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LOBBY:

Our Lobby Lizard (above) is an original tile mosaic artwork that was designed and installed by Dr. Kelli Kidd.  Lobby Lizard is over eight feet long and was crafted from hundreds of pieces of colorful ceramic tile that were installed directly into our slate tile floor.  Dr. Kidd has also crafted two other mosaic animal artworks in other parts of the clinic and more are planned.  Over the years, Dr. Kidd has built up an impressive portfolio of tile mosaic artwork.  For more information and photos of some of Dr. Kidd's other mosaics, please click here.

LOBBY/WAITING ROOM:

Our lobby is a little different.  The last thing we want is to have our clients walk into a sterile, clinic-type atmosphere.  So instead we have furnished it in a homey, artsy style with warm colors, plants, a slate floor inlayed with custom mosaic artwork, comfy couches, lots of wicker furniture, a metal art waterfall, and a large cat tree. A friendly receptionist will greet you at the check in window and you may catch a glimpse of one of our office cats sleeping on the copy machine.

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EXAM ROOMS:

We have two exam rooms, both with their own personality and theme. Both are equipped with computer terminals for rapid access and input to patient records. Exam Room One is smaller and is frequently used for examination of cats, smaller dogs, exotic and pocket pets. Exam Room Two (The Tiger Room) is larger and set up for exams and minor in-office call procedures (e.g. cryotherapy, minor skin lesion removal, cast changes, various rapid diagnostic procedures, etc.)

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IN-HOUSE LABORATORY:

Lab 1Our lab sits in the central hub of our practice. making it easily accessible from all the major exam and treatment areas. Five years of practicing in our mobile clinic taught us a lot about the efficient use of space. The stainless steel lab counter-cabinet was custom made for its location and purpose, and we are equipped to perform rapid onsite blood chemistry, hematology, urine and fecal analysis: the most commonly required and performed tests for veterinary medical diagnosis. But our laboratory diagnostic capability does not end there because we frequently utilize the expertise of outside veterinary reference and specialty laboratories including, but not limited to, Interpath Laboratory (Pendleton, OR), the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (Pullman, WA), Animal Reference Pathology Laboratory (Salt Lake City, UT), and the Gastrointestinal Laboratory at Texas A&M University.

 

SURGERY:

Surgery 1Probably the busiest section of our hospital, our surgery room is designed for efficiency and function.  The surgery room itself is completely new, not a remodeled room.  It is modular and was assembled from customized components.  A positive pressure airflow system reduces the possibility of floating, airborne, contaminants from outside.  It is equipped with a fully adjustable, hydraulic surgery table, complete patient anesthetic monitoring system, suction, emergency drug cart, circulating water patient warming pad, and all the usual accessories.  Surgery 2We maintain 15 to 20 complete surgery packs at any given time, and numerous small or minor procedure and drape packs. The relatively large number of surgical packs allows us to improve efficiency and flow during surgery, an important concept in our clinic (for more information please see our surgery page).  We have 3 autoclave instrument sterilizers available. Our autoclaves are in constant use and, like anything else that is used that hard, have the potential to break down.  Having three autoclaves ensures that we can adequately sterilize our surgical equipment in the case of a mechanical problem.  For more information on surgery. please see our Surgery Page.

In addition to the standard surgery packs, we have special procedure packs and instrumentation for orthopedics, laparoscopy, and large animal procedures.

Our surgery prep area is immediately adjacent to the modular surgery room and is equipped with all the necessary instrumentation and drugs required for pre-surgical examinations, induction of anesthesia, and preparation of the surgical site. We also have a dedicated, hands free surgical scrub sink for surgeon prep.  This area was recently remodeled and more improvements are scheduled for later this year.

DENTAL SUITE:

Dental 1Dental care is an important and often overlooked part of keeping your pet healthy. In middle aged to older pets, it is probably the single most effective modality for reducing chronic disease and pain, and for improving the overall quality of life. Our dental area is set up to provide basic dental prophylaxis and to treat serious dental pathology. It is designed to function separately from the rest of the clinic; it has its own anesthesia machine and dedicated dental instrumentation and work area. Dental treatment is performed on an outpatient basis; animals come in for treatment in the morning and go home in the afternoon. As a side point, our dental area reinforces our surgery philosophy in that it is located in a different room than our surgical prep area, does not share instrumentation, and we follow procedures to prevent the spread of dental bacteria to the surgical section of the hospital.

ISOLATION:

Isolation wards have a vital function in any busy veterinary hospital. Their purpose is to prevent the spread of contagious infectious disease. They are probably not mentioned very often as bragging points because who wants to admit that they care for animals that constitute an exposure risk for other pets, either hospitalized or outpatient? The simple fact is, however, that busy veterinary clinics are going to see and treat many potentially serious, contagious diseases; for instance, parvoviral enteritis in dogs and panleukopenia in cats. That’s right, we admit it. Now let us tell you how we handle it. Our isolation ward sits in the far back corner of our building away from the main traffic patterns inside. It has its own entrance to the outside, which allows us to hospitalize potentially contagious animals without ever bringing them into our lobby or any other areas of the hospital. It has its own shower and bath to allow us to clean sick animals without bringing them out of isolation. We gown up to treat animals in this area to prevent contamination of our clothes, follow decontamination procedures before we leave this area, and just take the whole thing very seriously. Our isolation ward is one of the newest remodeled areas in our hospital and, like the rest of our facility, we are not done improving it.

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Digital Radiography:

Kennedy Veterinary Services was the first veterinary clinic in the Walla Walla Valley to install a  digital radiography system, and we have been using this modality for years. Now our commitment to improved radiograph image quality has led to a complete upgrade of our equipment.  We recently installed a Cuattro Direct Digital X-Ray system, which is arguably one of the finest systems currently available.  With excellent image quality, cloud-based storage, and computer enhanced image retrieval and manipulation, we believe that we are able to provide greatly enhanced radiology services to our clients and improved medical care for our patients.

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