The mission of Aiken Veterinary Clinic is to promote health and longevity through nutrition, alternative and conventional medicine.
February is DENTAL MONTH!!! So we are again celebrating by doing our "Dental Packages" special. Any dental that is scheduled during this month will be a part of this special. The appointment itself may not be in the month of February but as long as you schedule during this month, you will qualify.
Would you like to be able to text our office ? We are discussing adding Text capabilities to our main line, and would like to have clients let us know how they feel about this option.
This is a story we live everyday!!! We love your pets as if they were our own!
“Dear Pet Owner,
I am writing this to you because I am human. I am a Veterinary Assistant, or a Veterinary Technician with hours of education and debt, or a Veterinarian with even more hours of education and even more debt. But I am still human. My feelings can be hurt.
For those of you that think we only do this for the money, google the average salary of a veterinary assistant (about the same as an Aldi cashier) or a veterinary technician (about the same as a carpet cleaning technician) or a veterinarian (about the same as a marketing manager). I can assure you, the physical and emotional toll is not worth what we are paid.
We do this for the love of animals. Or at least that's how it starts. A glimmer of something bigger than us. The thought that we can make a difference in the lives of pets and their owners. We want to save lives, heal the sick and help ease the passing of those we can’t.
Before you accuse us of only wanting financial gain, ask us when was the last time we helped an owner to relinquish a very sick pet because we could not bring ourselves to see it die because their good hearted human just didn’t have the money. Ask us why we then take on the debt of the surgery or treatment and lifelong care ourselves. Ask us how we feel when we cannot help because we are already paying that large bill from the last one we tried to save, whether or not that pet lived.
Ask us how it feels to be told we have no heart, to be told that if we really cared about animals, we would do this for free. Ask us how much it saddens us when we prepare an estimate only to find it is out of your reach. It kills us that we cannot just reach into our pockets and pull out the checkbook and help you as you agonize over the life and death of your pet. Although sometimes we do. Sometimes we just can’t bear the sadness and we do help to pay a bill. We don’t expect to get paid back, and 99% of the time, we don’t. Your pet’s life is worth more than the money it will take to treat it. Your pet’s life is priceless, to us as well as you.
But the places we work are bound by the same financial laws of every other business. They have to pay the rent/mortgage, utilities, equipment, medical supplies and staff it takes to treat your pet. They even pay the snow plow guy that makes sure you can get into our lot on a cold winter night or the lawn service that makes sure your pet can pee in the grass without disappearing. This is not utopia where money doesn’t exist. If we did every thing for free, just for the love of animals, the place you take your pet for care would cease to exist. We wish it weren’t so, as do you, but it is reality.
Ask us about the multiple animals we support in our own households because no one wanted them or could not fix them. Ask us about those patients that stay with us long after we leave the building. The ones that make us cry through the night while we hug our own pets tightly.
Ask us how heartless we are when we have to look both you and your pet in the eye and deliver bad news. Ask us how many deaths we have witnessed, how many owners we have hugged and cried with. Ask us how we try to keep it together and remain professional until we walk out of the room, then cry. Do not mistake our stoicism for lack of caring. It is merely a thin layer of protection for our hearts.
Ask the ER veterinarian, technician, assistant how it feels to work 16 hours just to have the very pet you diligently attended, grew attached to, pass away or be euthanized because no matter what we did, it was just too sick. Ask us if we grieve with you.... because we do.
Ask us how we feel when we take your bleeding, broken, seizing, crying pet from your arms when you come in the door.
Ask us how we feel when we take your unresponsive pet and race it to the back only to find they are gone and now we have to come back and tell you. We want to hug you while you sob and sometimes we do, because we’ve all been there, we know how it feels. We are all too familiar with the heart wrenching pain that comes with losing a pet, a friend, a family member. Ask us how we feel when we cannot fix our own pets, even with all our resources and knowledge.
Now, let me tell you why we do this for a living…..
For the love of animals”
- Sara Legler, Vet Tech
📸: Marissa Dubois
EDIT: If you'd like to support your veterinary support staff, consider leaving them a good review, writing them a thank you card, sending them flowers, or any edible goodies are never turned away ;)
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In an effort to "go Green" we are hoping to lessen the number of post card reminders we send out. Please call the office to add/update your e-mail address. Also add the PETLOCITY app to your smartphone and we will soon be able to take medication refill requests with this app (without having to call them in!!!) All in an effort to help improve our client communication!
Petlocity is an app for us to connect with our clients. We want to encourage our clients to download this app to their phones, to connect with us and to keep your pets information at your fingertips. If you aren't able to connect, call the office and make sure we have your current e-mail address!!
22 amazing stockings for our local veterans!!!! Thank you to our amazing clients and staff for getting this project together!!!! So excited about sharing the Christmas spirit
Just a reminder we are collecting for Operation St. Nick for the Aiken County Veteran's Council. If you are interested in donating a stocking or the stuff to put into the stockings just drop it by the office. We are so excited to be a part of this project and spread the joy of the holidays.
