Making a move — across parking lot

  • Veterinary Hospital of Lauralyn J. Brown announced it is moving to a new location, which is now undergoing renovation. The property, at 196 Millers Falls Road, is being renovated by Integrity Development and Construction of Amherst. Contributed Photo

  • The new location of the Veterinary Hospital of Lauralyn J. Brown is currently being renovated, with a projected completion date of early 2019.  Contributor photo

Staff Writer
Published: 8/9/2018 5:10:28 PM

MONTAGUE — The Veterinary Hospital of Lauralyn J. Brown is hard at work on its relocation to 196 Millers Falls Road, anticipated late this year or early 2019 after renovations are completed. The new location is across the parking lot from its current space.

The practice has been at the same rented space for 21 years, but decided to relocate after purchasing the neighboring building, said Practice Manager Cheryl Cote.

There are currently 11 employees at the hospital, including two veterinarians — Dr. Lauralyn Brown and Dr. Cheryl Mathein.

This move has been Brown’s dream for a long time.

“I decided when I was a kid, I wanted to be a veterinarian,” Brown said. “I went to Hampshire College for my undergrad and Kansas State after that, then I came back to Franklin County Animal Hospital. I got on my own and opened here, where I’ve been leasing. This is the next logical step, and I’m really excited. Clients are really excited.”

Brown said while searching for property in Turners Falls, a piece of residential property adjacent to the hospital’s current location went on sale last year and it was an ideal move.

“We don’t want to lose clients, so this is an ideal spot,” Brown said. “We’re actually going to be using the same parking lot.”

She said the relocation will help not only to retain long-time clients, but help get new ones as well.

“We’re at a stage where we can look to take new clients,” Brown said. “Dr. Mathein and I are capable of doing that.”

Brown said the new facility will have a partial driveway, a porch, a larger treatment area, two exam rooms and a more modern, separate surgery suite.

“This will help alleviate any of the bottleneck between rotating rooms,” Cotes said. “It’ll be more flexible.”

Brown said there will be a backyard for people to walk dogs before or after treatment.

The new property is being renovated by Integrity Development and Construction of Amherst.

Brown said she anticipates the hospital relocating late this year or early next year.

“We’re keeping our fingers and paws crossed that the weather cooperates!” Cote said.

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