another cut into an exam room and hallway.

The feline-only rooms feature wall décor, climbing trees and examination baskets, which cats are placed in to help steady their nerves.

BDA Architecture, an Albuquerque, N.M., firm that specializes in veterinary clinic construction, provided $10,000 worth of work as part of the redesign.

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