The Fruit Valley Veterinary Clinic was originally a mixed-animal practice started by Dr. Myron Dimon (Cornell 1945). He built a small clinic at the current location in 1965. Drs. Susan and Eric Ehrhardt purchased the practice in 1990 and expanded the building in 1997. Today the practice is exclusively small-animal.
The Clinic- The working portion of the building is about 3500 sq. ft. There are separate entrance and exit waiting rooms, two exam rooms. The main treatment room has cages for recovery of anesthetized or ill patients. The x-ray room is shielded and features a digital radiography system, hand-held intraoral dental x-ray system, ultrasound console with 3 probes and an isoflurane anesthesia machine. The surgery room features a heated table, isoflurane anesthesia machine, radiowave surgical machine, warm-water blanket, high-speed dental machine, pulse oximetry, blood pressure and carbon dioxide monitoring. The anesthesia monitor can also track temperature & ECG. Adjacent to the treatment room is an auxiliary treatment room with a wet table. The lab contains a hood, centrifuges, microscope. A CBC analyzer, two Vetscans, one Vue, iStat and another microscope are located ...adjacent to the exam rooms. An isolation room (for infectious cases) is located in the basement. The clinic has a computer network with 9 work stations. The medical records are mostly paperless. We use Smart Flow for treatment worklist purposes. It is accessed through iPad and computer.
The staff currently includes 3 veterinarians (the Drs. Ehrhardt & Dr. Vicari-Mendez), two veterinary technicians and both full-time and part-time receptionists and animal handlers. The patients mostly include dogs and cats (about 98% of caseload). The remainder are a few ferrets, and pocket pets (rarely birds).
Our main emphasis is on prevention. We stress proper immunization, nutrition, parasite control, behavior management, exercise and accident prevention. We strive to provide evidence-based care, diagnosis and treatment. As our patients age, we work at diagnosing the many conditions and problems that even well cared for pets develop. We provide limited emergency service to our regular clients to best of our abilities. Our clinic assists the local animal welfare organizations. We do not perform orthopedic surgery or cosmetic surgery. We refer patients who require specialized care. Cornell is 75 miles away and some specialists are available in nearby Syracuse or Rochester.
We strive to help our clients with thoughtful decision-making. We are not part of a corporate chain. Profit-centers are not part of our vocabulary. We recognize that veterinary medicine has some conflicting motivations in deciding patient care and we try to do what's right. Today's environment is tough, but we try to be compassionate for our patients, clients and staff. The work is hard, but fulfilling and our clients are generally grateful.
Oswego is a small city surrounded by semirural towns. It has a great bookstore and bike shop. Oswego is on the shore of Lake Ontario and is within an hour of Syracuse. Housing costs are generally affordable. The region appears to have surplus residential housing as opposed to the general US trend. The local schools have been good for us. Hiking, biking, boating, and fishing are popular pursuits in the Oswego area. Our usual winter provides opportunity for snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing. SUNY Oswego is our neighbor. It hosts a superb public radio station. We often employ students from SUNY as part-time workers. They are excellent workers who are thoughtful and conscientious.