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Geneva vet clinic seeks to expand

GENEVA – A veterinary clinic with animal boarding will likely open in the space formerly occupied by Plass Appliances, 1881 S. Randall Road, Geneva.

Veterinarian Dan Markwalder, owner of Animal Care Clinic of Geneva, sought an amendment in the Eagle Brook planned unit development to allow a full service animal clinic, as well as a special use to allow a veterinary hospital with animal boarding. 

Aldermen acting as the committee of the whole Monday recommended approval in a 9-1 vote with 2nd Ward Alderman Marks saying he would vote no in order to keep it off the consent agenda at next week’s City Council meeting.

Markwalder previously operated as a vet clinic at 1115 Randall Court, and bought the Millbrook Veterinary Hospital, 1749 S. Randall Road, intending to combine the two practices, according to a transcript of his plan commission testimony. The plan commission approved his request in a 6-1 vote last month.

Markwalder said he wants to lease the space on Randall Road so it can operate as a full service animal care facility including digital radiography, lab, pharmacy, with surgical, dental and grooming suites and boarding suites for up to 77 dogs.

Markwalder told alderman he had a petition from 300 clients requesting a site for veterinary-supervised animal boarding.

Bob Edwards of RWE Management Company, which designs, plans and builds animal care facilities, said the eight-foot fencing would be solid without a gap so dogs cannot escape.

“Geneva has been a great community to be a veterinarian in and the need for a boarding facility under the supervision of a veterinarian is huge in this community,” Markwalder said. “We fully intend to build a state-of-the-art facility with cutting edge medicine and boarding and grooming under one roof.”

Markwalder said they would hope to open by January 2015.

Markwalder said the neighbors on both sides of the proposed facility, a dentist and a chiropractor, have no objections. 

A concerned neighbor in Eagle Brook is going to meet with him at his veterinary hospital in South Elgin so he can see what they are looking to replicate in Geneva, Markwalder said.

Markwalder also has clinics in Hoffman Estates and Algonquin.

Markwalder said it would be important to have animal boarding under the supervision of a veterinarian, because animals are living longer and have health issues.

“We have a lot of our patients with special needs – diabetes – that require the care under the supervision of a veterinarian,” Markwalder said. “It’s just a natural extension of a veterinary hospital.”

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