Allen Twp. veterinary practice now open
Dr. Abby Gerenser recently achieved her dream of owning her own veterinary practice. Abby Road Veterinary Hospital held its grand opening Jan. 14.
“I am so excited to be able to bring my passion for animals and their health to the Northampton area,” Gerenser said. “It has long been a dream of mine to own my own practice, and now that it has become a reality, I cannot wait to get to know the community and their pets.”
The hospital is set up to provide care to cats and dogs, with the occasional pet goat and pig thrown in. The staff will offer an array of care options for their patients, including wellness checks, spay, neuter and dental surgery and procedures. The on-sight laboratory and pharmacy, as well as X-ray and ultrasound, make this hospital more than a clinic, but a full-service facility. The goal of the staff is to make all patients feel relaxed and comfortable while offering top-notch care.
The Allen Township hospital is located at 90 Atlas Road, in a former schoolhouse. The building had also been used as a church, concrete and drilling company and the home of Colonial Intermediate Unit 20. According to Corey Smith, practice manager at the hospital, despite requiring the erection of a few partitioning walls and quite a bit of cosmetic work, like tile floors and paint, the building offered everything needed. Smith said Gerenser wanted to be near her family yet closer to the Lehigh Valley, and she fell in love as soon as she saw the Allen Township building.
“Because there are no competing businesses on the road, it is a very safe place to get your pet in and out of the vehicle without the worry of a busy street,” Gerenser said.
The central location and exceptional neighborhood were ideal.
Gerenser didn’t want to lose the classic 1920s schoolhouse charm, so she made every effort to maintain the ambiance while updating the building. As an extra touch, each of the exam rooms are themed. One room is beach themed, while another offers an homage to Bethlehem Steel. A third room is set up to look like a barn.
To start, the hospital’s hours will be noon-8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
“The hours may be adjusted based on client need,” Gerenser said.
Looking ahead at potential growth, Smith said they would like to add more exam rooms and expand the operating room, as well as offer grooming services. There are restrictions on boarding, so no animals will be boarded at the facility. However, some animals may stay overnight to recuperate from surgical procedures.
Gerenser, a veterinarian in Saylorsburg, graduated from Delaware Valley University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in animal biotechnology and conservation. She then attended the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009 and obtained her D.V.M. license in 2013.
You can find out more about Abby Road Veterinary Hospital by visiting abbyroadvet.com.