Cloquet Animal Hospital has been in business at the same location for over sixty years. The hospital was originally started by Dr. Pattison and was a mixed animal practice. Dr. Jeff and Dr. Susan Abelt took over the practice in the 1980's. They decided to concentrate on only small animals in January 2000 the practice became small animal exclusive.
Dr. Jennifer Shepherd and her husband Paul purchased the practice from the Abelts in March 2007. The hospital continues to be a small animal hospital, dedicated mainly to the treatment of dogs and cats. Some staff members remain from when the Abelts ran the hospital but there are also some new faces. Our staff is very knowledgeable as well as very caring and understanding. They all share a love of animals and work well as a team.
When Paul first visited Cloquet Animal Hospital, he was inspired with the potential of the building and has been busy making improvements. If you haven't been to the clinic in a few years, you are sure to notice a big difference. The outside of the building has received a face lift and the exam rooms and waiting room have a fresh coat of paint and new furniture to make it a more relaxing and comfortable environment. Some walls have been taken down to create a larger treatment room and the garage has been converted into an in-house laboratory and pharmacy. The animal hospitalization areas have also been improved.
While Paul has been busy working to improve the aesthetics of the building, Dr. Jennifer Shepherd has been working hard to improve patient care and services that are offered. Dr. Abelt established Cloquet Animal Hospital as one of the only clinics in the area to offer laser surgery. Although Dr. Abelt took his laser with him when he left the practice, we felt it was a quality service we would like to continue to offer and we purchased a surgical laser in December 2007. We have also updated our dental equipment and now have a state of the art dental machine, x-ray machine, and digital x-ray to properly diagnose and treat dental problems. Many other pieces of equipment have also been purchased to help us provide the best care we can for your pet. In addition, appointment times have been lengthened to allow more time with our patients.
Veterinary medicine is a field that is constantly changing. We strive to stay current and offer the best care we can. We welcome any suggestions you may have regarding changes you would like to see.