This summer has truly flown by. I can't believe we are so close to opening day. Right now, as long as our buildout stays on schedule, we are looking at Thursday, August 14th as our opening day. Less than 3 weeks!
A lot has happened within the last week, thanks to the great team we have working with us. TKO Graphix installed our beautiful sign on Thursday; the logo and lettering were hand-drawn (using fancy-pants computer software) by a very good friend of ours, Martín Bañuelos. We have been friends for 15 years now, and I'm so glad he decided to go into graphic design!
This weekend Ted, my dad, and I finished installing our air diffusers in the ceiling grid! It is coming right along! Here is a picture of my dad in action and my handiwork on one of the diffusers:
We also had our first staff meeting this week. We had such an amazing outpouring of interest and support from all of Boone County while searching for our team. We are so blessed to be in such a tight knit and caring community. Our hiring decisions were hard, but we are so excited to have such a fantastic and talented group to get the clinic off the ground.
Three of our staff members have completed college coursework in veterinary technology. This is the equivalent of veterinary nursing school. Erin, our Registered Veterinary Technologist, completed a 4 year program at Purdue, which happens to have one of the top rated programs in the country. Kelsey, our Veterinary Technician, just graduated from the Vet Tech Institute of Indianapolis with her associates degree; she takes her boards to become licensed next week. (Good luck Kelsey!) Alissa, our Receptionist and Veterinary Assistant, also studied at the Vet Tech Institue, and graduated in 2012. She has not taken her licensing exam yet but hopes to complete that goal next year. Alissa loves client interaction and education and is so excited to get started.
Erin and Kelsey are currently attending the American Veterinary Medical Association Conference in Denver featuring lectures by some of the brightest vets and vet techs in the country. In order to maintain their license, vets and RVTs have to complete approved continuing education courses yearly to stay at the forefront of the field. We can't wait to hear everything they learned from this great conference!
We also have a very talented groomer, Melissa, who has been grooming for 14 years. She studied at one of the top grooming schools in the country and loves creative styles of grooming (think safe temporary hair dye, nail polish, hair jewels, new styling techniques, etc ). Just after we open, she will be attending a grooming conference in Chicago to "brush" up on new techniques and products. :) Here's a shot of Melissa and Daisy, one of her creative grooming clients that walked with us (aka mostly rode in the air conditioned dog-mobile) in the Boone County Fourth of July Parade.
Last but not least, we have a part time receptionist, Ann, who will be working Thursday evenings and filling in as needed. She has some of the most amazing animal stories, and brings a warm excitement to our crew. She has earned the nickname "Mama Ann" at one of her other jobs, and I can certainly see why! :)
So, mark your calendars, everyone! Opening Day is just around the corner!