For pets, Animal Haven Veterinary Clinic is like second home

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Animal Haven Veterinary Clinic of Socorro treats pets with care and compassion as if they are their own, says veterinarian Dr. Pepita Wilkinson.

Animal Haven, located at 1433 NW Frontage Road, provides medical and surgical services to the community, she said. Wilkinson says she felt there was an obligation to stay in Socorro to provide the highest quality veterinary services and so opened the mixed animal practice in 1998. In 2005, the facility moved from its original location in a strip mall in town, and continues to offer services for each individual pet to make sure it is happy and healthy.

“We strive to provide the highest quality medicine possible,” Wilkinson said.

According to the Animal Haven Veterinary Clinic of Socorro website, the clinic offers biannual wellness health exams, dental cleanings, spaying and neutering for dogs and cats, and fertility testing. They also have leashes, collars and oral health care products for sale. The Haven also educates the public on how to care for pets and value pet medicine, she said. Wilkinson said the Haven will soon introduce alternative medical therapies, such as acupuncture, to its list of veterinary medical and surgical services.

Haven works with Animal Protective Association of Socorro and The Grizz Project to help with spay and neuter programs. The clinic also offers monthly specials to help with the cost and educate the community of important medical issues for pets, she said. Haven works with the 4-H Club, Future Farmers of America and school programs to provide tours of the facility. It is also a door opener for future career opportunities, said Dr. Dean Wilkinson, Pepita’s husband. Haven also employs New Mexico Tech students who are interested in veterinary medicine, she said.

“We are the only locally owned and operated veterinary medical facility,” Pepita said.

The Wilkinsons recommend community members take pets in for yearly exams for prevention and early detection of diseases or medical problems. Haven is also working toward preventing diseases. When they first started the business, the canine parvovirus and the canine distemper was a huge issue and now the Haven rarely sees those cases, she said.

“Our clients became our family,” Pepita said. “Education is important to us.”