After nine years of working in a corporate veterinary office, Dr. Ross Elton is opening his own practice in Blaine.
“I was seeing 75 to 100 pets a week,” Elton said. “The relationships I could build were good and acceptable, but not great.”
At most, Elton would like to see 75 animals a week so he can develop a closer working relationship with the pet owners at Advanced Veterinary Care, located at 1500 125th St. NE in the North Gate Mall at the southeast corner of Aberdeen Street and 125th Avenue.
The office will be open Mondays and Fridays 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hours will be added Wednesdays and Sundays once another veterinarian is added. Currently, Elton employs a groomer, three other veterinary technicians and a practice manager.
When interviewed May 1, the finishing touches were being put on his new practice. He had recently held an open house that attracted over 200 people and had his first appointment set up for May 7 with a cat owner.
Besides cats and dogs, he can also help a variety of animals including hamsters, gerbils and reptiles, but he does not accept birds. He will make house calls.
Elton grew up in Reno, Nevada, and went to high school in Connecticut. He ended up in Minnesota for his clinical work at the University of Minnesota and worked at a corporate practice for nine years in Coon Rapids before deciding to open Advanced Veterinary Care.
The veterinary field attracted him because of “the stability and the ability to work with pets, animals, and the enjoyment that comes with that and the challenges it presents.”
The most rewarding aspect of the job for Elton is when he can educate someone before they make difficult choices whether it be ways to prolong their pet’s life or deal with behavioral issues.
Elton has access to veterinarians who are certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in cardiology or orthopedic surgery. So if your pet has the misfortune of being struck by a car, Advanced Veterinary Care can be of assistance.
Advanced Veterinary Care is also certified by a California company called Vet-Stem for regenerative stem cell therapy. This is not embryonic stem cell therapy. The stem cells come from the animal’s fat that are cultured for stem cells and injected into the affected area.
Elton also offers complete health care packages for vaccinations, teeth cleaning and testing for heartworm.
Elton has been married for eight years and has a 7-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son. The family also has a 9-year-old shih tzu, an 8-year-old golden retriever and a guinea pig.
For more information, visit www.avetcare.com or call 763-310-3500.
Eric Hagen is at [email protected]