The couple's recent practice expansion in Mendenhall Valley includes the installation of
Southeast Alaska's only pet crematorium.
"As a veterinarian, I no longer have to tell grieving owners that their pet's burial involves a truck ride to the growing mound of trash in Lemon Creek," Rachel said.
Established in 2005 to meet the pressing veterinary needs for regional horse owners,
Rachel now travels throughout Southeast providing care for more than 200 horses. Contracted as the veterinary surgeon for various harbor seal studies with the State of Alaska, she has since obtained a Marine Mammal Stranding Agreement with NOAA. "When I tell my former classmates from Ohio that I work on large animals, I really mean it," said Rachel, alluding to her experiences with seals and humpback whales.
Courtesy photo Rachel Dziuba, veterinarian and co-owner of Bridge Veterinary Services, not only services large animals such as horses and whales, but also pet cremation.
With veterinary care taking up most of her time, Mike had been researching since last
January all the steps needed to make pet cremation in Juneau a reality.
"You don't have to be a veterinarian to obtain the permits and materials for this type of business," Mike said. He points out however, that a veterinarian owned and operated crematorium makes sense. "Who better to trust than a vet regarding your pet's final disposition?"
The Dziuba's can be contacted at 463-5022 or go online to www.bridgevet.com.
"We want this service to remain available and we are committed to providing pet owners with customer care second to none," Rachel said. "Pet owners have been so supportive of this service. The human-animal bond is very strong in Alaska."