2 veterinarians aim for state-of-art treatment New animal hospital will open this month

April 06, 1997|By Donna R. Engle | Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF

Two Westminster veterinarians will open a state-of-the-art animal hospital this month on what was once the last county-owned tract at Westminster Air Business Center.

The 2.7-acre site, once eyed for industrial use, will be the home of the hospital, which will contain many of the same sanitary features as a hospital for humans. It will be one of two veterinary hospitals in the county that meets the sanitary standards of the American Animal Hospital Association.

"It's as antiseptic as a human hospital," said Robin Kable, who helped plan the facility and is wife of one of the owners, Dr. John Kable. "We wanted to do the best."

John Kable, owner of Kable Animal Hospital, and Dr. Nicholas R. Herrick, owner of Bond Street Veterinary Hospital, bought the lot from the county last year for $135,000.

Kable had his eye on the lot at the Air Business Center, off Route 97 near the Carroll County Regional Airport, for five or six years. The county had been trying to market the site for two years after losing an industrial prospect.

In 1994, the county hoped to lure Freewing Aerial Robotics, a company that manufactures unmanned aircraft. The deal fell apart when county officials discovered that Freewing's proposed building would encroach on airspace.

The lot went back on the market, and Freewing took its operation to Texas.

The county purchased land for the Air Business Center nearly three decades ago. The county developed part of the property but sold all but one lot to a private developer in 1988. The center was annexed by Westminster in phases in the 1980s.

The center is past the halfway mark in development. Developed so far are 15 1/2 parcels, or 48.5 acres; 14 1/2 parcels, or 36.6 acres, remain undeveloped.

Kable said he would have preferred that the county had left a large barn on the property. The barn, demolished in 1993, had been used as a recycling center.

Kable said he learned to admire the barns of Carroll County when he tagged along with his veterinarian father, Dr. Charles "Doc" Kable, on farm calls.

"I've always wanted a barn to restore and use," he said.

Kable will be able to visit local barns on farm calls and hopes to take his four children along on some calls.

"Nick and I can do that, have our children with us while we're at work, not just have them see Dad come home tired from the office," he said.

The hospital's features include a seamless floor impregnated with anti-bacterial agents and separate ventilation systems so healthy animals don't breathe the same air as sick ones.

Surgeons will wear gloves, masks and gowns in the operating room. The doctors built a window into the operating room for owners who want to watch their pet's surgery.

Kable declined to divulge the cost of the facility.

He and Herrick plan to open a grooming and boarding kennel at the hospital this summer.

Herrick is one of a few local veterinarians who maintain a large-animal practice, and Kable plans to return to treating farm animals. The other veterinarian joining the hospital will be Kable's partner, Dr. Margaret Knoll.

The new partnership has a local history link. John Kable's father founded Bond Street Veterinary Clinic. He retired and sold the practice to his associate, Dr. Arthur H. Peck, while Kable was still in preveterinary studies in college.

Peck brought in Herrick in 1979 and sold him the practice when Peck retired.

Pub Date: 4/06/97

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