Community Veterinary Partners is proud to announce the newest addition to our family of hospitals: Fort Washington Veterinary Hospital. As lead doctor Dr. Jeff Berman says, these two organizations—both with a special focus on animals and humans—was a “no-brainer.”
Dr. Berman noted how important it was to maintain the “personality” of Fort Washington Veterinary Hospital while joining CVP. Ft. Washington is a four-doctor small-animal practice located 20 miles north of Philadelphia.
“We have been serving our community since 1972, and many of our clients are the grandchildren of people who have been using us,” he said. “To keep our ‘personality’ means the people and animals we care for can remain comfortable in the setting they have been using for decades.
“CVP has also been very cognizant of our relationship with our employees, many of whom have been with us for 15-20 years,” Dr. Berman said. “CVP worked very hard to make sure our staff would be taken care of the way they deserve.”
Working with a hospital as dedicated to animal welfare as Fort Washington was an obvious choice for CVP too. Dr. Berman entered veterinary care because of a very personal moment in his life. When he was young, his horse was hit by a car. His experience with the vet who treated his horse made Dr. Berman want to help animals as well. He worked as a vet tech in the Emergency Services Department at the Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine and was subsequently accepted into veterinary school.
In addition to his training in Western veterinary medicine, Dr. Berman stepped outside the box and recognized the value of alternative treatments for his patients. He became a certified veterinary acupuncturist, and in 2009, Fort Washington started offering traditional veterinary Chinese medicine.
The goal of our hospital is to offer as many modalities of treatment as we can,” said Dr. Berman. “Having the ability to use acupuncture and herbal medicine to treat — or supplement standard Western medical treatment — our patients means that I have the ability to expand my medicine bag.”
These offerings add to the compassionate care given by Dr. Berman, Dr. Lance Horwitz, Dr. Andrea Orsher, and Dr. Janet Schultz, and the rest of the Fort Washington staff. That care also includes the convenience of an in-house lab, a home delivery program for medications, and a monthly newsletter for clients’ education.
“Fort Washington Veterinary Hospital is ecstatic about joining Community Veterinary Partners,” he said. “We are really excited to be able to learn from other member hospitals and to have the chance to interact face-to-face.”