By Caitlin Switzer
MONTROSE-They provide health care for animals, with a compassionate, human touch.
The Black Canyon Veterinary Clinic has been open at 1401 East Main Street for a mere six weeks, but the owners bring many years of local experience and proven expertise to the business. Dr. Jake Rehard and Dr. Rachel Blankmeyer have both practiced in Montrose prior to joining forces to open their own full-service veterinary clinic.
“Dr. Jake and I have been living and working in the area for a long time,” Blankmeyer said. “We feel very supported by the community, and we like partnering with other organizations to educate and inform.” A recent partnership with Montrose Animal Protection Agency (MAPA) and Telluride Animal Foundation was a resounding success, with more than 120 animals spayed or neutered in the space of two weeks. “We do surgeries in the mornings anyway,” Blankmeyer said, “so we thought this would be a really good way to serve the community and let people know we are here.”
Sharing information and communicating with clients and the community is a priority for the Black Canyon Veterinary Clinic.
Each month the Clinic spotlights an aspect of pet health, with August being Senior Pet Wellness Month. In September, the focus moves to Pet First Aid, with a Pet First Aid night scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 26. “We will be offering discounted pet first aid, and talking about what things can be toxic to pets.
“We have a family-friendly focus, and we want people to feel comfortable asking questions and getting answers,” Blankmeyer said.
“Communication is important, human to human… after all, it’s your fur babies we are talking about.”
Black Canyon Veterinary Clinic serves large and small animals, and is located at 1401 East Main Street in Montrose, online and on Facebook.
The phone number is 970-787-2282.
By Caitlin Switzer