Veterinary services in high demand as pet adoptions increase during the pandemic

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo — Close to 1 in 5 households adopted a cat or dog since the beginning of the pandemic, but finding medical care for our furry friends could be a problem.

Veterinary practices are experiencing staffing shortages nationwide including over a dozen Colorado counties, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Amigo Animal Clinic, one of just many vet clinics on the Western Slope lost some of its staff early in the pandemic.

Dr. Garrett Carrica, with Amigo Animal Clinic, says, “at the time of the pandemic, two veterinaries left to be with their families because when the pandemic happened there was a lot of scare. People were there from other places, they felt like they might need to go to be close to family.”

The clinic employs about 35 workers, ranging from veterinarians, and technicians, to assistants and receptionists.

One vet says the tone of the work environment makes all the difference.

Dr. Dominic Carrica, with Amigo Animal Clinic, says, “to offer the quality service that clients are used to and that we strive to give here at Amigo Animal Clinic and all the vet clinics across the Valley, you have to have the people that are coming in that are happy and healthy.”

Dr. Garrett Carrica also says, “that was once services that we actually add is curbside and we’re going to continue to keep that for clients that choose.”

With recent COVID-19 protocol changes, in-person visits continue at Amigo Animal Clinic.

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