We contacted Dr. Dan Teich and asked him a few questions about himself, his work and the team he surrounded himself with:
- What was the incentive or reason to choose the greater Brookland area as the location for District Vet?
Brookland and the surrounding community is an established and dynamic community with caring pet owners and many families. I have been performing housecalls in the neighborhood for a number of years and fell in love with the community and people. A number of locals suggested that I open a hospital here in Brookland as the neighborhood was in need of a full-service hospital. The combination of spending a lot of time in the area, love of the community and the apparent need convinced me to fully embrace the neighborhood. I wanted to be in a neighborhood of neighbors, and I found that here in Brookland.
When I walked into the space at 3748 10th Street, NE, I saw an awesome space with original tin ceilings and a fantastic wooden floor. It was a vision of blending established community with new medicine.
- What is your personal approach in veterinary care?
The single most important factor in veterinary medicine is trust – trust with the owner / guardian and trust with the pet! You will usually find me on the floor talking with the dog or cat first – the most important thing is to make friends first, the rest can follow. I strongly believe that spending tome and creating a positive dialogue is so very important. At many corporate practices, your pet is a number and you see a doctor for a maximum of eight minutes. That’s not my way. Myself and the staff working with me want to know you and your pet on a personal level – to be able to say hi on the street – to look forward to seeing you again. And per our facility – I wanted to create a space that I want to come to everyday and one that I would take my dog to, as well.
- What made you choose to become a veterinarian?
I guess you could say it was predestined, if you believe in such talk. Ever since I was four, I knew I would be a veterinarian. But it is for several reasons – I love pets, I love medicine and I have a great love of communication. To me this is the perfect profession and one I love dearly. And that’s why I branched off to open District Vet – I want to see my vision of veterinary medicine become the new standard for the city.
- Who did you choose as your team members?
While facility design is important, having caring, excellent coworkers is essential to the mission of District Vet. I asked Beth Grimes, a licensed veterinary technician, who has been in the field for 13 years and has worked with me in the past, to return to DC and be the Hospital Administrator. She has a great way with clients and the pets and will be an asset to the practice and the community.
Jennifer Wright is our Client Services Manager. She is originally from Texas, but has been in DC working with Dr. Teich for multiple years. She has prior experience in clinics and she hopes to bring the highest of customer service to our clients. I am uncertain how, but Jennifer always has a smile on her face.
Brian, The Dog, is our main executive officer. He is a golden retriever I adopted nearly five years ago and is my constant sidekick. Brian will be coming to the office regularly and loves attention.
Shawn Nelson Schmitt is my partner in life. He has been steadfast in his support of me establishing this hospital and is the best partner I could ever have asked for.
- Do you know yet what your hours of operations are going to be?
Our hours are mostly finalized, but there may be a bit of tweaking in the next few months, and we plan to expand hours with time. We are discussing taking the practice 24 hours in the future as well.
Hours of Operation:
Monday – 7:30a-8p
Tuesday – 8a-7p
Wednesday – Closed
Thursday – 8a-6p
Friday – 7:30a-6p
Saturday – 8a-2p
Sunday – closed
- Why do you say pet owners should choose you over other veterinary practices?
We believe in creating a warm, approachable, progressive, and comprehensive environment focused on client care and the very best that veterinary medicine can deliver. While our facility is modern, bright, and spacious, and has the best technology in a general practice, it is customer care and the level of attention that clients receive that is our biggest asset. We want to take the time to understand you and your pets’ needs and craft an individualized medical plan to meet both of your needs. It is only with a good doctor-client-patient relationship, that the best veterinary medicine can be practiced.
- What are the services you are going to provide?
District Veterinary Hospital is a full-service hospital providing wellness and sick pet care, including surgery and dental care. We also believe in making housecalls – this service will be limited the first few months, but will be expanded with time. The hospital has all routine vaccinations and a full veterinary pharmacy. Surgery includes routine spays and neuters, mass removals and emergency intervention. Our dental suite is equipped to perform most dental procedures, including cleanings and extractions. Other equipment includes a digital x-ray machine and digital dental x-ray machine, the latest anesthesia monitors and machines, a full in-house laboratory and lots of sunshine.
We also have The Tub – a self-service dog washing room with two tubs – one for smaller dogs and one for large dogs. We will provide shampoo, aprons and towels. Wash your pup and leave the mess to us to clean.
We have the luxury of having an outside patio! During the summer, you can be sure that we will have a doggie pool party and other fun activities. We also will be hosting other events, including dog adoptions and fundraisers for local rescue organizations.
A dog trainer will also be working out of our space. Many people would like to have puppy / dog training, but do not have the time to travel far or the flexibility in the evenings to visit a trainer. A certified trainer will have set hours and will take appointments in our large exam room and patio.
Is there anything else you would like us to add or mention? The more the better!
All of us working on District Veterinary Hospital are doing this because of our love of medicine, pets and people. Opening a community practice is done out of love – it is not done for financial reasons. The overhead – including rent, utilities, the buildout of the facility, equipment, monthly fees for alarms, all of the annual licenses, etc., make it a daunting project. But we all feel that if we build a practice that we want to go to, so will everyone in the community.