May 11, 2015
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Animal Care Clinic of San Pablo is being recognized for treating both its patients and employees with care.

On Friday in Concord, the veterinary hospital at 3340 San Pablo Dam Rd was recognized at the East Bay Leadership Council (EBLC) Small Business Awards Luncheon for the numerous benefits it offers to it workers such as paid extended education.

That specific benefit helped Hospital Manger Carrie Gadek, who began with the clinic as a senior in high school 20 years ago, earn an Animal Science degree and obtain a Registered Veterinary Technician license. Gadek is now working toward a Certified Veterinary Practice Management License, according to EBLC.

Since opening in 1990, the clinic, which was named the City of San Pablo’s Small Business of the Year, has grown from a full-time staff of seven to 65, adding 23 positions in the last two years alone. Of the staff, 85 percent are full-time employees receiving medical and dental coverage, paid vacation and 401(k) matching.

animalcareclinic.5-11-1Animal Care Clinic was also lauded for its pursuit of 501(c)(3) status, which will allow it to obtain tax-free donations to better assist the community with daily surrenders and help local foundations shelter, treat and vaccinate their animals.

Last week, the clinic announced extended hours starting May 26, including the start of nighttime hours to address medical emergencies.

“We are in the process of finalizing the hiring and training of our amazing staff and are so very proud that we can offer these services to our dedicated clients,” the clinic said on its Facebook page.

EBLC honored the clinic along with 13 other small businesses at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Concord.

“Animal Care Clinic illustrates that a small business can not only generate profit and provide necessary value to an area but can also change the lives of those in its community,” EBLC said in a statement.

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About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.