May 23, 2020 – Dr. Nichole Danova, founder, President, and Director of Surgery at Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center (VREC) and her staff recently celebrated VREC’s 10th anniversary.
VREC was preceded by Veterinary Surgical Center (VSC,) a dedicated veterinary surgical facility Dr. Danova founded in 2009. Seeing explosive growth in a short time, she began planning for a larger, full-service facility for the region’s “pet parents.” The 24/7 emergency and referral facility opened at 318 Northern Boulevard in South Abington Twp. in May, 2010 and remains there today.
VREC offers services not found anywhere else in the area, including dedicated emergency, internal medicine, cardiology, surgery, and physical rehabilitation departments. In 2013 the facility added a MRI suite, the only unit of its kind in the region.
In the past decade VREC has cared for over 62,000 unique patients – a figure that does not account for multiple visits from the same pet. To accommodate the case load, VREC has grown to over 50 clinicians, technicians, support staff, and client service representatives. Constantly seeking ways to better serve the community, Dr. Danova plans to expand the building and offer more services in the future.
VREC credits the continued support from the community’s pet owners for their success. Hospital Administrator Rose Ghiotto says, “It’s overwhelming how many wonderful pet parents we have in the area. We are all pet owners and are grateful to be here in a pet’s time of need.” Dr. Danova agrees: “We know nobody wants to use our services, but we’re here if you need us.”