|Phase I of Outdoor Construction
The initial phase of a
major construction effort began in May 2011 with
detailed surveying, designing, and excavation for a new laneway system
and parking area expansion. The result: just under
a kilometre of cement curbing poured, two layers of highway grade
asphalt applied to a brand new granular base, the installation of
park benches on poured concrete pads, 16 antique
lamp posts along the system, parking signage, and an outdoor pet waste
disposal system. Despite the lack of
rain, regraded lawn areas were sucessfully reseeded .
|Phase II Pond Construction Completed
Over a 10 day period at the end of August 2011 excavation of a
nearly 2 acre pond adjacent to the clinic provided a major attraction
to staff, clients, and their pets alike. The
was 18 feet
deep with multiple bays and a peninsula to provide a home for varied
aquatic vegetation and wildlife access. Over 530 native
were planted after consultation
with the conservation authority. Although predicted to take a
year to fill, it was full to capacity by late fall. Phase III
will see the addition of larger
trees groupings, aquatic vegetation, and more benches for our patients
their owners to enjoy.
|10th Birthday Celebration to include
As we celebrate the 10th birthday of our clinic, plans are underway to
acknowledge the loyalty of our referring clinics by providing a series
of 10 continuing education lectures in the Spring of 2012.
the "gorilla talks", each lecture will be accompanied by a presentation
highlighting the important work done by our colleagues in the Mountain
Gorilla Veterinary Project in East Africa. Thanks to our Corporate
Sponsors, the talks will be open to all hospital personel.
|Conservation Award Nomination
We are honored to have been nominated for the Conservationist of the
Year Award by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority.
January 2012, the nomination is in recognition of having restored
approximately 30 acres of wetlands on our property, including creating
5 ponds. The planting of 14000 tree seedlings will commence in
2012 around the wetlands and will add to the existing 28 acres of
mature hardwood forest. All adjacent to our clinic and
for everyone's benefit.