The house-call veterinarian
By ELIZABETH GOLDEN
Jessica Braun has wanted to be a veterinarian since she was 6 years old.
"It was either that, or a cowgirl," she said jokingly. "I've had a passion for animals since I was little."
Seventeen years later, she left full-time veterinary work at a clinic and decided to take her services on the road.
Her business, Animal Health Center Home Care, is a mobile veterinary service dedicated to bringing animal care into the home.
"I really like the flexibility of doing home health care," Braun said. "If you're stuck in a clinic, you're limited by the amount of time you're allowed to spend with a patient. It's usually 15- to 20-minute appointments, and you can't cover everything with a pet owner in that time."
Braun specializes in preventative care and said she especially enjoys behavior counseling.
"If I go to someone's house, I have time to talk about what their feeding, what they're doing for exercise and other types of preventative care," she said. "I have flexibility and time to cover what needs to be covered."
She officially began serving patients in April and averaged more than 10 her first few weeks. Braun primarily serves pets, such as dogs, cats and exotic animals.
"Animals are only with us for a really short period of time," Braun said. "I want to do anything I can to make their stay more comfortable, which means healthier. They're going to enjoy their time here, and their owners are going to enjoy having them around."
For more information, visit www.animalhealthcenterhomecare.com.