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The Detroit Jewish News, 2004-10-15

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Rx For Pets

A cutting-edge treatment facility is a dream come true.

ALAN ABRAMS
Special to the Jewish News

a

rowing up in Oak Park, and
determined to be a veterinari-
an, Lucy Shields Henney
always had a pet project in mind.
But, even in her dreams, she never
envisioned it would be a $6 million
veterinary-care facility that would be
one of the largest private animal clin-
ics in the country run by a woman —
and the largest in Michigan.

Dr. Henney is the sole owner of
Oakland Veterinary Referral Services
(OVRS), a 28,000-square-foot, full-
service, 24-hour, seven-days-a-week
small-animal hospital on Telegraph
Road in Bloomfield Hills. The facili-
ty, which opened this spring, serves
patients, owners and their veterinari-
ans by referral only.
The services, provided by 15 spe-
cialists, include neurology and neuro-
surgery, oncology, ophthalmology,
orthopedic and general surgery, der-
matology, cardiology, internal medi-

via

A: Homey checks Max
Hann, a golden retriever:

Joel H. Kaufman

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cine, emergency-critical
care, an animal behav-
iorist and a canine
blood bank.
OVRS has a CT
scanner, a mobile MRI
unit, an ICU room, 15
examination rooms,
two radiological suites
and four surgical suites,
with the capacity to
serve 100 hospitalized
patients.
One service it doesn't
offer, however, is gener- Dr. Henney and her chocolate Labrador, Canyon,
al care; OVRS is not in at the OVRS front desk.
competition with your
family vet.
veterinarians.
Dr. Henney, 45, of West
Was Dr. Henney's expensive move
Bloomfield is board certified in vet-
from her former 3,000-square-foot
erinary surgery. "I'm one of approxi-
facility a half-mile away worth the
mately 1,000 [women veterinary sur-
cost? Jim Thompson, OVRS manag-
geons] in the world," she says.
er, says the number of cases has
However, her field is no longer
increased 65 percent over last year.
male dominated.
The hospital earned $3.3 million in
"More and more veterinarians are
2003, and Dr. Henney estimates the
venturing into specialty practices, and gross for 2004 will exceed $6 million.
it so happens that the profession as a
That growth reflects national fig-
whole is becoming more female," says ures. Despite the continuing soft
former Detroiter Alan Abrams of
economy, statistics from the
National Healthcare Consulting
American Pet Producers
Group in Scottsdale.
Manufacturers Association (APPMA)
Abrams' group provides start-up
and expansion funding exclusively to
Rx FOR PETS on page 60

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