Veterinarian Kim Bordelon decided to hit the road starting in September—and she brings her clinic with her. HousePaws Mobile Veterinary Clinic, PLLC will travel to homes in a 40-mile radius from her home base in West Knoxville for small animal vet care—dogs and cats. She says as far as she knows she’s the only full-service mobile clinic in this area, offering sick pet exams, preventive care, digital X-rays, blood work, minor surgeries like spays and neuters, dental cleaning, and at-home euthanasia. Bordelon, who earned her doctorate at University of Tennessee’s veterinary school in 2006, says the business is doing well, particularly after some recent advertising, and that the clinic is particularly appealing to multiple-pet households. “It’s still slow some days, but our phone is really starting to ring,” she says.
The medical equipment she totes with her requires a giant vehicle, which Bordelon doesn’t even pretend is economical. “The gas mileage? Not very good. Maybe 10 miles per gallon. On a good day.” She and two veterinary assistants work until 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for the after-work crowd, but HousePaws is not a substitute for an emergency clinic, she says. “In a true emergency, you don’t need a mobile clinic, you need a veterinary hospital.”