Cumberland animal clinic to move to larger space

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CUMBERLAND — A longtime animal clinic broke ground Aug. 28 on an expanded facility due to open early next year.

The Cumberland Animal Clinic is moving just slightly – from 212 to 216 Greely Road. The clinic, which has been in business since the 1970s, was purchased by its current owners – Thomas and Lauren Netland, a husband-and-wife veterinary team – in 1984.

It has operated out of an old farmhouse, but “we just have outgrown our space, and so we’re tripling in size, pretty much, to this new building,” Marci Jouver, manager of the practice, said last week.

The clinic will double its exam rooms to four, and will “definitely be hiring on staff at that point, too,” Jouver said.

Completion of the new facility is expected in mid-January, and Jouver anticipates that the move from one building to the other will occur over a weekend.

“Most everything will be brand-spanking new,” she said. “It’s very exciting.”

Jouver noted that because the clinic is in a rural area of Cumberland, it has tried to maintain an appearance in keeping with its surroundings.

“We didn’t want to have this big industrial hospital in the middle of these beautiful fields and horse farms of Cumberland,” she said, noting that the clinic has worked with a architect who is certified in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, “so we’re really trying to make it a self-sustained building.”

According to a news release from that architecture company, Briburn, the facility will be 20 percent more efficient than average veterinary clinics.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.