June 10, 2020
Just as we thought it couldn’t get more challenging, the last few weeks have. We want to share our hopes for safety and sanity as the US navigates this challenging world together. As we pray that communities find new ways to respect each other and work together, please know that Newtown Vet has been hard at work taking care of our clients and their pets and preparing for the future.
We have a new Associate Vet!
In the middle of the pandemic, we are happy to welcome a new doctor to the Newtown Vet family. Dr. Melanie Tramontina (pictured above) is a 2020 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.
She grew up in Harleysville and has wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as she can remember! In addition to expanding her knowledge and skills with companion animals, Dr. Tramontina has a special interest in shelter medicine from her vet school experience with the Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society. She is also interested in internal medicine, ruminants (goats, sheep, etc.) and soft tissue surgery and will be training under Dr. Ireland to perfect her skills.
Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Tramontina enjoys running, hiking, doing yoga and spending time with her family and rescue critters: three cats (Dewey, Mono and Midori) and her pup (Dottie).
We welcome her and hope that many of you will get to meet her in the coming months as we work towards our new normal with all of you.
Stem Cell Banking
We are pleased to bring you a new opportunity to help your pet (dogs only for now) in the future. We have partnered with Gallant, a leader in animal stem cell banking to bring this non-invasive opportunity to you. Stem cells are typically collected during a spay or neuter and banked for the future. Through our partnership with Gallant we are able to offer our clients this service at a 35% discount from the standard pricing and the stem cells are ready for you if needed in the future.
Stem cells can form building blocks to help a body heal itself in a variety of ways in conjunction with traditional medicine. Stem cells have already been used in dogs to successfully treat ailments such as arthritis, allergies, eye issues and even ligament tears. Contact us for more information on this new opportunity for your pup!
Bucks County is now in the “Yellow”
While this move is significant for many businesses that have been closed during the pandemic, as an essential business Newtown Vet has never stopped working to care for your pets with severe restrictions on how we operate and what cases we can see.
Moving to Yellow loosens some of the restrictions for us but is still very restrictive. What we know today:
- We are still not allowed to perform elective surgeries or exams unless there is a medical necessity
- All clients must still wear masks and stay in their cars. We have added rocker chairs in the shade and water for anyone interested.
- We will maintain our split schedule to protect our staff and you by limiting potential exposure
- We ask for your patience as we deliver food & medicine to your car and use the K9 corrals to safely admit patients while maintaining social distancing
We are taking small steps to provide additional services for you. We have waiting lists for wellness exams, nail trims and elective surgeries (as defined by PA) and will begin to see the most overdue cases in the upcoming weeks. Our medical observation (boarding) service is supporting essential workers currently and will be expanded as the state allows. We will also start reaching out to clients who received reminders since March for follow up.
We ask for your patience and support as we navigate the next phase while balancing patient need with client & staff safety.