Cheryl Brady, owner of Vet Care Express, said she founded the Bradenton business in November because there was a big need for emergency transportation for sick and injured animals, reports Bradenton.com.
After helping a friend who had run over a dog, Brady began to wonder what she would have done if the animal had survived and needed emergency care. She remembered a business plan sheâ€™d written in a womenâ€™s studies course in college for an emergency veterinarian transport.
â€œLiterally light bulbs started going off,â€ Brady said.
In late 2009, she left her job, purchased a roomy, white van branded with Vet Care Express logos and emergency supplies such as a stretcher and transport cages.
Brady has transported about 50 patients in both emergency and non-emergency situations since she began taking patients in November. She also provides lessons on cat and dog CPR.
â€œI really think this is what Iâ€™m supposed to be doing,â€ she said. â€œItâ€™s really been rewarding.â€
With 40,000 registered pets in Manatee County and 60,000 registered pets in Sarasota County, one in three will have an emergency this year. This is a huge need and should provide more than enough business to keep her going, Brady said.
The only problem?
â€œPeople donâ€™t know it exists,â€ she said, noting that she has spoken to many veterinarians in the area and is beginning to receive referral business from them.
Photo by Bradenton.com.