Tuckerton/Little Egg Harbor Leader

Rancocas Vet’s Tuckerton Hospital Coming This Fall

Farm Calls, Pet House Calls Already in Service
By Maria Scandale | Aug 02, 2019
Photo by: Supplied CUTE KIDS: Rancocas Veterinary assistant Taylor has her hands full with newborn goats as the vet takes care of the nanny. In addition to caring for house pets, Rancocas Veterinary has the distinction of caring for farm animals, including the Tuckerton Seaport’s menagerie.

Tuckerton — The building for the new area hospital of Rancocas Veterinary Associates, at 46 Great Bay Blvd. in Tuckerton, won’t be open until at least September, but the practice is already making house calls for pets and farm animals.

Rancocas Vet is a full-service mixed animal veterinary practice with animal hospitals in Mount Holly and Easthampton, N.J. The third location coming to Tuckerton is in a building formerly occupied by the Tuckerton First Aid Squad  and then Tuckerton Ironworks Gym.

The Southern Ocean County area is not new to the doctors on staff. Even before outfitting began on the Tuckerton site, Rancocas Vet already served the Tuckerton Seaport’s farm animals. Plus, it had a growing number of equine/large animal clients in the county.

“We offer house calls for domestic pets as well as farm calls for horses and livestock throughout much of south central New Jersey,” summarizes the web page at rancocasvet.com.

In Tuckerton, “We’re in the process of building out a brand-new full service veterinary hospital serving both domestic pets like dogs, cats, and pocket pets as well as goats, sheep, poultry, camelids, and miniature pigs,” added the veterinary practice owner, Dr. Matthew Edson.

Edson started the practice in 2011, and it has grown to include several other doctors seeing a wide variety of cases. Doctors Katie Porter, Colleen Roarty and Hanum Wensil-Strow all have interesting bios that can be found on the website and the veterinary office Facebook pages.

On the website and social media, Edson has outlined the Rancocas Veterinary Associates practice to tell new patients in the Tuckerton area what is available.

“Our practice strives to bring compassionate, modern veterinary care to our clients at affordable prices. One major difference with us is the wide variety of animals we treat.

“We’re also big on providing the latest in technology. Our offices are equipped with digital X-ray, ultrasound, in-house laboratories for immediate lab results, advanced surgical monitoring, fully stocked pharmacies and much more. We even have access to endoscopy for minimally invasive diagnostics, surgical lasers, and other advanced technology typically only found at larger referral hospitals.

“In addition to our general practice doctors, we have specialists in internal medicine and surgery available for management of complex cases right within our facility when needed.”

House Calls

In the Comfort of Home

The business does house calls for all animals. There are certain conditions where a house call can be easier on the pet (and the owner) than loading the animal in and out of a vehicle for the ride to a facility. Euthanization may be one particular instance.

“The majority of house calls we do now are either wellness exams, blood testing and vaccines, flea and tick control, and we also do some minor illnesses, such as an ear infection,” Edson said.

“It’s good for people who have a bunch of pets and don’t want to transport them, or for older people, or dogs and cats who just hate to be in the car.”

The advanced digital ultrasound equipment is portable and can be taken on house calls.

“We offer ultrasound services for companion animals like cats and dogs as well as large animals like horses and livestock,” Edson said. “As with X-ray, we use ultrasound to image organs and internal structures. Ultrasound has the added benefit of allowing us to closely evaluate the internal architecture of abdominal organs, the thyroid, musculature structures like tendons, and much more.”

Some veterinary cases are best treated at the animal hospital, however.

“If there’s something like a dog has been sick for a week and won’t eat, that would probably be something better seen in the office,” said Edson. “Blood work takes about 10 minutes and we have answers. Or if they are really sick and need more management than we can easily give in someone’s living room.”

The house call fee is currently $35, and after that, pricing for services is the same as what is charged in the office, Edson said.

Edson grew up on a small farm near Mount Holly. Before starting veterinary practice, he was a mobile intensive care paramedic for the Monmouth-Ocean Hospital Service Corp. He has been an adjunct professor in the science, math and technology department at Burlington County College.

He was also a past beach patrol chief for Long Beach Township and still covers a few mobile patrol or office shifts during summer weekends.

As a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captain and a supporter of the Tuckerton Seaport, Edson is spending some time captaining the new Tuckerton/LBI ferry this summer.

He and his wife have a variety of animal family members, including his horses, a miniature donkey, a mule, two sheep, two goats, three pot-bellied pigs, a Holstein steer, three golden retrievers, a dachshund, a dromedary camel and three cats.

Many Tuckerton-area residents welcomed the new service to the area when they saw the news shared from Rancocas Veterinary Associates’ Facebook pages. One animal rescue organization leader suggested extended hours for the case of emergencies, and that is one thing Edson plans on.

Until the Tuckerton office is completed, appointments are made through the Mount Holly office, phone 609-261-7280.

— Maria Scandale


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