The Waggin' Train Veterinary Clinic started as a mobile practice in 2005 run by Scott Broussard, DVM. His wife, Kristin Broussard, DVM, was then a large-animal veterinarian.
Within seven years, the mobile practice had grown so large that Scott and Kristin began planning for their dream clinic.
They visited practices and talked to veterinarians about their design experiences, and were referred to Live Oak Bank as a lender that knows how to work with veterinarians.
In December 2012, the Broussards bought property in Lafayette Parish, La., and construction started in January 2013. The clinic opened for business on Aug. 5. And they still operate the mobile clinic.
Though it looks like the building is two stories, it isn't. Its high ceilings create the feeling of roominess in the just under 3500-sq-ft clinic and provide a great amount of natural light. There is so much light in the reception area, in fact, that they leave the lights off most of the day, Karen Broussard says.
The reception desk and lobby embody exactly what the Broussards hoped to accomplish: a modern medical facility with a warm, comfortable and family-friendly feeling that encourages people to relax and mingle.
The Waggin' Train sells therapeutic diets and several products. The Broussards stock only medical diets and select items that they've found through their own use to be good for pets and clients.
A third exam room in this area is larger and more comfortable and is near the employee entrance. The room is used for euthanasia and clients may take their time and then leave without encountering waiting clients and pets.
Two other exam rooms feature seating, tables, a computer and needed supplies.
The lab area is just behind the brick wall in reception. Locked cabinets contain all the hospital's medications. Beyond the diagnostics area lies the rest of the treatment room.
The treatment area includes a blood analyzer and three treatment tables connected to a pillar. One is a dry-mount table and two are wet-mount tables used for dental treatments or minor growth removal.
A new dental cart, with scaler and polisher, is among the clinic's new offerings. It is used at wet-mount tables.
Behind the area is the treatment ward, where animals are kept while under observation and treatment.
A window between the treatment area and break room makes it possible for workers and supervisors to keep an eye on things and know when they're needed.
The surgical suite features a swinging door and large windows to allow for a bigger feel inside the building and as much natural light as possible.
The Drs. Broussard weren't ready to buy digital radiography equipment when they built the clinic, but they built with the evolution to digital in mind. They still use an autoprocessor, but the X-ray room is wired for digital so that the eventual change can be made cleanly.
Drs. Scott and Kristin Broussard are triathletes, and the trappings of their success in the sport are displayed in their office.
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