The Waterville Veterinary Clinic Story
The Waterville Veterinary Clinic began in the sixties as Alberding Veterinary Clinic and was owned and operated by Dr. Robert Alberding. Dr. Dan Gilchrist purchased the practice from him in 1996 and continued the clinic at its original location on Madison Street, working by himself full time and with Dr. Alberding part time. The clinic was built at its present location at 7383 Madison Street in 2002 or thereabouts. At that time, Dr. Gilchrist’s son James joined the practice full time after graduating from the St. Kitts College of Veterinary Medicine.
Today, there are seven full time veterinarians and 2 part time veterinarians and a staff of over 20 technicians and assistants working there. The clinic has provided 24 hour service since Dr. Dan began full time practice there and continues to do so. Our services have expanded to include surgery, routine health care and treatments, extensive laboratory equipment that provides rapid answers, endoscopy, dentistry including dental x-rays, digital radiographs with access to board certified radiologists via the internet that gives us reliable answers and expert second opinions within 1-2 hours, 24 hours a day; state-of-the-art gas anesthesia, 24 hour monitoring by overnight personnel, surgical laser for minimal trauma surgery, and therapeutic laser treatments for chronic arthritis and other injuries/infections. The hospital is located in beautiful central NY farm country in a picturesque rural setting on 25 acres of green meadows and woods. Brent Gilchrist, Dr. Dan’s youngest son is the practice manager and James is the chief veterinary officer now.
It has from the beginning been a family operation and continues to strive to be just that, both for employees and for our clients. In May of 2013, we joined the National Veterinary Associates, a corporation of over 200 veterinary hospitals around the United States, that allows us access to many more resources and expertise, affordable health insurance, and administrative and purchasing power to help keep our services more affordable to our clientele. Our goal is and has always been to offer the best care possible, and to be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Under our roof, if you have an emergency, no matter the time of day or night, and whether or not you are a client of the Waterville Veterinary Clinic, you are never alone.