Central Jersey Gets 24-Hour Animal Emergency FacilityCentral Jersey Gets 24-Hour Animal Emergency Facility
Animerge of Raritan, N.J., has completed its $1 million expansion and renovation project, transforming it to a 24-hour animal emergency facility.
The animal hospital, which services also include specialty surgery and ophthalmology, increased its size from 2,400 square feet to 5,800 square feet and now includes two operating rooms, six exam rooms and an elevator for the second-floor patient area.
Dean Newton, DVM, director of Animerge and one of the practice’s founders, said that he recognized the need for a larger facility but didn’t want to relocate, so the hospital began building up instead of out. The installation of the elevator allows for faster transport of patients to the operating room or special treatment areas than in a traditional one-story facility, he said.
Animerge also increased its staff from four veterinarians to 10 veterinarians. There are 35 additional staff, including veterinary technicians, client services and reception staff.
“We’re very excited about our new facility and our increased ability to provide emergency care for pets in the area,” Dr. Newton, DVM, said. “There was an urgent need for a medical facility to give pets quality care regardless of the time—day or night.”