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Wenatchee Valley Humane Society hires veterinarian.

After 49 years of contracting veterinarian services to local clinics, WVHS made the leap to hire its own veterinarian.

Chanelle Remien, DVM, joined the WVHS team as a volunteer and moved into the vet role on April 1.

Chanelle's experience ranges from high volume/low cost spay and neuter clinics to private practice with gold level service. Her passion is for shelter medicine and she is excited to get the new surgery suite set up, which is expected to be ready sometime in May. She and her husband are relocating from the Snohomish area.

Medical care for shelter pets is one of the largest expenses for WVHS, located at 1474 S. Wenatchee Ave., Wenatchee. In 2015 veterinary costs were nearly $200,000.

According to a press release issued by WVHS, hiring a veterinarian may save some costs, however the decision was heavily based on providing the best possible care for shelter animals and increasing efficiency.

The process of transfering animals to a clinic requires a great deal of staff coordination including appointments, medical records and communication. "Loading a scared, sick or injured animal in a crate, then into a van, driving it across town and then carrying it into a clinic, where it is treated and then transferred back to the shelter is stressful, especially for cats," Executive Director Dawn Davies said. "Stress can lead to upper respiratory infection and other illness that will require yet more medical treatment and medication which ultimately decreases the animal's chance of being adopted."

WVHS will continue to partner with local veterinarians.

"We value and appreciate the support of the veterinarians in our community," Davis said. "Our own vet can do the basic exams, treatment and routine spay and neuter surgeries. But we will continue to rely on our partnership with local clinics to provide the higher level of care that they offer including x-rays, laboratory, emergencies and some surgeries."

Medical care and spay/neuter surgeries by Chanelle are planned for shelter pets only.

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Title Annotation:The Buzz: Newsworthy and notable events; appointment of Chanelle Remien
Publication:Wenatchee Business Journal
Geographic Code:1U9WA
Date:May 1, 2016
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