BOSTON – Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center of New England (VESCONE), at 180 Bear Hill Road in Waltham, recently merged with BluePearl Veterinary Partners, a national leader in specialty and emergency medicine for companion animals. BluePearl operates more than 30 specialty and emergency hospitals in 13 states.
The merger brings access for the Boston area hospital to a broader array of veterinary specialists and resources through BluePearl’s national network. Services at the Waltham hospital currently include emergency medicine 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Appointments are available by referral from family veterinarians for specialty care in cardiology, critical care, internal medicine, radiology and surgery.
The facility features fully equipped central emergency stations; four glass-enclosed intensive care units, including one especially for cats; has three surgery suites with state-of-the-art equipment; video arthroscopy; full in-house laboratory capabilities; and a canine and feline blood bank.
“The Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center of New England is well recognized as a place to find remarkable specialty and emergency veterinary care for pets,” said Neil Shaw, DVM, DACVIM, co-founder of BluePearl Veterinary Partners. “We are elated to welcome them to our team, and look forward to increasing the depth of specialty and emergency services to the community.”
Veterinarian Amy Shroff founded VESCONE in 2001, when she recognized a need for specialty and emergency veterinary medicine in the Boston community.
“From the start, our goal was to offer exceptional service and communication to family veterinarians and their clients,” said Shroff. “Just like BluePearl has done in other locations, we serve as an extension of family veterinarians’ offices. Clients use our services when there is an after-hours emergency or when a pet’s condition requires special expertise to diagnose or treat. We fill a particular need and pride ourselves on working with family veterinarians to provide the best possible care for their patients.”
Shaw pointed out that, much like VESCONE, BluePearl has grown based on the goodwill established between the hospital and the primary care veterinary community. “We look forward to working with the veterinary community of the greater New England area to help advance veterinary medicine and identify the importance of great care to the pet owning community,” said Shaw.
BluePearl is unique among larger industry participants in that its specialty and emergency hospitals are principally owned and operated by veterinarians and veterinary professionals who work at and serve in leadership roles at the hospitals.
About BluePearl Veterinary Partners
BluePearl Veterinary Partners employs more than 1,400 people including more than 350 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals offer referral-only, specialty care services and most offer 24-hour emergency care. BluePearl does not provide primary care. The company is one of the world’s principal providers of approved veterinary residency and internship programs. BluePearl also participates in clinical trials that investigate the effectiveness of new veterinary drugs and treatments, providing pet families access to cutting-edge medicine that is not yet commercially available. BluePearl is headquartered in Tampa, Fla.