Traveling vet to aid County pet owners

Posted Jan. 23, 2010, at 5:17 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:35 a.m.

CARIBOU, Maine — In Aroostook County, Lori Brown sees a need not just for more veterinarians, but for ones willing to make house calls.

“There are many elderly people who have animals that they can’t get to the vet, and there are people who have scheduling issues with the same problem,” she said recently.

That is why Brown has stepped up to help fill the void with her new business, the Pet Vet.

Brown, a licensed Maine veterinarian who has practiced in Caribou for nearly 10 years, will be available for small animal house calls beginning Feb. 1.

Brown said she plans to travel to clients and provide full examinations, vaccinations, minor treatments and some lab work.

Brown said she talked to a traveling vet and thought she would enjoy making house calls herself.

“This is going to give me a chance to work with companion animals, like cats and dogs and more, and bring a more individual service to clients,” she said.

“I think this will be a great convenience for many people, not just those who are elderly or have pets who don’t travel well,” Brown continued. “My coverage area will likely extend along the U.S. Route 1 and Route 11 corridors from Houlton north, but more isolated locations are possible if there is enough need for it.”

The 46-year-old said the County needs more veterinarians in general, but especially a traveling one to give people with pets “peace of mind.”

“I have talked to a wide variety of people who have had difficulty getting their pets to the vet,” she said. “There are elderly citizens out there who can’t drive, but they still need someone to take care of their pets. I feel this is going to be a good fit for people.”

Brown said patients will be able to arrange appointments at more flexible times than standing clinics, which have established business hours.

Pets who need surgery, X-rays or extensive care will be referred to a full-service hospital.

For more information or to make an appointment, call the Pet Vet at 498-2930.