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WHAT’S GOING ON? Next Door To Animal Emergency & Pet Care Clinic of High Country

Across from Sunrise Grill, excavation for the new vet facility continues off of N.C. 105. Photos by Jesse Wood

By Jesse Wood

Animal Emergency and Pet Care Clinic of the High Country is expanding.

Excavation for a new veterinarian facility has been ongoing the last couple weeks off of N.C. 105, along the bank of Hodges Creek. The building site is located between the current vet operations and the High Country Press office, which is also owned by the clinic’s founders, David and Debi Linzey.

In December, Mr. Linzey applied for two planning variances with the Boone Board of Adjustment to allow two driveways and a temporary disturbance in the stream buffer for more than 10 percent in length.

According to plans filed with Boone Planning and Inspections, the new animal day clinic is 6,440 square feet in size, and building uses include veterinary office/hospital and outdoor kennels. Plans also call for a loading zone in between the current and new facility, and more than 50 parking spaces across all of the lots.

The new development features about an acre of disturbed land. Enterline & Russell is the general contractor. Bill Dixon of Appalachian Architecture and Mike Trew of Municipal Engineering Services Company are listed in project plans filed with the town’s inspections office.

This expansion marks another notch of growth for the company. In 2005, the Linzeys established the Animal Emergency Clinic of the High Country, PLLC to solely provide after-hours emergency veterinary care. At that time, local vets operated on a rotational schedule causing a layer of confusion for pet owners in a moment of crisis.

In 2010, the company decided to add regular business owner routine care for clients under the current Animal Emergency & Pet Care Clinic of the High Country, PLLC, and then in 2011, the operation moved into its current home, the custom-built facility off of N.C. 105.

This site is located between the current vet facility and the office for High Country Press.


In the background is the current vet operation. Enterline & Russell Builders is the general contractor.