Clinic center: The newest veterinary and pet care facilities in the country


Take a look at these 3 veterinary centers newly opened or coming soon

The establishment of new veterinary and pet care facilities across the country enhances access to animal care and services. With more veterinary and pet-centered facilities available, animal companions can more easily receive the care they need, leading to improved overall health and care outcomes for animals.

Here are 3 recent facilities opening across the United States:

VSSOC Surgery Center in Tustin, California

The Veterinary Surgical Specialists of Orange County (VSSOC) recently announced they were beginning the construction of a new Surgery Center at 2937 Edinger Avenue, in Tustin, California. The facility is set to open in December 2024 and will span 10,000 sq ft and it will offer the community surgical care 7 days a week.1

“VSSOC has been the leader in surgical care for the pets of Southern California for decades. We are excited to expand our practice into this new facility where our world-class surgeons can continue to provide a level of care that just isn’t possible elsewhere in the region,” Richard Pankowski, DVM, VSSOC hospital administrator, said in a news release.1 “Our commitment to help pets, their families, and the referring veterinary community remains steadfast. We view our role as a privilege and a responsibility that we take seriously. We look forward to opening our new doors to the public.”

Surgical procedures to be performed at the Surgery Center include cardiothoracic, emergency/trauma, oncologic, minimally invasive, neurologic, orthopedic, soft tissue, and reconstructive, and more. Additionally, PennHIP screening and of diagnostic imaging modalities will also be available. Amenities will include 10 pre- and post-operative treatment bays, sterile corridor with 5 surgical suites, inpatient and outpatient radiology suites, 128-slice CT, an onsite lab and pharmacy, a dedicated feline quiet-recovery ward and 20 oversized canine recovery suites.1

Skiptown in Denver, Colorado

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Rendering of Skiptown in Denver, Colorado. (Photo courtesy of Skiptown)

Skiptown, a membership-based destination for dogs and their owners, expressed its excitement of the upcoming opening of its first Denver facility, to be located at 3833 Steele St, Unit #1332, Denver, Colorado, in River North District’s York Street Yards. The new Skiptown location, a 50,000 sq ft facility, is scheduled to open its doors in late summer 2024. It will include an off-leash indoor/outdoor dog park with more than 27,000 sq ft of indoor and turfed outdoor spaces, a splash pad, a bar, and encompassing pet care services.2

“We created Skiptown because it’s the experience we wanted with our own dogs,” Meggie Williams, founder and CEO of Skiptown, said in a news release.2 “We were always looking for a modern, one-stop shop where we could enjoy ourselves while our dogs play, or where we could drop them off, knowing they are with people who love them as much as we do. Skiptown has all that and more, providing a contemporary and enjoyable environment for both dogs and their owners. We are thrilled to introduce the Skiptown experience to the dog-friendly city of Denver.”

The new Skiptown location will offer daycare and overnight boarding facilities with cushioned flooring, a dog grooming salon, and a training studio, as well as valet daycare drop-off and round-the-clock supervised care. Clients will be able to schedule appointments, upload veterinary records, view visit reports, and tailor their dog’s preferences using the Skiptown app.2

VCA Animal Hospitals in San Antonio, Texas

VCA Animal Hospitals opened the doors to a new urgent care center in Northwest San Antonio, located at 9710 State Highway 151, San Antonio, TX 78251. VCA Animal Hospitals Urgent Care – Northwest San Antonio is dedicated to serving the local communities, including Northwest San Antonio, San Antonio, Leon Valley, Loma Vista, and Lackland. It provides same-day veterinary care for urgent needs, operating 7 days a week year-round.3

The new hospital gives clients easy access to care with transparent wait times and the option to promptly join the virtual waiting room, allowing them to wait at home until their appointment time arrives. The facility also provides pet owners with access to their free teletriage 24/7.3

Additionally, VCA’s new hospital features a layout free of conventional front desks or phones, with client service representatives readily available to help clients settle in and complete check-ins using their mobile devices. The aim of this intentional design was to create a serene and welcoming atmosphere for both owners and pets.3


  1. Veterinary Surgical Specialists of Orange County breaks ground on new, ultramodern 10,000-square-foot surgery center. News release. Veterinary Surgical Specialists of Orange County. July 2, 2024. Accessed July 2, 2024.
  2. Denver’s largest off-leash dog park, bar, and pet care facility to open in RiNo late summer 2024. News release. Skiptown. June 20, 2024.
  3. VCA Animal Hospitals opens urgent care in northwest San Antonio. News release. VCA Animal Hospitals. June 26, 2024.
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