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Dr. Shana Loomis and her husband, Matei Bulgar, opened Milwaukee Vet Clinic last month. (PHOTO: Royal Brevvaxling)

Tosa native opens vet clinic near Dogtown Meowaukee (Downtown Milwaukee)

The people of Walker's Point and the Third Ward are well cared for in general and now the pets of the area are, too. Dr. Shana Loomis hung the Milwaukee Vet Clinic sign last month at 107 E. Seeboth St. on the cusp of the two neighborhoods and she is officially open for business.

To celebrate, Milwaukee Vet Clinic will host a Grand Opening Open House on Friday, May 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 4 from 1 to 5 p.m. The event will feature tours, raffles, give-a-ways, local brew samples from Vennture Brewery, tasty treats for humans and animals and the chance to meet some of the clinic's partner groups.

"Getting to know the owners is as important to me as knowing their pets. I believe the animals make the people but the people make the animals, too," says Loomis.

Loomis grew up in Wauwatosa and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison's veterinary medicine program. She lived and practiced in New York City for seven years before she and her husband and their 3-year-old daughter moved back to Milwaukee. Her husband, Matei Bulgar, handles the company's accounting and financial sides.

"This is where we wanted to raise a family," says Loomis, whose family also consists of three dogs and three cats, including this guy:

Milwaukee Vet Clinic is a full-service facility that offers pet wellness appointments, surgeries, dental work, training, packaged food and treats and serves as a pharmacy. The clinic has a "Fear Free" certification which means the decor and practices are designed to minimize the common fears some pets experience when visiting the vet.

To support the "fear free" concept, the space is light and cheerful, with pastel-painted walls, funny framed messaging (created by Milwaukee's Rev Pop, Inc.), lots of windows and plenty of treats. Loomis also encourages caregivers to bring their dogs in for a friendly visit in between appointments so they can get a treat and some positive attention and not always associate the vet with getting poked and prodded.

Loomis cares for primarily cats, dogs, rabbits, Guinea pigs and ferrets but she will most likely add chickens to the list because of the recent popularity of backyard fowl.

"I have loved animals and science since I was a kid and I decided in high school I wanted to be a veterinarian and that never changed," says Loomis. "We're really happy to be here."


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