Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center proposes expansion

By Brandon Anderegg

May 14, 2019

The Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center has plans to construct an approximately 33,000-square-foot 24-hour emergency and specialty vet hospital near its current facility, which is located at 360 Bluemound Road.
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CITY OF PEWAUKEE — The Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center has plans to construct an approximately 33,000-square-foot 24-hour emergency and specialty vet hospital along the east side of Pewaukee Road south of Interstate 94 and just north of the single-family residences on Sherwood Drive.

The WVRC is a 24-hour hospital offering emergency and specialty pet care with locations in Waukesha, Grafton, and Racine. The WVRC specializes in cardiology, surgery, internal medicine, radiology, neurology, dentistry, ophthalmology, oncology, diagnostic imaging, and pain management.

The project, which will be reviewed by the Plan Commission Thursday, is an expansion of its current facility at 360 Bluemound Road. The plans also include the possibility of a future 13,000 square-foot expansion. WVRC Owner and Administrator John Beltz said the company needs more space for its growing client base and patient load. Beltz also said the proposal comes at a time when pet owners across the nation have begun to look at pets differently.

“It’s just how we as a society view our pets now as oppose to the distant past,” Beltz said. “People are increasingly thinking about pets as part of their family and having the means to provide high level care.”

The project will also require rezoning the property from a single-family residential district to a business district. Consistent with the zoning request, developers are requesting an amendment to the City of Pewaukee’s comprehensive plan and have asked to have the property changed from a medium density residential area to retail or service commercial area.