Banfield, The Pet Hospital of Western University, at 611 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif., will open to the public beginning Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009. Pet owners are encouraged to call 909-865-2433 to make an appointment.

Hospital services had previously been available only to WesternU students, faculty and staff, with some assistance provided to independent rescue groups. The state-of-the-art Banfield hospital opened in August 2008 as part of WesternU’s Banfield Veterinary Clinical Center, and the facility is now ready to accept outside clients.

“It’s a full-service hospital,” said Hospital Director David Clark, DVM, DABVP. “We’re going to offer all the services available at any Banfield hospital. The public will benefit from our experienced veterinarians, state-of-the-art equipment, and modern facility.”

Banfield’s hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, with drop-offs beginning at 7 a.m., and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Services include vaccinations, spay/neuter, microchips, surgery, dental exams and cleanings, flea/tick/heartworm control and more. Animals brought in by the public will be primarily examined by the veterinarians on staff.

“We hope students will be exposed to these cases, but primary care will be provided by licensed veterinarians,” Dr. Clark said.