• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

VCA acquires Woodford Animal Hospital property

A sale of the VCA Woodford Animal Hospital property at 1325 Lexington Road will allow the company that owns the business to move forward with its intentions to build a new veterinary hospital on the property, according to Dr. Dale Eckert. The longtime veterinarian and his business partner, Dr. Lloyde Jolly, sold the small animal hospital property to Veterinary Centers of America (VCA) for $2.2 million on May 1, according to a deed filed in the Woodford County clerk's office. The sale also included VCA's acquisition of the animal boarding kennel property and business, which Eckert and Jolly owned until the May 1 sale. In 2008, Eckert and Jolly sold their small animal practice to VCA, but retained ownership of the property. The business (formerly Woodford Veterinary Clinic) opened as VCA Woodford Animal Hospital in October of 2008, Eckert said. As happened following the sale of the veterinary business, Eckert said customers will see no changes in terms of the veterinarians and other staff, who will continue caring for their pets' medical needs. By acquiring the property, VCA can proceed with its intentions to build a larger, state-of-the-art medical facility with more exam rooms "so we can provide better services for the clients," Eckert said. He estimated that the construction of a new hospital will likely not happen for a year or two. It will replace a hospital with portions of its facilities dating back to the late-1960s, according to Eckert. He joined the Woodford County veterinary practice as an associate veterinarian in 1978. He became a partner in the business a decade later. Jolly became his partner at the practice in the mid-1990s, Eckert said. Veterinary Centers of America provides primary medical care to pets in over 750 hospitals across the nation, according to its website.

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