Client Spotlight: Berkshire Barks & Purrs

January 10, 2019 | La Boit Specialty Vehicles | Client Spotlight, Veterinary | No Comments

berkshire barks and purrs mobile veterinary clinicEach year, we talk to dozens of veterinarians about their decision to go mobile. Over and over we hear a similar story. Many are tired of the business as usual model of a modern veterinary practice – the long hours, the rushing through appointments, the stressful environment for both clients and staff.

Dr. Tracey Fahey, new mobile veterinarian and owner of Berkshire Barks & Purrs in Massachusetts, was one such person. She describes her decision to go mobile on her website:

The way I have been practicing medicine for 18 years is now the norm: see as many patients as you can, as quickly as you can, and keep that waiting room and those exam rooms as full of as many people and animals as possible from open to close. I knew that there just had to be a way… A way to head back to slower times when there was adequate time for conversations about owner concerns and important wellness topics as well as time to bond to the patients we serve and love.

Berkshire Barks & Purrs is a 26ft La Boit clinic built on a Ford E450 Triton chassis. It features a separate surgery suite and full x-ray capabilities, and can accommodate everything from wellness visits to routine surgeries. Dr. Fahey employs one full-time vet tech to help with day-to-day operations.

While it’s only been about two months since Dr. Fahey first received her clinic, her commitment to an old-fashioned style practice hasn’t gone unnoticed. Local website recently published an article on Berkshire Barks & Purrs, in which it described Dr. Fahey’s practice as “a total throwback to the good old days when the local vet made house calls—and answered the phone.”

Most importantly, clients have noticed too!

“We loved having you come take care of our Otis,” writes one client on Facebook. “Thank you for such great service!! Such quick response and so convenient not having to leave the house!”

berkshire barks and purrs mobile veterinary clinic interiorDr. Fahey says that the mobile model has made her work much more enjoyable for herself as well by allowing her to set her own schedule and spend more time with each client. In her interview with, she said with an “audible sigh of relief”:

“I feel like I’ve helped so many more pets in seven weeks than I have in seven years of corporate veterinary practice.”

We here at La Boit love to hear stories like this from our mobile veterinarians who are making meaningful impacts in their communities and within their own lives. Congratulations to Dr. Fahey and her team. We wish you a lifetime of success!

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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