Welcome to Right at Home Veterinary Care!
Our goal is to provide compassionate veterinary care for your pets in the comfort and convenience of your own home. We serve the mid-Missouri area, including Columbia, Ashland, Hartsburg, Rocheport, Jefferson City, Centralia, Boonville, Sturgeon, Moberly, and Kingdom City! Click here for a list of house call vet services for your dog, cat, exotic animals, or sheep and goats.
We understand that your choice in a veterinarian for your pet is an important one and a decision we want you to feel comfortable with. We love the relationships we build with clients and patients on a house call, so we invite you to meet for coffee (our treat!) to get to know each other and discuss our practice philosophy and our vet services.
To reach us, e-mail Dr. Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 573-639-9503. Our normal business hours are Monday through Friday 8 AM to 7 PM. We are closed on the weekends and most major holidays. If you reach the voice mail, Dr. Jones may be with another client, so please leave a voice mail or text message and the doctor will call you back as soon as possible, usually right away, but no later than the next business day.
In case of life threatening medical emergencies, please call the University of Missouri Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at 573-882-7821.
How is a house call vet different from an office visit to a veterinary hospital or clinic?
Does your normally sweet kitty look more like this after a visit to the vet clinic?
The most important difference is DECREASED STRESS both on you and your pet! Some cats don't come out from under the bed for days after the stress of being put in a carrier, transported in the car, having to be around strange people and other pets, and then being transported back home. That's even before the veterinarian and the staff are able to examine and treat your cat! Some dogs can likewise can be car sick or be very nervous or fearful at the vet. Transport can also be extremely stressful for exotic pets as well. Dr. Jones is experienced in animal behavior and will take her time getting to know both of you in the comfort and convenience of your own home. We also use a combination of conventional and holistic focuses in our practice. To get an idea of what a typical veterinary house call might be like, click on our general health and wellness page.
Convenience is another plus! Especially if you have other obligations such as young children that prevent you from easily taking a trip to the vet clinic, a house call where the vet comes to you can be a great alternative. If you are allowed to bring your pet to work, we can even come to your location! If you have multiple pets that need wellness exams, vaccines, routine testing, microchipping, and fecal exams all at the same time, this is a great convenience instead of bringing each animal to the vet clinic individually. And if you get together with friends, neighbors, family members, training club members, etc., you can have the cost of your house call fee split between everyone!
Since right around Columbia is fairly rural, many people are used to their large animal veterinarian coming to the farm and wonder if there is a similar service for their dogs, cats, and smaller critters. We see clients all throughout the mid Missouri area (Columbia, Boonville, Moberly, Jefferson City, and beyond), so check in with us to see if we can come to your home, even if you live a ways out. Barn cats and farm dogs still deserve high quality veterinary care!
Some patients are very large or are difficult to transport, especially if they have been sick or injured. Because we come to you, this eliminates the need to ask a friend or relative to help you load your pet into the car to the vet clinic if your pet is in a lot of pain, if you are not physically able to do so, or if you do not have transportation. We can even come to assisted living facilities where pets are permitted to live with residents!
Disease prevention, particularly for young animals that do not have the same level of immunity as older animals, is very important. Even the cleanest of veterinary hospitals can have unseen bacteria and viruses that your pet can accidentally come in contact with. As we can do a puppy or kitten's checkups, vaccine series, dewormings, and so on at your home, there is less risk of contracting a disease at the vet clinic.
If you or your family are allergic to animals besides your own pets, a house call in the comfort of your own home is a great way to avoid contact with other animals that might be at a vet hospital.
Because we can take a look at your pet's environment, it is easier to assist you in treating their medical or behavior issues right in your home rather than trying to communicate their living arrangements off site. This is especially true for exotic pets that depend heavily on proper nutrition and environment to stay healthy.
We also take end of life care very seriously. The decision to say goodbye to your beloved pet is never easy and many owners prefer their pet's last moments be spent in the comfort and privacy of their own homes instead of at the vet hospital. We provide a peaceful passing with our at home euthanasia services.
Dr. Maren Bell Jones started Right at Home Veterinary Care in 2011 with a vision for high quality, progressive veterinary medicine for dogs, cats, smaller pocket pets, and sheep and goats in the Columbia, MO area. She noticed in many practices, it not always possible to devote as much time to addressing the needs of the pet owners and their animals in a 20 minute office call. House calls with the vet are perfect for getting to know the owner and the pets in the comfort of their own home. In addition to wellness visits, our special interests in behavior, holistic veterinary medicine, nutrition, working dog sports medicine, and end of life care are very well suited for house calls.