2019 Year in Review

December 16, 2019 | La Boit Specialty Vehicles | Bloodmobile, Command, Dental, Medical, Spay/Neuter/Adoption, Specialty Vehicles General, Veterinary | No Comments

2019 was all about making moves for La Boit clients. A move to start a new mobile practice, a move to make an impact in the opioid crisis, or a move to launch a new mobile training initiative.

For many La Boit clients, the day they take delivery of their mobile clinic is their first experience as an owner of a specialty vehicle. While we do everything we can to train our clients on a mobile practice, they still don’t know what to fully expect until they do it. We understand that they are taking a risk. But it’s a risk that has paid off for our 2019 client spotlights…

Dr. Rachel Magee of Happy Pets Mobile Vet took delivery of her vehicle in April and was overwhelmed by the response in her community.

“Our second day out on the road with Happy Pets Mobile Vet and we are so humbled by the outpouring of support for our services,” Dr. Magee wrote.

Dr. Tracey Fahey, owner of Berkshire Barks & Purrs, says she was tired of the stressful environment typical of a modern veterinary practice. After launch she told us that her work has been so much more enjoyable with a slower and more deliberate schedule.

“I feel like I’ve helped so many more pets in seven weeks than I have in seven years of corporate veterinary practice,” she said in an interview with TheBerkshireEdge.com.

Buffalo, NY-based Fetch the Vet is also a newly-minted mobile veterinarian. Despite just launching this year, owners Dr. Jim Tudini and Dr. Jenni Tudini are already getting requests to expand!

“I am thrilled with how the business is going so far,” Dr. Jenni Tudini told local TV station WIVB. “We are fully booked every day and are booking 4 weeks out which is incredible. I am already being asked by clients and the public if we will be adding more mobile units to the business and expanding!”

While some new La Boit clients may be thinking about expanding, Shiloh Veterinary Hospital is already making the move!

“Shiloh Veterinary Hospital has been growing so quickly, that less than a year after launching their first truck, they are building a second!,” we wrote in our client spotlight. “Scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2019, their new truck will focus specifically on providing CT scans for their clients.”

Our medical clients have also made the move to mobile as a means to expand services.

Kentucky, like many other states, has been hit hard by the opioid crisis. So the Department of Public Health decided to try something different – add a mobile component. KY Public Health’s new La Boit truck is deployed state-wide for their substance abuse mobile harm reduction initiative.

When we first checked in on them in May just a short time after they took delivery of the truck, they anticipated that their ability to dispense Naloxone across the state would lead to many lives saved.

Another unique medical clinic we spotlighted this year was for St. Luke’s University Health Network. St. Luke’s decided that instead of building another static training facility, they did some research and found a mobile simulation unit would be the most economical use of funds. The custom La Boit medical clinic is specifically designed to simulate realistic medical situations for training purposes, and can be deployed to any one of the 11 hospitals in their network.

Of course, our new clients aren’t the only ones we spotlighted. Our long-term clients have also been out there making moves in 2019.

Spay Neuter Assistance Program of North Carolina (SNAP-NC) took a risk years ago when they became one of the first non-profit programs nationally to utilize a fleet of mobile clinics to provide low-cost spay/neuter and other veterinary care directly to underserved communities. They just took delivery of their FIFTH La Boit vehicle!

And of course Dr. Hannah Good, who made the jump into mobile 11 years ago and has never looked back.

“I bought my rig in 2008 when our country was crashing down all around me,” she wrote to us. “I was scared out of my mind but have never looked back. What a fantastic life move it’s been for me.”

It’s easy to see, La Boit clients are out there making it happen every single day. And we couldn’t be more honored to be a part of it.

2019 marked La Boit’s 37 years in business. There’s no special gift for a 37th year anniversary. But let me tell you, the best gift of all is the pride we feel when our clients put a La Boit clinic to work and make a difference in their communities.

Thank you to all our of friends, clients, staff, and vendors who have made this year the perfect end to a successful decade. Cheers!


About La Boit Specialty Vehicles

La Boit Specialty Vehicles president Gil Blais first started La Boit in his garage, where he hand-made organizational boxes for traveling veterinarians. Fast forward 37 years, La Boit Specialty Vehicles is now a leader in specialty vehicle manufacturing for the Veterinary, Spay/Neuter/Adoption, Dental, Medical, Command, and Bloodmobile industries.

La Boit Specialty Vehicles offers a variety of vehicles to suit your needs, from 18ft pull-behind trailers to 40ft drivable coaches, none of which require a CDL to drive. Best of all, our vehicles are commercially-built from the chassis up for your specific needs, and are never converted RVs.

Mission Statement:

Helping professionals around the world confidently deliver a higher level of service to their local markets by providing the highest quality custom mobile units in the industry!

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