Vets fetch spot for new West End clinic

Three cats (one is hiding under the bed) watch over the Photos by Evelyn Rupert.

A pair of kittens watches over the lobby of the Gayton Animal Hospital. Photos by Evelyn Rupert.

Some local veterinarians are expanding their practices and marking their territory in the West End.

Samantha Tisnado, Sara White, and Earl Willis plan to open John Rolfe Animal Hospital at 2312 John Rolfe Parkway in January. The group of doctors has a 10-year lease on the 4,400-square-foot space in the John Rolfe Commons Shopping Center.

It marks the third local venture that White and Willis have teamed up on, and it will be Tisnado’s second veterinary facility in the area.

Tisnado also owns Gayton Animal Hospital in the West End on Gayton Road. White and Willis opened Winterfield Veterinary Hospital in Midlothian in 2009 and in 2013 bought Fairfield Veterinary Hospital on Nine Mile Road.

Willis said Tisnado had outgrown her current practice’s space.

Earl Willis

Earl Willis

“For me and (White), we wanted to expand our service to the West End,” Willis said.

Willis, 42, said he wanted to add a location for his practice to a new part of town, and the demographics of the West End suited his business. The space was previously home to West End Latin & Ballroom Dance Club. The John Rolfe Commons center is anchored by Martin’s.

Willis said renovations and equipment will cost about $500,000 and are being financed by Essex Bank. Equipment for X-rays alone will cost about $80,000. Jim Ashby of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer represented the veterinarians in the lease.

The practice’s services will include wellness exams, exotic medicine, holistic medicine, surgery, dental services, ultrasounds, radiology, grooming and medical boarding. Beyond the usual cats and dogs, Willis said his clinics have also served pigs, birds, lizards and snakes.

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