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Dr. Pauline Knowles has become one of the Northern Neck’s most popular veterinarians by using a very simple strategy: She takes her veterinary clinic to the dogs, and cats...and sometimes hamsters and rabbits.
“There are a lot of people who can’t get out, or who do not want to take their pets to a clinic. Many animals are afraid of a clinic,” Dr. Knowles said. “So we go to them. We make house calls. And we also park our mobile vet van in Oak Grove on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.”
Dr. Knowles, who grew up in Cape Cod, MA, lives on her farm near Montross, with her 15-year-old son, Jerry. At the farm she has two dogs, five cats, four horses, two parrots, fish, chickens and honey bees, so she is well acquainted with the challenges and the rewards of raising animals.
Operating a house call veterinary service has been her dream since college. “When I filled out my initial veterinary application, I wrote that I wanted to start a health care service,” Knowles said.
After practicing in Massachusetts and Florida, Dr. Knowles’ dream came true when she moved to Westmoreland County in 2005, to be near her parents. Since then, her mobile vet van with the photos of a dog and cat on the side has become a well-known and welcome fixture to animal lovers and their pets in Westmoreland, King George and Colonial Beach.
“I can do everything right out of this truck,” said Knowles. “I can take better care of animals and make a veterinary visit easier on the animals and their owners.” With her assistant, Beth Johnson, of King George, Knowles can provide any needed veterinary service “except x-rays and grooming” right from the mobile vet van.
And, she has thousands of satisfied customers who are grateful for her ability to come to them. “I do surgery in the van, and I am able to be there for the beginning of life when I do c-sections, it is very exciting,” Knowles said.
“And sadly, also for the end of life when that become necessary. I go to people’s homes to help with the end of life of a beloved pet. It is so much more peaceful and caring for the animal.”
Dr, Knowles said living in rural Westmoreland County reminds her of her upbringing in Massachusetts. “I love this area,” she said. “It reminds me of what Cape Cod was like 30 or 40 years ago. We are in the country but close enough to get to a city when we want to do so.”
Dr. Knowles can be reached at 804-493-0838. She is available for phone consultation 24 hours a day. Information about her mobile veterinary van, which she said reduces the stress on your pet and provides more convenience for you, can be found at mobilevetvan.com .