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Residents come out to welcome new veterinary medical center

By Staff | Oct 9, 2019

Miriam Atmani, Dr. Riadh Atmani, Kim Eckmeyer and Amy Pacheco. PHOTO PROVIDED

Members of the public and their pets came out to show support and attend the grand opening of Homestead Veterinary Medical Center, located at 21 Homestead Road, S., Lehigh Acres. The free, open house was held Saturday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Dr. Riadh Atmani thanked everyone for coming and welcomed attendees and their pets to come inside for beverages, snacks and the opportunity to both meet the hospital team and tour the new facility.

“We are excited and looking forward to providing veterinary services to the community. This has been a year in the making,” Atmani said.

Atmani has worked as a veterinarian in private practice and ER, serving Southwest Florida for more than 20 years. He was previously the Medical Director at VCA Animal Hospital in Orlando.

The opening marks a totally new beginning for the once occupied animal clinic site.

Dr. Atmani, technician Kim Eckmeyer and Little Bit. PHOTO PROVIDED

“It’s a fresh start. The entire clinic has been gutted. We have a specialized parvo virus care unit, an intensive care unit, full-fledged radiology, oxygen machine, boarding, expanded rooms and a lab,” said Amy Pacheco, veterinary technician and office manager.

Pacheco led owners and their pets throughout the various rooms and talked about some of the center’s specialized services including to parvo care unit, where infected pets are treated and kept separated from other animals.

After a complete tour, attendees were then signed in and received their pet’s complimentary exam.

Carla Elslager was one of the first attendees who brought her Rottweiler Lexi for an exam.

“I’m very excited to get a chance to see the clinic. I have volunteered with Dr. Atmani in the past. He is a very pleasant person,” Eslager said.

Homestead Veterinary clinic’s very first patient also came to visit and get rechecked by the doctor following a recent emergency surgery.

“Our dog Little Bit was attacked by another dog and the other veterinary clinic could not see him, so we brought him over the see Dr. Atmani. Even though they were not officially open, they made an exception and treated him right away. He’s back today to get his staples out and is healing well. We are grateful to him and his staff,” said Little Bit’s owners Victor and Jill Marquez.

The veterinary center also welcomed a few new feline patients throughout the day. The clinic provides a separate waiting room for dogs and cats to make it more comfortable for owners while they wait.

According to Dr. Atmani, and his staff, they are very excited to see where this journey takes them.

“Lehigh needs a place that’s not only affordable, but offers specialty surgeries without having go to an ER. Our goal for the future is to possibly open up as a 24 hour clinic,” Pacheco said.

According to Pacheco, they are getting great response already and people are leaving voicemail messages to book their first appointments.

“We want to make sure that no one’s pet is left untreated. So we will be providing people with payment options including Care Credit and Scratch Pay, which gives them more flexibility to make sure their pets get the care they need. We will also offer a special discount for our first responders,” Pacheco said.

The Homestead Veterinary Medical Center is located at 21 Homestead Road, Lehigh Acres. Phone: 239-674-7617.