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Affordable Services at New Animal Hospital Keep Pets With Families

Mission Animal Hospital opened Monday on Shady Oak Road.

Melanie Sharpe has been a veterinarian since 2001 and has spent most of that time working with shelters.

She went to Ohio State for veterinary school and then worked at the university’s shelter program upon graduation. Although Sharpe did spend a total four years in private practice, she was most recently a senior veterinarian at the in Golden Valley.

The Deephaven resident, who has a border collie of her own named Zorro, is bringing her skills back to the world of private practice, though. On Monday, she opened Mission Animal Hospital at 4338 Shady Oak Road on the Hopkins-Minnetonka border.

Sharpe isn’t starting her own practice on a whim. She doesn’t think there are many options for affordable pet care in the Twin Cities. While working for shelters, she saw many families struggling to keep their pets. Her goal is to offer critical services at a reasonable price.

“We’ll be working with shelters and rescue groups to try to maintain the human-animal bond,” she said.

Sharpe believes her experience in shelter environments allow her to achieve economies of scale that will keep her expenses down. At the Humane Society, for example, she was accustomed to doing many more spay and neuter procedures than a typical private veterinarian.

Mission Animal Hospital will then use those efficiencies to keep prices low and offer especially low-cost procedures for low-income families. It will also work with shelters and rescue groups.

Mission’s staff, which includes Sharpe and two part-time vets, is particularly well suited for such a niche. All have worked in shelter or rescue environments.

That doesn’t mean the customers will get second-tier services. The hospital has a cutting-edge digital X-ray machine, lab, surgery suite, table for dental cleanings and two exam rooms.

“I feel like our level of medicine is such that we could do anything for anybody,” Sharpe said.

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Mission Animal Hospital is in the midst of a “soft opening,” when it is taking walk-ins. It will have a grand opening from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 22 with an open house. Regular hours begin Sept. 23. Those hours are:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mission will continue to accept both appointments and walk-ins. To make an appointment, call 952-938-1237.

Jeff & Roby Patmore October 20, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Tomorrow will be my first appt. With one of my 3 male cats. Its sylvesters time to meet his new vet. Its about time that a vet cares more about the animals and owners then the money. You are a great example for people all over the world. You are truely a blessing to the animals. ( and a blessing to the owners who are struggling). God Bless to you and your employees.
James Warden October 20, 2012 at 11:37 PM
My wife and I took our cat there for microchipping soon after I wrote the article because of the clinic's approach. Great service!
Christina November 05, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Thank goodness for Dr. Sharpe and the Mission Animal Hospital. She performed lifesaving surgery on my labradoodle and our dog has recovered beautifully from the very technical procedure. We had been told by three separate vets that our dog's surgery would cost $3500. We were desperate to get her treatment and even considered giving her up to rescue. Then, I learned about Dr. Sharpe. The Mission Animal Hospital has the latest equipment and is run by a kind staff. Her services are very reasonably priced and her "green" program makes treatments otherwise impossible to afford-possible. And, not only did she perform our surgery at a fraction of what other vets cost- but she also performed additional work on our dog while she was anesthetized at no charge. Just incredible! Dr. Sharpe was very professional and patient when discussing our dog's treatment plan and the financial options she had available for us. Her wonderful demeanor is only matched by her skill. I highly recommend her hospital, services and staff to anyone without hesitation.
Val January 31, 2013 at 11:54 PM
How is the cost of this hospital compare to the other?
Joe Bingham August 29, 2013 at 06:06 PM
This is great! Oh, and look she has a pin and everything. This sounds like the animal hospital for me and my family. Too bad it's not a animal hospital in St. Paul, MN. URL: http://www.larpenteuranimalhospital.com/

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