It’s been many years since pet owners have enjoyed the convenience of a veterinary clinic in downtown Edmonds, but that’s about to change.
“I’m so excited to be opening my new practice in Edmonds,” said Dr. Chris Garg, VMD. “I’ve lived just down the road in Richmond Beach for the past seven years, and feel very fortunate to have this wonderful community right in my backyard.”
Garg grew up in the Philadelphia area, and there were always pets in his home. “I’ve always had a natural affinity for animals,” he said. “I love them, and they love me. My parents used to kid me and say that if I’m in a room with an animal, it will end up in my lap!”
He went on to earn a degree in geology from Syracuse University, and then returned to his native Philadelphia where he took a part-time job as a bicycle messenger while searching for permanent work.
“My brother had just graduated from veterinary school,” he said. “One day he point blank asked me why I didn’t go to vet school too since I was the family ‘dog whisperer.’ Well, that did it. Something clicked in my mind, the light went on, and I knew that was my path.”
He applied and was accepted at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary College, and graduated with his VMD in 2005.
After graduation, Garg worked as an emergency vet in several 24-hour clinics helping sick and injured animals. “I loved the work,” he said. “But emergency work is a challenging, emotional business. No matter how many you help, there are those you can’t. There are just so many sad stories.”
He moved to Richmond Beach in 2007, where he still lives with his 12-year-old bulldog/border collie mix Dee Dee. In his spare time he tinkers with his classic 1960s Triumph motorcycle (“my garage project”), earned a private pilot’s license, and volunteers as a search and rescue pilot with the Civil Air Patrol out of Paine Field. Since moving here, Garg continued as an emergency vet while planning to set up his own practice.
“One downside to being an emergency vet is not being able to develop long-term relationships with your patients,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to becoming part of the Edmonds community, getting to know the people, and providing lifelong care for their companion animals.”
Garg’s veterinary clinic, The Fifth Avenue Animal Hospital, will open later this year at 310 Fifth Ave. S. (just north of Arista Wine Cellars) in a new 4,000-square-foot facility with underground parking. The building was designed by the Architectural Werks of Kirkland and will be built by Edmonds-based Wilcox Construction
You can learn more at the Fifth Avenue Veterinary Hospital Facebook page here.
— By Larry Vogel