BRISTOL - Chippens Hill Veterinary Hospital has a friendly staff that works seven days a week and lengthy hours to meet the needs of the community and their pets.
The six veterinarians perform routine surgeries, do digital x-rays on site and do dental work. Cheryl Lepardo, the lead customer service representative, said those three options are fairly rare to find all in one place.
The animal hospital, which services cats, dogs and exotic pets, including birds, reptiles and pocket pets, is open Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Lepardo said the goal is to be as available as possible to the community.
“Staying open longer and seven days a week helps a lot of people who work late or weekends,” she said.
Lepardo added that Chippens Hill has a very caring staff.
“We become close to our clients and treat them like family,” she said. “Of course, we fall in love with the animals, too.”
When Chippens Hill Veterinary Hospital isn’t open for business, their after-hours automated phone service refers clients to a 24-hour animal hospital either in Cheshire or West Hartford.
“It tells clients to go to whichever one is closest to them,” said Lepardo, adding that the after-hours phone service helps get clients help as quickly as possible in the event of an emergency.
Chippens Hill was started in 1976 by Dr. Larry Linnetz, who had formerly worked at the Bronx Zoo. Linnetz’s son, Dr. Eric Linnetz, assumed leadership of the animal hospital October 2007. They offer neutering and spaying, as well as teeth trimming for rabbits and guinea pigs.
This time of year, Lepardo said, many pet owners are concerned about fleas and ticks. In the first three months of this year, 364 dogs were diagnosed in Hartford County with Lyme disease. Chippens Hills recommends a year-round oral treatment that protects pets against fleas and tick bites. It also protects against worms.
Chippens Hill, Lepardo said, is very involved in participating in clinical trials to help get new treatments on the market.
“We work with the drug manufacturing companies,” she said.
To contact Chippens Hill Veterinary Hospital, call 860-583-9271 or visit chippenshillvet.com. The hospital is located at 595 Clark Ave.