What's the Difference Between a Pet Care Clinic and an Animal Hospital?

When choosing a medical facility to care for your pets, the choices can be overwhelming and the difference between vet clinics and animal hospitals in Wichita can be confusing. Cimarron Animal Hospital has the answers you need to find the veterinarian in Wichita that best meets your pet’s needs.

What is a Vet Clinic?

Vet clinics are what would be considered the most common kind of pet care facility. Vet clinics focus on preventative medicine and wellness checks for your pets and are able to perform minor surgical procedures. Vet clinics are often smaller than animal hospitals simply because the scope of services they provide is more limited.

What is an Animal Hospital?

An animal hospital is usually a larger facility because it offers more services including boarding. Animal hospitals will keep pets overnight if necessary and are equipped to perform more complicated surgical procedures. Often, these facilities have in-house diagnostic equipment including x-rays, laboratories and ultrasounds. Animal hospitals may also have more veterinarians and other certified staff to care for emergency and overnight patients.

How Does Cimarron Animal Hospital Compare?

Cimarron Animal Hospital offers the best of both a vet clinic and animal hospital. Our compassionate, trained staff offers typical vet clinic services including offers wellness services for your pets including vaccinations, microchipping, spay and neutering, dental cleanings and flea and tick prevention.

Because Cimarron is also an animal hospital, we offer extended services such as pet boarding, laser therapy, allergy consultation and more. Additionally, Cimarron Animal Hospital has the diagnostic and surgical capabilities and facilities needed to treat your pet for nearly any situation. Our diagnostic and surgical services include orthopedic x-ray and soft tissue repair, cardiac and oxygen saturation monitoring, and in-house laboratory. We have access to surgical specialists for more complex cases, and offer excellent post-surgical care including pain management and overnight care if necessary. Overall, we have the capability to care for your pet through every step of their life with you.

Our Wichita Veterinarians

Dr. Kara James and Dr. Gary Skinner are board-certified in dogs, cats and exotic animals. They offer compassionate care for pets and pet owners alike. If you’re looking for a Wichita vet clinic or Wichita animal hospital, contact us!

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  • We are scheduling appointments for sick or injured animals only at this time.
  • Unfortunately, we are unable to accept new patients at this time.
  • You can refill prescriptions in our online store.
  • We can the take all payments via the phone using a debit or credit card to minimize everyone’s exposure during this critical time.

Our updated hours are:
Mon., Wed., Fri. 8AM-5:30PM
Thursday 8AM-Noon
Saturday - CLOSED starting March 28

Please call our office or email us at [email protected] with questions about your pets.

If you need to bring your pet in for emergency care:

  • Please call when you get to our clinic so we can help determine the best way to help you and your pets.  We ask that you remain in your car and we will come to you.
  • We are escorting pets from your car into our hospital for exams, treatments and drop off appointments to minimize everyone’s human exposure.
  • We ask that all dogs be on a leash and all cats and exotic pets be in a proper pet carrier or pet taxi.
  • In instances where owners must be present, we ask that only one family member be present and that you wait in your car until we call to let you know your exam room is ready for you.

Thank you for your understanding and just know we are trying our best to help everyone get through the COVID-19 pandemic. We are following the AVMA and KVMA guidelines during this difficult time.

We are here for you and your families, and thank you for your patience and understanding.



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