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Posted on Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 5:58 a.m.

Animal Emergency Clinic of Washtenaw County changes name after acquisition

By Lizzy Alfs

The Southfield-based Michigan Veterinary Specialists recently acquired the Animal Emergency Clinic of Washtenaw County, located at 4126 Packard St. east of Carpenter Road.

Under new management, the clinic changed its name to BluePearl Veterinary Partners and will introduce specialty services, including ophthalmology, internal medicine and surgery.

The acquisition, which closed Nov. 16, came as a group of shareholders were looking to sell the Animal Emergency Clinic of Washtenaw County, said Jennifer Weaver, Michigan Veterinary Specialists hospital administrator.

“It was an opportunity to help expand our already expansive services, and it just made sense for Michigan [Veterinary Specialists] to assume responsibility for it,” she said.

She said the changes at the clinic will make it a more “well-rounded” hospital.

The new BluePearl Veterinary Partners is keeping the same employees from the Animal Emergency Clinic, and will probably look to hire more employees in the future, she added.

“Because we’re adding specialty services, there will be opportunities to seek new employees as well,” she said.

Michigan Veterinary Specialists, which is a BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital, has four emergency and specialty medicine hospitals, located in Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids, Southfield and Ann Arbor.

The clinics work in partnership with a pet’s primary care veterinarian, where the animals are referred to Michigan Veterinary Specialists for diagnostic evaluation or treatment.

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Thu, Dec 8, 2011 : 2:51 p.m.

I am glad they are keeping the staff. I have had occasion to take my cats in during emergency hours, and they have always been very friendly and caring. I'm assuming/hoping that they are going to continue as an emergency based on the other practices they own mentioned in the article.

Ann English

Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 11:52 p.m.

I didn't see a new sign over there when I went by yesterday. You're telling us to expect to see a new sign with the new name. Internal medicine, huh? I expect that progress is being made on catching cancer in dogs at earlier stages than was done 23 years ago.


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 5:23 p.m.

Will they still offer the 24 hour service?


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 5 p.m.

Ophthalmology... Our Beagle seems to have a vision problem. He likes to chase things including on a windy day - plastic bags (until he realizes it's not a critter). So he must need glasses or contacts.