On Christmas Eve, VCA Canada Alta Vista Animal Hospital announced that, ‘due to COVID isolation requirements and restrictions,’ the Ottawa location would only be offering curbside pick-up for prescriptions of pet food and life-saving medications.
On Jan. 4, Alta Vista announced on its Facebook page it had re-opened for “curbside service only.”
Alta Vista has 165 employees, including 30 veterinarians. The closure, CBC News reports, is the clinic’s first in 70 years of operation.
Owners of patients with life-threatening conditions are asked to contact the Ottawa Veterinary Hospital and the Ottawa Emergency and Specialty Hospital. Both local facilities will be running at higher-than-normal emergency capacity.
This story was updated Jan. 6.