by Ruby Arsenault
Employment Coach/Facilitator with the Tignish Employment Resources (ER) Centre
West Prince Animal Supplies – Pet, Farm & Tack Store opened in January. The store is the first of its kind in western PEI.
Owners Dana Ellis and his wife Priscilla, who is a veterinarian, also own West Prince Veterinary Hospital. “We were looking for ways to expand our retail section, so we could offer more than prescription food and a few pet necessities,” says Dana.
“Our veterinary hospital did not have enough space to accommodate all the products we wanted to offer,” says Dana. “We decided to seek out a second location and open a separate and independent pet supplies store, where we could offer everything needed for pet owners and equine enthusiasts.
“I definitely feel there is a need to have this business locally,” says Dana. “The number of pets and the variety of species in West Prince is astonishing!
“So many people had to travel out of West Prince to get the supplies they need to keep their pets happy and healthy. And many horse owners are in need of riding equipment and other equine products.
“So, we are hoping we can stock everything needed to care for dogs, cats, fish, birds, pocket pets, rabbits and reptiles. We sell food, treats, toys, habitats, grooming supplies, and bedding. We will also be offering tack and horse supplies and some farm supplies.”
Dana says the staff at the new store are ready to help customers determine what products best suit their pet’s needs. “We look forward to serving our clients,” says Dana.
About the staff
Two full-time staff have been hired, and additional part-time staff may be required in the future.
Hiring needs at West Prince Veterinary Hospital
The West Prince Veterinary Hospital in O’Leary is co-owned by Dana Ellis and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Ellis. Dr. Ellis is also a full-time veterinarian and they have operated this establishment since 2008.
The hospital offers many diagnostic and treatment options, outpatient care, and a variety of in-hospital services, including dental and surgical care, radiology, ultrasonography, acupuncture, and hospitalized care. They also provide a full range of services for livestock and other farm animals.
The hospital has nine full-time staff: three veterinarians, three veterinary technicians, two receptionists, one support staff, one part-time veterinarian, one part-time bookkeeper.
Future hiring needs
“We would welcome another full-time veterinarian and/or registered veterinary technician,” says Dana Ellis.
They advertise open positions on-line through Work PEI and on veterinary employment listing sites. Resumés can be forwarded to [email protected]
FOR MORE INFORMATION
visit West Prince Animal Supplies – Pet, Farm & Tack Store in O’Leary at 1777 O’Leary Road, or 902-859-2033, email [email protected]
Search West Prince Animal Supplies on Facebook.
For more information on West Prince Veterinary Hospital, call 902-859-2441.
Visit www.westprincevet.com or Facebook.