Dr. Randy Custer (left), owner and veterinarian at Georgetown Pike Veterinary Clinic, and John Homan, COO of Seneca Hill Veterinary Company, are preparing for the merger that will occur in the next few weeks. Photo Nikki Cheshire/The Connection
The Georgetown Pike Veterinary Clinic is a familiar sight tucked comfortably in the Village, but next month the operation is seeing big changes. Come Feb. 1, the clinic will be merging with Seneca Hill Animal Hospital and relocating to Seneca’s facility down the road.
After more than 30 years, there’s reason for the change.
“It’s timing, for one thing,” said Dr. Randy Custer, owner and veterinarian at the Georgetown Pike Veterinary Clinic. “We’re outgrowing our space here, and this is a good opportunity to join a group down the road that’s like-minded as far as our philosophy in medicine is concerned.”
Custer said his clients and their pets will benefit from the larger updated space at Seneca Hill.
“Great Falls itself has grown up. It still maintains a small-town flavor, but it’s not the small town that it was 20 years ago,” Dr. Custer said. “The clientele is very sophisticated and interested in getting the best care for their pets. We’ve always tried to provide that, and will continue to do so.”
Both Dr. Custer and John Homan, COO of Seneca Hill Veterinary Company, expect the transition to go smoothly. “We’re very like-minded, we practice the same medicine and approach to pet care,” Homan said. They don’t anticipate a hiatus in service during the move; the clinic in Great Falls, VA will close during the last weekend in January, and business will resume at Seneca Hill on Monday, Feb. 1 as usual.
“We’re very like-minded, we practice the same medicine and approach to pet care.”
–John Homan, COO of Seneca Hill Veterinary Company
The rest of the veterinary staff at Georgetown Pike Veterinary Clinic is moving along with Dr. Custer. “It’s a change in the home, not the family,” said Homan.
“We’re excited beyond belief,” said Marty Veron of Seneca Hill. “Seneca Hill is a family operation, and we intend to keep it that way. Dr. Custer is just moving his family over to us.”
Seneca Hill Animal Hospital is located at 11415 Georgetown Pike.