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Affordable Services at New Animal Hospital Keep Pets With Families

Mission Animal Hospital opened Monday on Shady Oak Road.

Melanie Sharpe has been a veterinarian since 2001 and has spent most of that time working with shelters.

She went to Ohio State for veterinary school and then worked at the university’s shelter program upon graduation. Although Sharpe did spend a total four years in private practice, she was most recently a senior veterinarian at the in Golden Valley.

The Deephaven resident, who has a border collie of her own named Zorro, is bringing her skills back to the world of private practice, though. On Monday, she opened Mission Animal Hospital at 4338 Shady Oak Road on the Hopkins-Minnetonka border.

Sharpe isn’t starting her own practice on a whim. She doesn’t think there are many options for affordable pet care in the Twin Cities. While working for shelters, she saw many families struggling to keep their pets. Her goal is to offer critical services at a reasonable price.

“We’ll be working with shelters and rescue groups to try to maintain the human-animal bond,” she said.

Sharpe believes her experience in shelter environments allow her to achieve economies of scale that will keep her expenses down. At the Humane Society, for example, she was accustomed to doing many more spay and neuter procedures than a typical private veterinarian.

Mission Animal Hospital will then use those efficiencies to keep prices low and offer especially low-cost procedures for low-income families. It will also work with shelters and rescue groups.

Mission’s staff, which includes Sharpe and two part-time vets, is particularly well suited for such a niche. All have worked in shelter or rescue environments.

That doesn’t mean the customers will get second-tier services. The hospital has a cutting-edge digital X-ray machine, lab, surgery suite, table for dental cleanings and two exam rooms.

“I feel like our level of medicine is such that we could do anything for anybody,” Sharpe said.

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Mission Animal Hospital is in the midst of a “soft opening,” when it is taking walk-ins. It will have a grand opening from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 22 with an open house. Regular hours begin Sept. 23. Those hours are:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mission will continue to accept both appointments and walk-ins. To make an appointment, call 952-938-1237.

Tamara August 22, 2012 at 11:39 PM
YAY!!! Way to go!!! :) I am so excited to come see you and your awesome place!!
Geri Haner-Nelms August 23, 2012 at 01:58 AM
How exciting and what a great business model. Melanie is a top notch person and this will transfer over to her business, gauranteed.
Kim Peichel August 23, 2012 at 02:08 AM
So very excited for you! And for all the people who will be lucky enough to be your clients!
Candace Oathout August 23, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Thank you for making the decision to open here. This service is so badly needed to help suffering pets and their owners.
christine August 23, 2012 at 07:29 PM
The headline of this article sure caught my interest. I have a border collie that I get 3 different scrib's ,One I can only get at the pharmacy @ $183's a pop, The other 2 I can get at the vet but that's not cheap either, it's killing my wallet, I cannot get rid of my dog. Maybe this clinic will help and be a bit cheaper or have a better alternative to what we are doing now. :o)
Nancy Partin August 24, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Bravo Dr. Sharpe! The world needs about a million more like you. If even a hundred would take up your "mission" it would be wonderful! On behalf of those who have no voice, I thank you! Nancy :o)
Jessica Hower August 25, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Way to go!!! This sounds awesome for both pets and their owners.
Tina August 25, 2012 at 12:15 PM
We will be at the open house. This is perfect timing we were looking for a new vet and we have many four legged children. Cannot wait to meet you all!
Karol August 28, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Go to Sams club, you don't need a membership to use the pharmacy, you can call and they will give you the price over the phone, they fill meds for pets!
Kimba Smith September 03, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Amazing! Thank you for providing this type of care Mel. You should only wear black, white and gray from now on since you have thrown yourself back to a time before color TV. You rock All Creatures Great and Small...Kimba
Dee Yanta September 11, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Trying to find low-cost/free vet services and your clinic came up. I am so thrilled and will be calling you soon. I took in neighbor's very pregnant cat when I found out they were going to shoot it!! She had 7 kits, now 5 days old. Momma and kittens needs shots and spay/neuter. I already have 3 dogs and 3 cats and my husband died of cancer at age 50 last year; I still have 2 little girls to raise so money is very tight, but I couldn't let this happen. Bless you, and I will be contacting you soon!! I am finding homes for all in the meantime. THANK YOU!! Diane Yanta
Michelle Kelly September 26, 2012 at 02:57 AM
I just got my miniature dauschaund spayed today at the mobile kindest cut and they referred me to you as she has mild harder an extremely bad he will be 4 on Halloween and she said that you are very good and she worked with you at the golden Valley Humane Society. I am very excited for you and your colleagues and it sounds like a wonderful place. I will call tomorrow to see how much it cost for the dental cleaning and exam and I look forward to seeing and working with you. that's good luck and congratulations in everything you do, Michelle, chloe the dog
Jeff & Roby Patmore October 20, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Tomorrow will be my first appt. With one of my 3 male cats. Its sylvesters time to meet his new vet. Its about time that a vet cares more about the animals and owners then the money. You are a great example for people all over the world. You are truely a blessing to the animals. ( and a blessing to the owners who are struggling). God Bless to you and your employees.
James Warden (Editor) October 20, 2012 at 11:37 PM
My wife and I took our cat there for microchipping soon after I wrote the article because of the clinic's approach. Great service!
Christina November 05, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Thank goodness for Dr. Sharpe and the Mission Animal Hospital. She performed lifesaving surgery on my labradoodle and our dog has recovered beautifully from the very technical procedure. We had been told by three separate vets that our dog's surgery would cost $3500. We were desperate to get her treatment and even considered giving her up to rescue. Then, I learned about Dr. Sharpe. The Mission Animal Hospital has the latest equipment and is run by a kind staff. Her services are very reasonably priced and her "green" program makes treatments otherwise impossible to afford-possible. And, not only did she perform our surgery at a fraction of what other vets cost- but she also performed additional work on our dog while she was anesthetized at no charge. Just incredible! Dr. Sharpe was very professional and patient when discussing our dog's treatment plan and the financial options she had available for us. Her wonderful demeanor is only matched by her skill. I highly recommend her hospital, services and staff to anyone without hesitation.
Val January 31, 2013 at 11:54 PM
How is the cost of this hospital compare to the other?
Joe Bingham August 29, 2013 at 06:06 PM
This is great! Oh, and look she has a pin and everything. This sounds like the animal hospital for me and my family. Too bad it's not a animal hospital in St. Paul, MN. URL: http://www.larpenteuranimalhospital.com/

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