Fruita veterinary hospital invites public to tour its expanded facility at open house

Veterinarians Paul Bingham, left, and Mike Etchart, both with Arrowhead Veterinary Hospital, check out a dog in their expanded Fruita facility.


If you go

What: Arrowhead Veterinary Hospital open house

Where: 1620 L Road, Fruita

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today

Why: The hospital is putting on the event to allow the public to tour its expanded facility, meet staff and learn more about its operations. Today’s event also includes a pet adoption fair and a food drive for homeless pets. People who donate good quality, dry pet food will receive a coupon for 10 percent off their next visit.

Arrowhead Veterinary Hospital completed an expansion of its facility about a year ago so it could better serve small animals.

Now the Fruita veterinary clinic wants to offer the public a behind-the-scenes tour.

Arrowhead hosts an open house today at its 1620 L Road location, an event that also features a pet adoption fair and a homeless pet food drive.

Mike and Alyson Etchart opened the clinic in 2000 to serve large animals. Two years ago, veterinarian Paul Bingham came on board as a partner and the clinic added services for small animals, birds and exotic creatures. Last fall, Arrowhead remodeled and added a little more than 1,100 square feet to its 4,300-square-foot facility.

Despite its rural location, “We offer really big city medicine,” said Alyson Etchart, noting the clinic’s services include digital ultrasounds and X-ray imaging and an on-site laboratory.

Even though the hospital has been around for 11 years, Etchart said she consistently encounters people who haven’t heard of Arrowhead. She hopes the open house will help change that.

“We’re trying to get the word out about who we are and what we do,” she said.


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