Nine months after its first scheduled re-opening, the veterinary office at the corner of Hicks and Cranberry is throwing open its distinctive red door to greet the Brooklyn Heights animal-loving community.
Dr. Heather Thomson purchased the practice, long a neighborhood veterinary fixture, in November of 2013, and after operating for a year, closed for what was expected to be about a six-month renovation, with the grand re-opening slated for April of last year.
Instead, the office upgrade became a down-to-the-bones gut renovation that took more than a year.
“The last renovation was probably done 90 years ago,” said Jonathan Poplack, Thomson’s husband and the practice’s office manager. “This is a 200-year-old building, and nearly all the beams and joists needed replacing.”
The building also required a full electricity overhaul. Though the building held veterinary offices for decades, Thomson’s practice uses equipment that requires four times as much electricity as previous tenants.
Three vets—Thomson, Beth Balsam, and Suzy Ryan—will work from the office, offering basic veterinary care, dental procedures, surgery, acupuncture, and limited overnight medical care.
While the office was closed, the business was based out of an office in DUMBO while Thomson and Balsam did house calls and saw patients at Rocco and Jezebel one day a week.
To celebrate having a space of their own, the vets will hold an open house on Friday from 3-8 pm.
“A lot of people have been stopping by to see the hospital, so we wanted to have a time for them to come when we weren’t seeing patients, and meet everyone,” said Thomson.
Guests can expect drinks and snacks and pets, of course, are welcome.
The practice is also planning some future events specifically for children.
You can get more information on BHVH’s Facebook page or by calling 718 624 1200. The practice is open Monday – Friday from 9 am – 7 pm and on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm.
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