We believe our hospital rates as one of the best in Alachua County in the ability to provide the highest level of medical care for our patients.
In April 2010 we were accredited by (AAHA)The American Animal Hospital Association , a recognition of having achieved the highest standard of veterinary care. There are 16 animal hospitals in Alachua County and surrounding areas; only 5 are AAHA accredited.
West End Animal Hospital was established by Dr. Deborah Cottrell in 1986. We treat a wide variety of animals, including dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, rodents, small marsupials, non-human primates, and a variety of other exotic animals as well. Our doctors have over 60 years combined experience.
Our state of the art facility includes two surgery suites, an emergency ward, treatment areas, boarding kennels with separate areas for cats, exotics and dogs (indoor or air-conditioned indoor/outdoor), an extensive in-house pharmacy, and a digital x-ray suite (one of few privately owned fully digital systems in central Florida). In September 2016 we added a human grade Digital Dental Radiology system to out tool set. Our cutting edge in-house laboratory allows us to obtain fast diagnostic results when your pet needs it the most, rather than the usual 24 to 48 hour wait associated with off-site labs.
We offer our clients cozy exam rooms with in-room checkout, cable TV, and free WiFi internet access.
We see after-hour emergencies for our established clients, enabling you to see a doctor that is familiar with your pet.
We ran and funded a program called "Operation PitNip" that provided free spays and neuters for Pit Bulls for seven years. By the time we ended the program in April of 2012, we had spayed and neutered over 1750 pit-bull-type dogs for free.
We have raised and donated over $40,000 to animal rescue groups via our Poker For Pets charity program.
We are involved in bat rescue, rehabilitation, and education. In June 2015, we installed a new, large bat house in our retention pond. This house can hold 20,000 bats, Currently, we have so many bats that sometimes, they are visible hanging out from the bottom of the house during the day. We currently have no idea how many are in there, but it takes them 20-30 minutes to emerge every evening. Feel free to stop by any evening about 15 minutes before dusk to see them emerge (unless it's raining. They don't fly in the rain).