LAKE IN THE HILLS – From pigs to camels to venomous snakes, Jason Olech – a veterinarian at Chicagoland Mobile Veterinary Services – has treated a wide range of pets and exotic animals.
After nearly six years of seeing animals in the company’s ambulance and at clients’ homes, Olech is opening Chicagoland Mobile Veterinary Services’ first fixed site at 6 Miller Road, Lake in the Hills.
“We’re planning to set up our roots here,” said Olech, a Lake in the Hills resident. “This area is central to pretty much everywhere we go, so it works out well location wise.”
Olech said the facility will be different than a traditional animal clinic or hospital in that it provides more of a homey feel to tailor to anxious patients.
The space will feature an open concept layout so animals feel as if they’re at home, Olech said. Patients also are seen only by appointment to help eliminate a noisy waiting room.
Olech said he and Amy Bochenko, veterinary assistant with Chicagoland Mobile Veterinary Services, will continue to make visits to clients’ homes and businesses in addition to at the new facility.
The clinic will provide wellness examinations, laboratory testing, housing of animals who need intensive care and the administration of routine vaccinations. Olech also will work with animal care facilities and privately owned farms with natural disaster planning, bio-security consolations and walk-through site visitations, according to village documents.
Olech said the clinic can treat typical household pets, such as cats and dogs, along with more exotic creatures, including a variety of fish, birds, lizards, rodents and more.
Although the village didn’t allow for Olech to keep an American alligator at the facility, the clinic will house nine pythons, a gray-banded kingsnake, an Apalachicola kingsnake, three crested geckos and one New Caledonian giant gecko.
The animals serve as visual models for explanation to clients and medical procedure demonstrations and are used to collect scientific data, Olech said.
Olech said he hopes to open the clinic by the second week of February. On Thursday, the Lake in the Hills Board of Trustees unanimously approved a conditional use permit for the business.
A few years ago, Olech said he never thought the business would be where it is now.
The company had to stop operating in 2013 after a driver struck its vehicle and Olech wasn’t able to pay for the damages, he said.
“We had some really good support from our clients,” Olech said. “Everybody pulled together and they kept us moving. We didn’t really feel it was right to throw in the towel and give up on this, and I’m glad we didn’t.”
For information on setting up appointments, visit http://vetmobl.com.