The Edmond Sun


July 19, 2012

Acre View Pet Hospital updates facilities

New owners celebrate 1st anniversary

EDMOND — Celebrating its first year under new ownership, Acre View Pet Hospital on Bryant is planning an open house for friends of the veterinary hospital. The open house will be noon to 2 p.m. today. The pet hospital offers full-service boarding for cats, dogs and exotics.

Complete with exam room, facilities for surgery, radiology, blood lab work and boarding, the pet hospital has been operating in Edmond since 1984 when it was built by Dr. Don Roach. Only one other doctor has owned the pet hospital, Dr. Margaret King, who retired last year.

New owners are veterinarians Dr. Kelly Barger and Dr. Elaine Ross, both of whom worked with Dr. King before she retired. The open house will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the veterinary clinic.

 Barger is originally from Waretown, N.J., (a small town on the New Jersey shore) and came to Acre View in May 2005.   

Ross is a longtime Edmond resident who “hung out” at the hospital when Dr. Roach was practicing. She graduated from Edmond Memorial High School. She has been with Acre View Pet Hospital for 14 years, and throughout her years with the practice, she has primarily worked as the resident surgeon.   

Both doctors received their DVM from Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Stillwater.

With a mission to improve the quality of life of pets, the two doctors have been busy updating the pet hospital while it has been undergoing renovation and equipment replacement to make the caring service given to its furry clients even better.

“One of the updates includes a light texture on the floors so our older animals won’t slip on the slick surface,” Barger said.

The updated surgery suites offer sleep apnea monitoring, the capability to perform EKGs and laser surgery including laser therapy, declawing cats and tumor removal as well as dental care for four-pawed friends.

New cages, new lighting and state-of-the-art blood work machines are also included in the make-over of the hospital.

“Our coagulation analyzer can check clotting and bleeding problems in pets,” Ross said, “and we can run a complete blood chemistry and blood count with just a few drops of blood with our new equipment. This is especially good for our smaller cats and dogs.”

The surgical laser also received upgrading modifications.

With a staff of 15 including the doctors, office staff, veterinary assistants and kennel technicians as well as Earl the clinic cat, the pet hospital is a one-stop shop for Edmond and surrounding areas’ animals needing care.

“We think we have the greatest staff,” Dr. Ross said. “Each one is very compassionate, they like what they do and they want to be here.”

Elaine is married to Phil Ross, who is an accountant with the Oklahoma City Surgical Hospital. Kelly’s husband, Rusty Barger, works for the FAA.

Acre View Pet Hospital is at 1900 S. Bryant Ave. For more information, call 348-0808 or email

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