The tale of NorthStar VETS began once upon a time...over 15 years ago when I passed my surgery board exams and launched my career as a mobile surgeon, traveling to up to ten clinics a week to perform advanced or complicated surgeries all throughout central New Jersey and Pennsylvania. It goes a little something like this…
In January 2000, Veterinary Surgical and Diagnostic Specialists (VSDS) was born, the name of my mobile surgery and diagnostic imaging company. I only had four employees that assisted me; one of them included my mother Linda. Business was phenomenal and my success led me to May 2003, when I could finally expand and so I opened my first practice: VSDS. One month later VSDS became a 24-hour veterinary emergency hospital located in central NJ. The veterinary hospital was 5,100 sq. ft. My staff of four grew five times to 22 medical and professional employees that provided Surgery Diagnostic Imaging and Dermatology Services.
Between March 2004 and November 2008 I added more and more veterinary specialty services including: Radioactive Iodine (1-131), Internal Medicine, Ophthalmology, Rehabilitative and Pain Management. I even started a veterinary technician educational series given by our own veterinary specialists.
In March 2009, a book titled "Finding Your Own NorthStar," by Martha Beck, inspired me. It is a tale about navigating one’s own personal journey and how the North Star serves as a beacon of light and guidance for those that are seeking their true direction. It was from this reflection that marked the beginning of a new era for my practice and veterinary medicine. It was from this that VSDS became NorthStar VETS, VETS is an acronym for Veterinary Emergency Trauma and Specialty Center.
A lot has happened since then. We have continued to grow, so much in fact that we are building a new 33,000 square foot veterinary emergency hospital in Robbinsville, NJ in Mercer County opening in May 2011. Below are some of the highlights that have helped us become the burgeoning 24-hour veterinary emergency, trauma and specialty center we are today. It is with great pride that I welcome you to NorthStar VETS.
At your service,
Daniel Stobie, DVM, MS, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
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