Fear Free animal hospital opens in Poulsbo

Animals have no fear, AESC is here.

Animal Emergency & Specialty Center officially opened its doors at its new Poulsbo location July 21. The center is the only 24/7 animal hospital in Kitsap County.

AESC is a part of a handful of hospitals with a Fear Free certification. Fear Free is a program founded in 2016 and provides online education to veterinary professionals. The education allows them to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety and stress in pets through various methods.

As for AESC, they became certified and changed to calming colors and different pictures.

The patients can get anxious when they see pictures of other pets. We decided to not put pictures of pets up,” hospital director Patty Selvidge said. Another “one of the things we did was use a palette of colors that they recommend for veterinary hospitals.”

Even though the new location officially opened at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the staff has been working every minute inside. “It’s been a while but we are happy to be here,” Selvidge said. “What the staff does is something I can never do. I’m in awe of them all the time.”

The new amenities include specialty care, in-house laboratory CT, digital radiography, ultrasound, endoscopy, two isolation wards, designated feline ward, ICU, three surgery suites and more.

AESC, previously known as Animal Emergency and Trauma Center, moved to a new 12,000-square-foot veterinary emergency and specialty hospital in Poulsbo.

“I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am for this moment,” Selvidge said. “This has been a long time coming, and I have been so thankful that everyone was able to come today.”

The former location was at 320 NW Lindvig Way in Poulsbo. The new location is 980 NW Reliance St. The new home took time to find. It began with finding the perfect real estate.

“I can remember going to the building next door, and it was 6,000 square feet, and I said it was too small,” Selvidge said. “The funny thing is we were working out of 2,400 square feet and had been for many years. Now, this new building is 12,000 square feet. You can imagine the adjustment the staff has had to make during this time as well.”

Animal Emergency & Specialty Center takes pride in its mission to compassionately take care of each patient.

Animal Emergency & Specialty Center takes pride in its mission to compassionately take care of each patient.

AESC has expanded its doors from 2,400 square feet to 12,000 square feet.

AESC has expanded its doors from 2,400 square feet to 12,000 square feet.

Since the animal hospital is open 24/7, the new location has its own breakroom, including a fridge, oven, stove and more.

Since the animal hospital is open 24/7, the new location has its own breakroom, including a fridge, oven, stove and more.

AESC officially opened its doors to patients July 21.

AESC officially opened its doors to patients July 21.