Eureka Springs, Ark. (July 12, 2016) – Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) is proud to announce the Grand Opening of the Jackson’s Memorial Veterinary Hospital (JMVH). Everyone is invited to join TCWR on August 18, at 2 pm for the official ribbon cutting of the on-site veterinary hospital. Tours of the facility and refreshments will be offered to visitors after the ceremony.
JMVH has been specially equipped for big cats and bears, because of this the facility will only be used for the animals at TCWR. Much of the equipment had to be custom built to accommodate the larger size of tigers, lions, and bears. Normal veterinary facilities are built for household pets like dogs and cats and can have difficulty handling the massive size of exotic animals. Beyond just assisting animal care, JMVH will also expand the educational opportunities that TCWR offers. Currently, TCWR offers an animal care internship, but with the completion of JMVH, the eventual goal is to expand the internship program to also include exotic animal veterinary internships as well.
The new veterinary hospital is the culmination of years of planning, hard work, and hundreds of thousands of donated dollars. This veterinary hospital will give TCWR the opportunity to safely monitor the health of the nearly 100 animals that call the refuge home. Once open, TCWR will be able to perform surgeries on-site. In the past animals would have to be tranquilized and transported over 40 miles to their veterinarian’s facility.
TCWR would like to send out a thank you to the over 800 people who were inspired to donate for the project, with a special thank you to Maggie Whitt, Scott and Vicki James, K.Vansuevan – SMC Founder, Bill and Nancy Silvers, The Farrell Foundation, Fred and Sherry Sieber, Mari and Arnold Fagin, Jim and Candy Trogolo, Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust, In Memory of Margarite Borchardt, Amy Patterson, Terry J. and Janeen McGuire, IDEXX Laboratories, Martha L. Foster, Oak View Animal Clinic – Dr. Karen Sherman, James and Barbara Goldsmith, In Memory of Dianna Powers, Beverly Staedke, In Honor of Joann and Gus Ortiz, Holloway Construction, Inc, TCWR Board, Staff, and Interns.