As longtime veterinarian retires, Best Care buys and expands practice

When longtime veterinarian Dr. Douglas Brost decided to retire, veterinarian Dr. Joe Spoo saw an opportunity to grow.

Spoo and his wife, Dr. Krista Hardy, own Best Care Pet Hospital. He has practiced in Sioux Falls for almost 15 years and owned the business for the past three.

Brost approached him about acquiring Animal Medical Clinic at 1102 E. 10th St.

“His facility was laid out better than ours and the space adjacent to his was for lease, so when we acquired his practice, it made sense to move and combine both practices in that location,” Spoo said.

Best Care begins operations there this week, moving from the location at 3209 S. Summit Ave. Hours are  7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The business has 13 employees and is planning to grow, Spoo said.

The practice is the only American Animal Hospital Association-accredited hospital in the area, he added.

“We have our hospital inspected by an independent organization to evaluate our standards, protocols, facilities, medical records, quality of care to ensure we are practicing the highest quality of medicine possible,” he said.

The other veterinarians practicing at Best Care are Dr. Sonja Miller and Dr. Brent Reimer.

“People are used to specialists in the human medicine world, but I don’t think they realize that veterinarians can undergo advanced training and become specialists as well,” Spoo said.

He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation with an interest in physiology, endocrinology, athletic performance, non-surgical interventions and rehabilitation.  He also has published three journal articles in the past five years, including a previously unreported neurologic condition affecting Great Danes. While his personal interest is hunting dogs, he sees all breeds.

Hardy is a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and focuses on canine and feline medicine. She has advanced specialist training in ultrasounds.

“She handles our complicated medical cases,” Spoo said. “We both have essentially lived and breathed veterinary medicine our entire lives.”

Miller is earlier in her career but “fits the same mold of dedication to the profession,” Spoo said. “She is an excellent diagnostician and surgeon and carries a heavy focus in dentistry.”

Reimer received advanced training in small-animal surgery and travels to the practice to perform advanced surgeries every other week.  He has an interest in canine cruciate ligament disease, athroscopy, laparoscopy, thoracoscopy and surgical oncology.

Additionally, Spoo is a partner in a film company with a former Sioux Falls cinematographer who lives in Montana. They produce educational and instructional pieces, and are working on a new short film.

As longtime veterinarian retires, Best Care buys and expands practice

When longtime veterinarian Dr. Douglas Brost decided to retire, veterinarian Dr. Joe Spoo saw an opportunity to grow.

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