Christmas Comes to Shadowridge
There were nearly 100 patients who visited Shadowridge Veterinary Hospital in Vista this past Saturday during the 10th Annual Christmas Party, an event that started in 1997.
All pets were allowed to bring at least one human with them. After all, itâ€™s the Christmas season and humans need to enjoy the season too.
This event was the idea of Dr. Jenny Shiebert, one of the owners of the Veterinary Hospital that is a state of the art treatment center for veterinary medicine. â€śWe love the idea,â€ť she says. â€śIt lets the patients come back and enjoy themselves and know that Shadowridge Veterinary Hospital can be a warm and fun place to come and visit. It doesnâ€™t always have to be vaccinations and surgeries. When they come here, theyâ€™re not afraid. The animals love to meet and mix with others and a lot of our humans have gotten to know each other over the years. Itâ€™s just grown each year. Besides being a treat for the animals, itâ€™s our way of thanking our human clients for their support and patronage over the years.â€ť
Dr. Shiebert has built a fantastic clinic which features state of the art kennels, glass see through walls instead of wire cages, with plenty of room for each animal. There is a total absence of the traditional smells so often associated with veterinary clinics. No overpowering smells of medicines and animal byproducts. The floors and kennels are spotlessly clean (floors are all tile and hand cleaned, several times a day) and each kennel has nice, warm, clean blankets for the various animals.
Dr. Shiebert recently acquired the Leavitt Animal Hospital, long time San Marcos veterinary clinic. Dr. Ira Abrams, the former owner of Leavitt Animal Hospital, but he has stayed on to focus on providing treatment and medication rather than business administration. Also staffing Shadowridge Animal Hospital, San Marcos, is Dr. Jenny Stewart, part owner of Shadowridge Veterinary Hospital.
â€śWe recognize that San Marcos is a rapidly growing community. Thatâ€™s one reason we were delighted to acquire Dr. Abramâ€™s hospital. We hope in five to ten years to build a much larger facility and incorporate the same decor and atmosphere in that facility as we have here at Shadowridge Animal Hospital, Vista,â€ť Dr. Shiebert said. â€śWe would retain this Vista facility as an animal hotel.â€ť
A California native, Dr. Shiebert has wanted to be a veterinarian ever since she was a little girl. Sheâ€™d always bring injured animals and birds into her home, sometimes to the consternation of her mom, and attempt to fix a broken wing or nurse an ailing animal back to health. Her mom saw this love for animals and encouraged her.
Young Jenny focused on sciences in high school and sailed through . . . took her undergraduate degree at Loyola Marymount, then off to vet school at UC Davis in Irvine.
â€śWe see about 75-85% women applying to vet school these days,â€ť she pointed out. â€śIt wasnâ€™t quite as common back when I graduated (1995) but we could see the trend. Itâ€™s a great profession for women and I encourage those women who love animals to pursue it.â€ť
As one gazed around the Shadowridge Veterinary Clinic in Vista on this colorful Christmas celebration, one saw huge dogs, medium size dogs, and small dogs, some of which were puppies. All were enjoying the attention and their neighbors. Not so surprisingly, the human guests enjoyed themselves as well.
The clinic treats dogs, cats, birds and most small to medium size animals. It features a â€ścat condoâ€ť just inside the front door . . . and always offers a warm, friendly atmosphere.
Goldie, a nine week old Chichuaha puppy, just one of the star attractions
Above, Sunny and Buddy, adorable Shih Tzus, ready for Xmas
The Christmas for Animals - with humans allowed to attend, all waiting for their photo with Santa