HUNTERSVILLE — A Cornelius-based animal hospital had such a better-than-expected first year, staff hope to open a second, larger center by next year.

Owners of Main Street Veterinary Hospital announce plans for the construction of Hambright Animal Hospital, located at the intersection of Hambright and Statesville roads. Once everything is finalized, the groundbreaking of the 6,400-square-foot hospital on 2.3 acres is slated to take place later this fall with the target opening in April 2015.

Dr. Lori Hoe said the area is perfect for the new location since it’s growing with a lot of new development.

“We want to bring our brand to more people to experience what we’ve created,” said Director of Marketing and Business Development David Hoe. “We are just targeting a different demographic.”

Part of that brand is stated in the slogan “offering compassionate care expected from a doctor next door.”

Prior to opening their own office, Dr. Lori Hoe and Dr. Amanda Goodwin worked for East Lincoln Animal Hospital in Denver.  Main Street Animal Hospital celebrated its one-year anniversary April 15. Located in a renovated home, Lori Hoe said, they’ve had to make the building meet their needs, but that it’s enabled them to be an intimate family vet like people remember.

“It has much more of a family feel, but still has all of the bells and whistles,” Lori Hoe said of the current hospital, adding, “I love being able to know all of our clients and greet them by name, know their pets’ names and their kids’ names and be able to have a relationship with them.” 

The new animal hospital will provide all of the same services and state-of-the-art technology in addition to offering doggy daycare and dog and cat boarding, which it hadn’t had room for before.

People who don’t want to leave their animals home alone all day will be able to take them to Hambright Animal Hospital to play inside and outside.  For boarding, dogs will have separate runs to stay in at night, though they will be able to interact with the others during the day.

Cats will remain separated in private cat condos. They will be able to climb and have a window view to look outside while being on the opposite side of the facility from where dogs are housed.

“The benefit of doggy daycare (or boarding) at a vet office is they already have knowledge about food allergies,” said Goodwin, a Denver resident. “For diabetic patients or dogs with an ongoing chronic health problem, we can treat them.”

“And if they get sick, we are right there to take care of them,” Lori Hoe added.

Projected staff include 15 people the first year, with another 30 being added if growth trends are accurate.

“Even though it’s a lot bigger, what makes it so much bigger is the boarding and daycare facility,” David Hoe said. “It’s not so much the medical side that’s going to be so much bigger. We still want to maintain intimacy with clients. We just wanted more room to expand what we have successfully done here.”

Main Street Veterinary Hospital, 20306 N. Main St., in Cornelius will celebrate its one year anniversary May 3, with an open house 12:30-3p.m. Fork Restaurant will cater food. The event will also feature tours, a bounce house, face painting and teddy bear surgery for the kids. Dogs are welcome. Details: 704-765-1115 or www.MainStreetVeterinary.com.