There’s a new doctor in town... a doctor of veterinarian medicine, that is... and she makes house calls.
Christine Frenzel’s mobile vet van is being spotted across Caswell County, as she brings her services right to the doorstep of her clients.
A native of New Jersey, Frenzel is a graduate of North Carolina State University.
“I chose to go there because their veterinary school is the third best in the world,” she said. Even graduating with a 3.9 grade point average, it took her three years to be accepted into graduate school, because of stiff competition from so many other students who made 4.0 grade point averages.
But even before graduating, Frenzel worked as a vet assistant for several years at a busy emergency clinic in Raleigh.
“That experience provided me with great insight in the field of emergency medicine,” she said. “TI am very thankful for that opportunity, as it gave me a sense of ease when dealing with emergencies.”
She later spent more than two years at a small animal clinic in Danville, Va., where she was voted the No. 1 Veterinarian in a local newspaper readership poll.
She decided to open Frenzel’s Mobile Veterinary Clinic in 2012 after receiving many requests for home care.
“It seems as though many people these days would prefer for a vet to come to them instead of having to travel for veterinary care,” she said. “They don’t even have to leave their house.”
Frenzel said when she arrived at a home to neuter a dog recently, the owner asked if he could go back inside and have dinner while the procedure was completed.
“Many of my clients have never even taken their pet to the vet,” she said.
“But I’ll come right to them. I have no set hours. I’ll work any day of the year, if I’m available.”
Frenzel even did four surgeries on Memorial Day, right in her van.
The $220,000 vehicle is fully equipped, with a surgery suite and digital X-ray. She can do routine wellness exams, sick pet visits, vaccines, deworming, dental work, diagnostics, lab work, microchipping, custom euthanasia, and flea, tick and heartworm treatment, among other services.
Frenzel said she did a lot of research and was able to maximize the space in the van.
“It’s like a hospital inside,” she said.
The vet is also working with the local animal shelter.
“Two days ago, I pulled blood on 14 kittens, to send them out for adoption,” she said. “I was able to work it into [the shelter’s] schedule.”
Frenzel’s work with the shelter includes spaying and neutering, health certificates for adoptions... “anything they need me to do,” she said.
On the business end of things, Frenzel provides vet services in Caswell County, Burlington, Hillsborough, Mebane, Roxboro, and Danville, Va.\
She schedules appointment seven days per week and on holidays. She offers new clients a 10 percent discount. For home visits, in addition to the cost of whatever procedures she does, Frenzel charges a $5 base price for travel, plus $1 per mile. Payment should be made in full at the time of service, through credit cards, debit card, cash, or personal checks.
“And I’ll match any price on flea and tick medicine,” she added.
“I’m open to meeting the needs of the community; I just need to find out what they are,” said Frenzel.