TAMPA — Jacob Drewes and Meegan Panzarella are bringing something new to the world of South Tampa veterinary care.
The couple took over Bayshore Animal Clinic last summer and have added critical care services to the 27-year-old practice.
The vet clinic now is one of a handful of offices in the Tampa area that offers emergency veterinary care, 24 hours a day and seven days a week, they say.
“That is one of the major changes we've made that we're really excited about,” Panzarella said.
Bayshore Animal Clinic, at 2812 W. Gandy Blvd., also has services such as acupuncture and therapeutic laser treatments. But the critical care services is what the partners were most excited to bring to the practice. They set up a emergency telephone number for clients to call on nights and weekends, a service that has grown in popularity since the doctors took over the practice in July.
For some South Tampa residents, it is convenient to be able to take their pets to an emergency room that is only a few minutes away, Panzarella said. Just driving to the vet with a critically ill or injured pet can stressful.
Offering around-the-clock help to pet owners is a service they wanted to provide.
“Even if we don't have to come in, the fact that they can talk to us if good for their peace of mind,” Drewes said.
The couple, who moved to Tampa from California last summer with their two young sons, bought the veterinary practice from the late Stuart Rosenburg, a longtime local vet. Rosenburg selected the two doctors from a pool of five potential buyers, Panzarella said.
In November, months after selling the practice, Rosenburg died of cancer.
“We were lucky he chose us,” Panzarella said. “I have never met a more popular veterinarian. People just loved him.”
Linda Rodriguez brought her pets to the practice even before Rosenburg bought it, when the office was on MacDill Avenue.
Last week she brought in her 11-week-old miniature pinscher mix for a check-up.
“They're really good,” she said about the clinic's new owners. “A young energetic couple with kids. It's nice.”
Six months after their move, Panzarella and Drewes have settled into a routine at Bayshore Animal Clinic and a new home on Davis Islands.
Drewes grew up in the Clearwater area and the couple wanted their boys to have the same childhood experiences that he had. Their sons, 6-year-old Noah and 4-year-old Luca, often are in the office with them, watching movies or doing homework.
The whole family loves the South Tampa community, Panzarella said. And the couple is enjoying their new clients, although they don't want to see them too often.
“If they have healthy pets,” she said, “they only have to come in once a year, hopefully.”