Veterinary Hospital spreading its wings
Eagles, bears and antelopes won’t be cooped up in the 1,700-square-foot Redstone Veterinary Hospital for much longer. They’re going to get a lot more breathing room.
Dr. Mark Ryan and Dr. Paul Bingham broke ground March 6 on a 7,800-square-foot hospital that will be located behind their offices at 2582 Patterson Road.
“We have been trying to do this for the past 10 years,” Ryan said.
Ryan opened his veterinary practice in Grand Junction in 1995 in a three-bedroom house. The new hospital is scheduled to open in October, project representative Steve Thompson said.
Ryan and Bingham’s office has two exam rooms. Their new building will have six. Ryan said owners of some of his pet clients wait up to a month for an appointment.
“If you go into his facility right now, it’s jam-packed,” Thompson said.
Ryan has planned to build the hospital for three years. He has attended veterinary clinics around the country to get ideas to make the new facility.
“Mark has really put his heart and soul into making sure he is doing the right thing,” Thompson
Now is a good time for construction because prices of steel and lumber have dropped, and “subcontractor pricing is more competitive because of the less active environment,” Thompson said.
Ryan expects to need another veterinarian when the new office is finished. He predicts his business will increase 10 to 25 percent.
In addition to treating family pets, Ryan and Bingham rehabilitate wild animals for the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
A bald eagle, a golden eagle and a hawk are patients. Ryan said he has worked with animals such as antelopes, bears, porcupines and raccoons. The veterinarians offer their services free for this work through Nanci Limbach and the Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation near Silt.
The Division of Wildlife animals are just some of the special creatures the vets work with.
Bingham specializes in exotic pets such as snakes, reptiles and birds.
The new facility will have extra space to house the recovering animals.
“We need the larger facility. We have just completely outgrown it,” Ryan said of his building.