New ownership now in place at Fort Malden Animal Hospital

 

Dr. Dan Watkin has sold the Fort Malden Animal Hospital practise to Dr. Beth Cozens. However, Watkin will remain a full-time vet there for the next three years.

Dr. Dan Watkin has sold the Fort Malden Animal Hospital practise to Dr. Beth Cozens. However, Watkin will remain a full-time vet there for the next three years.

By Ron Giofu

 

A change in ownership has occurred at Fort Malden Animal Hospital but the previous owner isn’t going away any time soon.

Dr. Beth Cozens has purchased the clinic from Dr. Dan Watkin, though Watkin will remain on staff full-time for the next three years.  The history between Watkin and Cozens dates back to when Cozens was in Grade 8 and Watkin came in to do a presentation on being a veterinarian.

“I stayed late and asked questions,” Cozens recalled.

Cozens eventually became a veterinarian herself in 2009 and spent three years in Calgary practicing horse medicine as well as working with small animals before returning home. She has worked in emergency situations and also filled in at the Fort Malden Animal Hospital but now she has the opportunity of running the practise herself.

“This has just worked out so well,” said Cozens. “I’m so excited to be a vet back in my hometown.”

“Beth and I reunited two years ago,” Watkin stated. “We maintained a dialogue. Very casually, Beth mentioned ‘if you ever think of selling the place, keep me in mind.’”

Watkin said the transfer of ownership presents “the right feeling, the right veterinarian and the right time.”

Watkin said the sale of the practise would allow him to get more time off than he had before.

“What’s vital for me is I’m going to get holidays and that’s what I haven’t had for a long time,” said Watkin.

Both Cozens and Watkin share similar methods and ideas and agree that it will be nice to bounce suggestions off one another regarding difficult cases. Watkin said he received positive feedback from people about Cozens and that helped lead him to feel comfortable with her buying the practice from him.

“We are both people-oriented and sensitive to their needs,” stated Watkin.

Having Cozens at Fort Malden Animal Hospital is “really a breath of fresh air for me,” he added, noting “the enthusiasm is palpable” around the clinic as a whole with Cozens coming in.

“If we didn’t get along on a personal level, we’d never get along as colleagues,” Watkin added.

The clinic also employs three technicians and a receptionist with Cozens stating she plans on joining the team, not shaking it up.

“There’s not going to be massive changes,” said Cozens. “It’s a great team to get to be a part of.”

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