High Peaks Animal Hospital reaches milestone

Today, the veterinary hospital provides "comprehensive medical, surgical and dental care," according to their Web site, www.highpeaksvet.com. They also provide an array of diagnostic procedures with in-house testing, a pharmacy, blood testing equipment and boarding kennels with a fenced-in outdoor walking area.

But, it's not just the building Cogar believes makes the business a success.

"What makes our hospital a success, in my opinion, is the people," Cogar said. "I have a real professional staff. All four doctors are excellent, high caliber, well-trained. But, also, I'm blessed that we have four New York State licensed [veterinary] technicians."

Cogar added he has colleagues in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany who have practices much larger than his, but don't have four NYS licensed veterinary technicians.

"That's really a high level of sophistication and high level of expertise, and we're really fortunate to have that in our hospital," said Cogar, who added there is a total of 20 employees at the hospital which all add to their accomplishments.

"The success of our hospital is actually more the quality of people that we have than even the building or the equipment," he said.

Looking to the future, Cogar knows he'll still be in business for at least five more years.

"That's a fact, for at least five more years. I really enjoy what I do," he said. "I can't imagine trying to do it if you didn't."

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