Flushing Animal Hospital was started in January of 1981 by Dr. Scott Liggett. His goal was to provide a higher level of pet care than was routinely available.
By having in house diagnostic laboratory equipment he was able to establish a diagnosis and start treatment within hours of an examination instead of having to wait 12 to 24 hours to obtain test
results - a critical time difference for a seriously ill pet. The office was started by converting the family room and garage of an existing home while living with his family in the home itself.
Emergencies were taken 7 days a week.
An addition to the hospital was made in 1984 and in 1985 he moved his family to Main Street in Flushing to allow room for the hospital to grow. Veterinary staff was added in 1988.
Our goal has always been to help our clients in the best way possible. It was decided in 1990 that the best way to do this would be to offer complete pet services - an office offering veterinary
care, grooming, training, food, and pet supplies. After all, who should know more about proper care of pets away from home than a veterinarian? Existing boarding facilities were often no more
than a wire or cement cage. This addition was a unique and controversial idea at the time. It was often considered "unprofessional" for a veterinary office to sell pet food, pet collars, and leashes!
Bankers didn't know what to think of the project either because no one else had done it!
The new facility was opened in 1991. Clients loved it! They could bring in their pets and get everything done at once. They could even leave their pet at the hotel and have everything done while they
were on vacation! And a hotel it was. Indoor grass covered courtyard, television suites with windows overlooking the courtyard, individual exercise twice daily, lambs wool blankets and treats,
individual records of eating, and warm dry bedding off the floor. No more wet smelly runs for pets here!
Our need for additional space required another addition in 2001. We had the hospital completely redone with the addition of offices, consultation rooms, a library/conference center, a separate
isolation ward to keep contagious pets away from healthy surgical patients and an on-site apartment with video observation of the hospital wards to allow a staff member to be available at all times
to monitor critical care patients.
At Flushing Animal Hospital and Pet Hotel, as technology changed, so have we. Our laboratory equipment has been replaced several times. We added ultrasound. Our anesthesia has become safer. Our
computers and software have been replaced every few years. We can send photos of your hospitalized pet to your phone. We still listen to our clients. Our clients told us that the emergency clinic we
used didn't always meet their needs so we added Sunday* veterinary hours to our services to eliminate many weekend emergency visits. And we won't stop here. As you continue to tell us what you need
to help with your pets care, we will try and serve that need. That's our goal and our promise!
*Sunday appointments vary depending on client demand,
business, and time of year. Sunday appointments are not available at this time.