- Alameda East Veterinary Hospital
Alameda East Veterinary Hospital is one of the world's leading veterinary hospitals. It is equipped with state of the art technology and is considered one of the best intern places a future doctor can study in the United States. It is located in Denver,
Colorado, in the United States of America.
Alameda East was founded and built in 1971 by
Dr. Robert A. Taylor, DVM/MS. Taylor, at the time a recent veterinary schoolgraduate, was somewhat frustrated at the level of critical care and technological services that were available to animals in the private sector as opposed to the high-end facilities of a university hospital. Determined to bring this level of care and technique to the average pet owner, Taylor decided to make Alameda East a full-service 24-by-7 hospital facility, with round-the-clock staffing, an Intensive Care Unit, state-of-the-art surgical and radiological equipment, and internal medicine specialist physicians. The hospital first began 24-hour service in 1974, with Taylor and a handful of young doctors and veterinary technicians working virtually non-stop for months. The practice began offering internships to vet school grads to fill its increasing needs for staff and worked closely with the Bel-Rea Institute in Denver, Colorado, to offer residency-style positions to the Veterinary Technician grads from Bel-Rea. Within ten years, Alameda East had grown to become one of the top animal hospitals in the United States, and patients needing specialized surgical intervention that was often not available in small towns throughout the southwest U.S. flocked to the hospital for care.
In 1997, with the popularity of the NBC series "ER" on the rise, the cable network
Animal Planetapproached Taylor about doing a reality series based on emergency care for animals, much like AP's sister network TLC (TV channel)was doing with its new ER-based reality show "" Taylor agreed, and " Emergency Vets" debuted in 1998. The show became an instant hit on Animal Planet and at its peak alternated with " The Crocodile Hunter" as the network's #1 show. The exposure reaped great benefits for the hospital, exposing its work to a population outside of the American southwest region and attracting both patients and doctors to the hospital. First-run production on "Emergency Vets" ended in 2002 after Taylor began putting plans together for expansion of the hospital that would have been hindered by the constant presence of a TV crew on-site during construction. The network and Taylor kept in touch, however, and plans were made for future specials once the new facilities were completed.
In 2003, Alameda East Veterinary Hospital moved into a new facility just up the road from the original hospital, expanding an additional 32,000 square feet. In addition to the normal patient visitation rooms and cages of a regular veterinary practice, the new facility offers four state-of-the-art surgical suites, CT and MRI imaging equipment, a full-service ICU and pathology laboratory, a physical therapy suite, and even a top-of-the-line boarding facility called "Animal Lodge". In March 2007, Alameda East Veterinary Hospital and VCA Antech announced that AEVH will now operate as part of the VCA Hospital Network.
Alameda East has been featured in five shows from the
Animal Planettelevision network:
Emergency Vets", a series about the lives of Alameda East's veterinarians and the animals they treated, which aired first-run episodes from 1998 to 2002
* "E-Vets: The Cutting Edge", a one-off documentary produced in 2004, updating what had happened to Alameda East and its veterinarians since the original series ended
* "Emergency Vets 20 Most Unusual Cases", another one-off documentary produced in 2006, featuring 20 especially memorable cases from the original run of "Emergency Vets", including follow-ups with the veterinarians and the animal patients' owners
* "E-Vets: Things Pets Swallow", another one-off documentary aired in 2007, focusing on memorable cases from the original run of "Emergency Vets" involving swallowed objects
E-Vet Interns", a series that began airing in 2007, focusing on the lives of veterinary interns at Alameda East and the animals they treat
* [http://www.alamedaeast.com/ Alamada East's homepage]
* [http://animal.discovery.com/fansites/e-vets/e-vets.html Animal Planet's Emergency Vets homepage]
* [http://animal.discovery.com/schedule/episode.jsp?episode=0&cpi=111209&gid=0&channel=APL E-Vets: The Cutting Edge homepage at Animal Planet]
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