UrgentVet aims to bridge the gap between primary practices and emergency vets by providing pets “relief for mild illnesses or minor injuries” while remaining open for nights, weekends and holidays.
Founder Dr. Jim Dobies got the idea to start UrgentVet after 10 years of operating a general practice.
“I received a lot of feedback from my clients about the lack of after-hours veterinary care,” he said. “A light bulb went off for me because we have urgent care in human medicine; why don’t we have it in veterinary medicine?”
Dobies added the emergency vet can often be expensive and include an extended wait when dealing with less-severe injuries or illnesses.
The first UrgentVet opened in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2015, and there are now 33 clinics, including locations in Frisco, Richardson and Prosper. Dobies said Plano was “on top of the list” of cities the company wanted to expand to next.
“Plano is an established area with a lot of families,” he said. “There are a lot of great schools, a lot of great parks and certainly a lot of pets.”