We are so excited the holidays are here!!! Remember our appointments do book up quickly this time of year, and we want to be there for each one of our furry patients, but we do have extended wait times. We try not to overbook ourselves but emergencies happen, please be patient. Thank everyone in advance.
Here's hoping everyone has a very Happy Thanksgiving
We are celebrating our clinic family- so Thankful for this group!!!! Happy Thanksgiving
We have some pretty amazing clients!!!! One week into our project and already we have donations!!! Thank you!!! Keep them coming!!! Show our veterans how much we care!!!!
As part of our Community Project with the Veteran's Council we will offer a $5.00 coupon to our clients who bring in all of the items that are on the list for Stocking Stuffers. We will Collect these donations until December 13th. (we will also accept partial donations to add to stockings) - if you have any questions please call the office.
Aiken Veterinary Clinic is accepting donations of the products listed below to be added to stockings for Operation St. Nick. We support our local Veterans and want to share the holiday spirit with Veterans in assisted living facilities!!
Operation St. Nick is in full swing! Please pick up a stocking from any of our participating businesses and return them filled. Have fun everyone!
Ryder graduated from chemo! This precious fellow completed all of his chemotherapy treatments yesterday and he wants to make sure everyone knows about it! The oncology team at South Carolina Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Care, along with Dr. Matt Barber and all the nice folks at Aiken Veterinary Clinic, worked together to ensure that he successfully finished his treatment just in time to spend the holidays hanging out with his family! Congrats Ryder, we are all so proud of you!
See this guy?!?!? He is so handsome!!! Biggest in the litter!!! If you’re looking for a gorgeous lab puppy, call the office for his information.
Your pet's wellness is very important to us. We have started sending out reminders earlier, because we are booking so far in advance. If you know your pet is coming due (especially with holiday boarding coming up) please call as soon as possible to schedule your appointment.
These guys fit right in!!!
Super Day at AIken Veterinary Clinic - we have a super staff
Coco is ready for trick or treating at the beach!!!!
An amazing gift for Dr. Groover, our clients are some of the most amazing people!!!!
Do you enjoy your doctor appointments this much 😂 Tink getting her back adjusted, obviously didn’t adjust her attitude.
Are you as forgetful as I am??? Now available Proheart 12!!!! - 12 months of Heartworm Prevention without having to remember to give something each month!!!!
In a recent EWG survey of publicly available microcystin data from states, only 16 states make public online the results of monitoring microcystin.
Make sure you keep up with your four legged friend's health!!! Most vaccinations have to be done yearly, and they should see a veterinarian at least once a year - just to make sure we keep a good eye on their general health and wellness!!! We love your pets and want to make sure they get the best care!
We just saw the cutest litter of puppies, and they DON’T already have homes!!!! We encourage you to go and check these babies out!!!
Don't forget - if you have the Petlocity App you will always have your Pet's Vaccine records with you!!! Petlocity allows you to access your pet's vaccine history and even send it from the app to your boarding or grooming facility!!!
It is REALLY hot outside!!! Please remember your pets need lots of water and if you can't bring them inside, they need some shelter from the sun. Please don't forget as you sit inside by the air conditioning.
The FDA official report on Diet related cardiomyopathy. Please read before getting concerned.
Good Morning! If you are trying to call into the office, please be patient, the storm has taken out some of our phone lines, we are working to get them up and running, but it has slowed us some.
These two puppies want to get back home!!!! Found in cedar creek- please call the office tomorrow if you know who they belong to
Rabies Clinic Fun - Thank Goodness for clear skies
HAPPY RABIES CLINIC WEEKEND!!! Our clinic will be from 9 am - 12:00 PM Saturday
- We will only be doing Rabies Vaccines - each Vaccination will be $10.00 - SEE YOU THERE!!!!
This guy knows how to celebrate his birthday 🎉
We apologize to everyone trying to call yesterday!!! Our phones hopefully are in working order today!!
If you are trying to call our office - we apologize, our phone system is down, we are working to get the problem fixed. Please try again this afternoon.
This little one has been found, but not sure where it belongs. If anyone recognizes this cute little thing, please call our office!!!
Don't forget if you schedule your pet's dental this month you will get big savings for you, and a healthy mouth for your pet!!!
We want to celebrate a clean mouth and a healthy pet!!! Anyone booking a dental this month will receive this Dental Cleaning Package!!!
February is Pet Dental Health Month!!! Have you brushed your pet's teeth today???
We have till Friday to collect Toys for Tots. Bring in a new, unused toy for a child in need!!! Bring a smile to a local child, and receive a credit to use at our office!!!
Aiken Veterinary Clinic wants to wish all our clients and furry friends a Happy Thanksgiving !!! The office will be closed Thursday and open half a day Friday.
The clinic will be closed for an administrative day - hoping to make our clinic better - for our furry friends!!
Aiken Veterinary Clinic is one of the few local clinics that has had the CO2 laser for many years - We are excited to announce TODAY we have the latest CO2 laser on the market. Many of our clients aren't aware of the benefits of the laser. The laser dramatically reduces the risk of post op infection, and because of the precision of the laser it results in less swelling and less pain associated with the procedure. And the most import aspect of this laser is less trauma to our furry patients.
1316 Richland Ave E
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