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PET HAPPENINGS November 2014

Mill Creek Animal Hospital
Reviewed by Jessica Turquette co-owner of Moab BARKery

Moab is a small town yet we have many amenities that would make larger cities envious. That’s part of what makes Moab great, it’s not all beautiful landscapes and wilderness! We have been blessed with multiple veterinary services for many years now, so when the Dog and Cat Clinic closed late last year there was a large burden placed on Moab Veterinary Clinic with the whole demand of Moab’s animal care. It has been a year since the closure and MVC has expanded their services tremendously to cover San Juan County and Green River, as well as taken on two new vets to cover the needs of our area.

Now with much anticipation Mill Creek Animal Hospital with be opening in the previously known Dog and Cat Clinic space with a new look and expanded services as well as hours of operation. Opening in November 2014, Mill Creek Animal Hospital is headed by Dr. Scott Dolginow along with practicing partner Dr. Jen Davis. The clinic will be managed by Scott’s wife Pasty Wilmerding, and Veterinary technicians Katie Hack and Bethany Jakubik will be rounding out the team. The clinic will be open Monday through Friday 8 am to 5:30 pm and Saturday from 9 to 1pm. Emergency care will be available 24 hours a day. Services will include general practice, state of the art surgery (soft tissue and orthopedic), in house blood work with results in 15 minutes, and a digital x-ray system that allows for quick results and the ability to send information for consultations with specialists instantly along with over 30 years of knowledge and experience from an eager and compassionate staff.

Dr. Scott Dolginow comes to Moab from Aspen, Colorado. Born and raised in Kansas City, KS he attended Kansas State University Veterinary School, graduating in 1985. He is a general practitioner of veterinary medicine with a love for surgery. In Aspen he owned Aspen Animal Hospital for 23 years, just recently handing over the reins to two of his associates. Dr. Dolginow also created the Valley Emergency Pet Care (VEPC) 9 years ago, and still works with a team of specialists from this facility out of Basalt, CO providing emergency, critical and specialty care. He will be splitting his time between the three facilities, working mostly at Mill Creek and VEPC. He has been an active board member for the local humane society in Aspen, and has been taking a small group of veterinarians bi-annually down to Todos Santos, Mexico for a spay/neuter program helping reduce overpopulation problems. He had also spent the last two years implementing a similar program close to home for the Navajo Nation, helping make headway with overpopulation.

Dr. Dolginow first visited Moab in 1976, and was struck by the desert as we all have been. He has been coming back ever since and purchased a home 4 years ago to have a more permanent space here in the desert. Although he embraces the pioneer spirit of exploring and adventure here in the desert through biking, hiking, running and boating the desert has had spiritual hold as well. He looks forward to being an active part of our community, contributing to the people and animals here in the Moab valley and enjoying the amazing outdoors we have here in the few and far between spare minutes he has!

Practice partner, Dr. Jennifer Davis grew up in Southern California and attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Biopsychology. She began working at the Aspen Animal Hospital in 2000, starting as a receptionist and working her way towards becoming a veterinarian. It quickly became clear that her passion and interest were with the medicine and surgery being practiced in the hospital. After working as a veterinary technician for several years, she was accepted to Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. Dr. Davis completed her doctorate in 2009. Dr. Davis then went on to complete a rigorous one-year internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at The Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado in Loveland, Colorado. Her love of anatomy naturally led to a strong interest in diagnostic imaging, in which she has participated in numerous continuing education programs each year. She also enjoys internal medicine, with special interest in renal and endocrine diseases. Outside the hospital, Jen loves cooking, traveling and hiking with her Shepherd mix, Nutmeg.

Mill Creek Animal Hospital will be run by a well vetted support staff as well. Patsy Wilmerding has been managing Aspen Animal Hospital and Valley Emergency Pet Care for many years now and will be acting manager for Mill Creek Animal Hospital as well. Vet Tech Katie Hack has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley since 2003, and will be moving to Moab full time to help start Mill Creek Animal Hospital. She graduated from Colorado Mountain College’s Veterinary Technology program in 2005, and began working shortly thereafter at Aspen Animal Hospital. Katie has three rescue dogs (Rudy, Satchel and Crosby). Satchel and Crosby were adopted from the Aspen Animal Shelter. She also cares for one diabetic cat, Twister, and an aquatic turtle named Kosar. In her free time, Katie enjoys hiking with the dogs, hanging out on the river and biking. Vet Tech Bethany Jakubik has been a vet tech for seven years. Her initial degree from the University of Montana was in Resource Conservation (B.S.). Bethany, who grew up outside Chicago, has had the opportunity to live in many places over the years - Montana; Seattle, Washington; Maui, Hawaii; Prescott, Arizona; Winona, Minnesota, Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley, and now Moab, UT. Her outside interests include anything outside that she can do with her rescue dogs - SoSo, Lenny and Mingus - backpacking, hiking, mountain biking, trail running, etc.

Mill Creek Animal Hospital will be a wonderful contribution to our community and, they have expressed much love and concern for the well-being of our pets. We could not be in better hands with a convenient location, great staff and extended service hours. Please stop by the clinic and say hello, check them out through social media and the internet or give them a call at 435-259-2733.

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Dog Friendly Walks/Hikes in the Moab Area
Trail or Walk Difficulty Length
(one way)
Proximity to Downtown
MillCreek Pathway
easy 1.1 miles Little to no driving
Starts at 100 S & 100 W
Portal Overlook
(trailhead @ Jaycee Park)
Hard 2.0 miles 25 min drive N on US-191 to W on Utah 279 (4.2 miles)
Moab Rim Hard 3.0 miles
(to Hidden Valley trail)
8 minute drive 2.6 miles down Kane Creek Blvd from US-191
Negro Bill Canyon
(aka William Grandstaff Canyon)
Moderate 2.0 miles 10 minute drive N on US-191 to
W on Utah 128, 3 miles
Hunter Canyon Easy 2.0 miles 25 minute drive (mild off-road)
7.5 miles down Kane Creek Blvd from US-191
Corona Arch Trail Easy/Moderate 1.5 miles 25 minute drive N on US-191 to
W Utah 279 (10 miles)
Hidden Valley
(trailhead at end of Angel Rock Rd)
Hard 2.0 miles 10 minute drive S on US-191
3 miles to Angel Rock Rd
Fisher Towers
(trailhead 2.2 miles off Utah 128)
Moderate 2.2 miles 35 minute drive N on US-191 to Utah 128, then 21 miles

Tips for enjoying your time with your dog here in the Moab area:

  • Bring lots of extra water for you and your dog.1 gallon per day for every 60lbs of dog!!
  • Don’t let dogs chase wildlife (especially coyotes, they can lead dogs into an ambush).
  • In the city, dogs are required to be leashed, but on public lands off leash with voice control is allowed.
  • Slickrock and sand is very abrasive!  Check paw pads often, or buy and use booties.
  • If it’s over 85 degrees only consider early AM or late PM hikes, daycare or leave your dog at home.
  • Pack out my poop!  Seriously or the other hikers without dogs will eventually demand no dogs allowed!

To see past articles about animals, pets and their care check our archives.

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