When Dr. Rick Westendorf (WCVM 1991) approached VetCare in 2016, he hospital was bursting at the seams. Morningside Animal Hospital was situated in an idyllic rural setting in the Fraser Valley. It was located on the residential property of Dr. Westendorf. He started Morningside in 2002 and grew the reputation of his clinic to the point where they had literally run out of space in the current location. “It was time for the clinic to be relocated. We grew rapidly over a short period of time and the existing space no longer had the room we needed for our clients.”
VetCare brought a vision to Rick to build a brand new, modern hospital to accommodate his growing client base. Andrew, CEO and Founder of VetCare, remarked: “We wanted to bring a state of the art hospital to the community. There was clearly many satisfied clients who simply needed more room when they came in for an appointment!” Once VetCare became the Owners of Morningside, the team set to work on plans for the new hospital. Through the dedicated efforts of everyone involved, the new hospital launched in August of 2017.
Rick was pleased with the result. “They built a wonderful new hospital that is truly a fixture of the community.” The patients and clients of Morningside are now reassured by having a long term home for their care. As one client wrote “I feel luck to have them close by!”