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Member Spotlight - Springfield Animal Hospital

Business Spotlight: Springfield Animal Hospital

by Springfield Chamber Volunteer

For Release 2nd Week of June, 2016

Contact: Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce


Business Spotlight: Springfield Animal Hospital

by Springfield Chamber Volunteer

The Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Springfield Reporter are teaming up to bring you a column highlighting member businesses, chosen by lottery, within the region. Articles will be written by Chamber volunteers.

With the cage open, the barred owl hesitated, then flew away and soared over the tree line. After performing two surgeries on the owl as a volunteer veterinarian for VINS, Tony Castrignano, DVM, felt uplifted knowing that the bird’s suffering was finally over. Another day, at Springfield Animal Hospital, emergency surgery for a dog with a spontaneous twisted stomach prevented an agonizing death. These, and other victories, are fond memories that make Tony proud to do what he does.

A lifelong love of pets and being a veterinary assistant during high school and summers during college led Tony to his current career, now marking thirty years of service at Springfield Animal Hospital, 346 River Street. A total of 18 full-time and a few additional part-time employees are headed by veterinarians Tony Castrignano, Laurie Livingston, Dena Meehan, and Brad Temple (DVMs). An atmosphere of caring and compassion emanates amongst the staff.

Springfield Animal Hospital serves small animals; usually cats and dogs, but other pets treated have included bunnies, hamsters, birds, ferrets, iguanas, pythons, and even puffer fish! Specialized equipment provides the latest in technology – for example, digital X-Ray and ultrasound imaging currently being used can be instantaneously shared for purposes such as specialty consultation.

Tony expertly shared some advice for pet care that can prevent suffering and premature fatalities. He encourages pet owners to schedule annual checkups (semi-annual for “senior” pets,) and recommended vaccinations. Specialty referrals and disease management can be expensive. Consider purchasing health insurance, especially for particular breeds of dogs, so that development of later problems can be more affordable. Diligence with flea and tick prevention is crucial to preventing Lyme disease. Owners should also avoid pitfalls in home care; certain medications like Tylenol could be fatal for cats. Instead of taking a gamble, clients should contact the Veterinarian on call for guidance.

When asked about the most rewarding aspect of his job, Tony smiles and talks about the satisfaction of helping animals in distress and seeing them come back happy and free of pain. “Each pet is so important,” he explains. A member of the Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce for over 29 years, Springfield Animal Hospital is committed to the region and proud of the high quality of animal care provided to this community.

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