Eat, Play, Live

Centre Animal Hospital serves pets and pet owners

Centre Animal Hospital veterinarians Dr. Renee Calvert, left, and Dr. Debra Smart pose outside of the State College facility.
Centre Animal Hospital veterinarians Dr. Renee Calvert, left, and Dr. Debra Smart pose outside of the State College facility. Photo provided

Editor’s note: This story is part of the Eat, Play, Live special section.

Q: How long have you been around?

A: Centre Animal Hospital has been serving pet owners in Centre County for 29 years. Established by Dr. Mark Michelotti in 1988, Dr. Debra Smart joined the practice in 2001 and Dr. Renee Calvert in 2009. In January, we purchased the practice from Dr. Michelotti, and we hope to continue serving our community for years to come.

Q: What do you offer the community?

A: We’re a locally owned full-service veterinary hospital offering well-pet and preventive care, a complete veterinary lab, digital radiology, ultrasound, soft-tissue and orthopedic surgery, laser therapy and complete dental services. We have five dedicated full-time veterinarians who work cooperatively to provide comprehensive care for our patients. We also have more than 20 staff members providing skilled nursing care to pets and personal customer service.

Q: What do you love about what you do?

A: The joy of caring for animals and the people who love them energizes us every day. The challenge of providing the best possible medical care to our patients and continuing to educate ourselves and our clients motivates us to continue to improve.

Q: What makes Centre County a great place to live?

A: Centre County is a great place to live with pets. The parks and all the natural beauty that surrounds us are wonderful places to enjoy outdoor activities with dogs. Centre Wildlife, PAWS, Pets Come First and other local pet rescue groups are very organized and work with us to provide care to sick and abandoned animals of all species. The community’s support is very inspiring.

Q: What’s on the horizon for the coming year?

A: We’re working hard to continue prevention and treatment of Lyme infection and other tick-borne diseases in our dog patients. Lyme disease is a local epidemic, but with canine Lyme vaccination and effective oral tick preventatives, we’re more successfully protecting our canine patients. It’s one of our goals to be a more feline-friendly practice, providing comprehensive care to more feline patients, especially indoor cats that may not receive regular veterinary care. We use fear-free colors and pheromones (smells) to help make veterinary visits as relaxing and comfortable as possible. Prevention and treatment of dental disease, kidney problems or other painful conditions in our feline patients is important to us.

Centre Animal Hospital

Where: 1518 W. College Ave., State College

Info: 325-9896, www.centre