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Flowers Mill Vet Hospital: Family-run and focused care for your furry family members

by Tianna G. Hansen

There are only a few privately owned veterinary practices remaining in the Bucks County area, and none can quite compare to Flowers Mill Veterinary Hospital, based out of an old colonial style barn and operating since 1977.

Dr. John Widenmeyer is a Bucks County native and the founder and owner of FMVH, beginning with a love for animals from a very young age when he would help at his father’s veterinary practice.

His practice has evolved over the years into a thriving family-run and family-focused veterinary hospital caring for healthy and sick pets in the community.

They have a team of experienced veterinarians and surgeons prepared to care for sick pets, and offer kennel services when pets need to be cared for overnight or over longer periods.

Dr. Widenmeyer’s son Brad and daughter Kate, who also grew up helping with the practice, are prepared to take over in the coming future and carry on the family legacy.

Brad has a Masters in Business and Kate has a Veterinary Nursing degree and will finish up with her degree in Veterinary Hospital Administration next May.

All employees at FMVH are like a family too, and clients will receive this “homey” feeling when bringing their furry family members here.

The hospital administrator, Sue Hennigan, has worked on the management team for over 30 years, beginning with the practice in 1983.

Another member of FMVH is Nicole Young, who has been Sue’s assistant manager for years and will assist Kate and Brad with the future of FMVH. Nicole has a certification from the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).

Sue comes from a background of police work, and manages all employees.

Her main focus during the COVID-19 pandemic has been on ensuring the safety of everyone who works there, along with their patients and clients.

“We’ve remained open throughout the pandemic,” said Sue. “We began by doing curbside service which has taken us extra time but it ensures the safety of our patients and their families, and allows us to help ensure the safety of our community.”

One thing seen in the pandemic has been a spike in new puppies and kittens being adopted, which causes a higher risk for intestinal parasites that can be harmful for children.

“We recommend bringing in your new puppies and kittens for care as soon as possible,” Sue says. “Many pet owners don’t realize how many parasites new puppies or kittens can carry, and we like to keep everyone as healthy as possible.”

Vets aren’t often thought of as working on the frontlines of this pandemic, but the team at FMVH sure have been, and are continuing to serve families and pets during the Yellow Phase of reopening, and beyond.

“We are connecting with our patients again,” Sue said of working in the Yellow Phase. “Our doctors are able to go outside and speak with clients now, where before they would give information over the phone.”

They are keeping the curbside services open throughout June and are ready to adapt as state reopening guidelines change.

“We have extended our hours, because we need more time, but they are subject to change as the state begins to reopen.”

Current hours through end of June are Monday through Thursday from 9:00am until 7:00pm, Friday from 8:00am until 2:00pm, and Saturday from 8:00am to noon.

Flowers Mill Vet Hospital is located at 10 S. Flowers Mill Rd., Langhorne.

You can call them at 215-752-1010 for an appointment to make sure your furry family members are in loving care.

They serve Levittown, Morrisville, Croydon, Bristol, Yardley, Penndel, Langhorne and Fairless Hills.

Appointments are also able to be made online at flowersmillveterinaryhospital.com, but please call with any emergencies so you can receive quick care.

You can follow the vet hospital on Facebook and stay updated.

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