Following the BHB post January 2 that the Heights Veterinary Hospital at 59 Hicks Street closed without warning at year’s end, the Brooklyn Paper now shares the rest of the story.
Doc Richard Turoff told writer Natalie O’Neill that the November death of one-time co-worker and friend Bernard Wasserman, who lived above the business, prompted his decision to retire. “It seemed to be the end of an era. It’s a terrific neighborhood, full of people who take incredible care of their pets, but it’s time to go,” said the motorcycle-riding, earring-donning vet.
Before he adhered a “See Ya” sign to the door Jan. 1, Turoff transferred all pet patient files to Atlantic Animal Care on 85 Atlantic Street.
Turoff took over the animal hospital, first owned by Wasserman, in 1985, after the two vets had worked together for four years. When the latter died, the doc said he was ready to transition. “I was torn at first,” he said. “But it’s time to move on.” The Brooklyn Paper reports he will spend now time studying zoo medicine and hanging out with his cat at home in Prospect Park South.