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House Calls a Thing of the Past? Not at Ashby Ponds.

September 2, 2011

At Ashby Ponds retirement community, a local veterinarian visits her mother - and a few four-legged friends!

ASHBURN, VIRGINIA - At Ashby Ponds retirement community, there are about eighty cats and dogs that need veterinary care from time to time.  Sensitive to this need, a veterinarian from Agape Veterinary Clinic in The Plains, VA, decided to help.  Katherine Buck Gray, DVM, visits Ashby Ponds regularly to see her mother who lives at the community; while she is there, she has agreed to offer veterinary services to the residents' pets.
"I can give vaccines and physical exams as well as treat ear and skin problems," said Dr. Gray.  With appointments made in advance, she can also bring a technician along and do procedures like nail trims, blood draws, and aspirates.  "It's nice to have a busy daughter who finds an excuse to come and see her mother once in a while, and provide a service at the same time," said Alice Buck, Dr. Gray's mother.
For residents who do not drive anymore like Dorothy Sampugna, the resident chair of the Ashby Ponds dog club, the visits by Dr. Gray are truly valued and appreciated.  "Where else would you find a vet willing to make house calls but at Ashby Ponds?" said Sampugna, owner of cherished lab mix, Brewster.
Dr. Gray comes to the community about once a month to facilitate annual exams, take care of minor medical problems, and answer questions. "I have had several requests to speak about geriatric problems in older animals," said Dr. Gray, who recently spoke to the dog club about Lyme disease.
With so many other convenient services provided at the community like the on-site fitness center, indoor pool, and hair salon, adding a veterinarian to the list of services is an added bonus to many of the residents at the community.  Dr. Gray will return to Ashby Ponds for house calls on Tuesday, September 20.
About Ashby Ponds:  Ashby Ponds, one of 16 retirement communities managed by Erickson Living, is situated on a scenic 132-acre campus in Ashburn, Virginia (approximately 30 miles west of Washington, D.C.).  The community is home to 600 residents and is filled with fascinating people and fantastic opportunities.  Life at Ashby Ponds offers a true sense of community and is an exciting alternative to the typical retirement community.  More information about Ashby Ponds can be found at: