If an animal needs medical attention in or around Boone, N.C., chances are that Dr. David Linzey and his team at the Animal Emergency & Pet Care Clinic of the High Country can handle it.
Linzey, a 1994 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine, moved to Boone in 2005 to open a clinic dedicated to emergency care. If an animal needed help at night, on weekends or during a holiday, Linzey’s clinic could take care of it.
About three years ago, the clinic expanded to become an around-the-clock animal hospital. It added equipment not found in many animal clinics, from a large ultrasound unit to a dental x-ray unit. The clinic has a therapeutic laser that can be used to stimulate tissue and heal wounds and can use stem cell regenerative therapy to help treat conditions such as arthritis in older dogs.
The clinic also still handles emergency care, which can lead to treating anything from a snake to a hedgehog. “We don’t profess to be experts, but we do the best that we can,” he says. He says dogs and cats stil make up 90-95 of the clinic’s business.
Linzey’s clinic now has six full-time and two part-time veterinarians and, in 2011, they moved into a new facility designed to look like a mountain lodge.
“We’ve actually grown quite substantially since we moved,” says Linzey. “The daytime practice has gotten a little bit busier than our emergency practice.”
Linzey is also active with the N.C. Veterinary Medical Association, having recently been elected president of the organization. “Primarily, our focus is to make sure our members are served well,” he says.
That includes hosting continuing education conferences and monitoring the General Assembly for bills that might impact veterinarians, from a proposed tax on rabies vaccinations to the regulation of what are known as puppy mills.
“The last couple of years, legislative concerns have come to the forefront,” Linzey says.