Dr. Sara Laroux, DVM, recently acquired the Tilton Veterinary Hospital, located at 280 Laconia Road in Tilton, from now retired veterinarian, Dr. Michael Ware. Dr. Ware served as the sole practitioner of the practice for the past 35 years. Dr. Laroux purchased the business with support and financing from Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB), Belknap County Economic Development Council (BelkapEDC) and Dr. Ware, and has been operating the veterinary hospital since September.
Dr. Laroux graduated with honors from a combined program in Veterinary Medicine at Washington State and Oregon State Universities. She brings with her more than 10 years of experience in veterinary medicine and most recently practiced at Meredith Place Veterinary Emergency Center in Meredith.
“I feel incredibly fortunate to have found such a respected practice and well maintained facility to step into,” said Dr. Laroux. “While I came into this transaction well prepared, there were still a few small challenges during the purchase. I felt very fortunate to have a team of local resources, like Gracie Cilley from MVSB and Ken Wilson at BelknapEDC, on board to offer support and guidance throughout the process.”
With her background in emergency care, Dr. Laroux plans to expand the surgical services offered at Tilton Veterinary Hospital and to offer extended hours seasonally. Recognizing the importance of providing care for animals in the setting they are most comfortable, she has also set aside Tuesdays each week to make house visits.
“It’s been such a pleasure to work with Dr. Laroux as she pursued the purchase of her own veterinary hospital,” said Gracie Cilley, Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer for Meredith Village Savings Bank. “We wish her so much success in this new venture.”
Ken Wilson, Loan Officer for BelknapEDC, added “We are very pleased and proud of the role that we played in assisting with the financing of the purchase of Tilton Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Ware’s long-respected practice and his patients will surely be in good hands with Dr. Laroux.”
Tilton Veterinary Hospital is a full service practice, offering pet wellness check-ups and vaccinations, spaying and neutering, surgery, laboratory, x-rays, and dental care. They also provide flea and tick treatments, heartworm preventatives, intestinal parasite control, and many other products to keep your pet(s) healthy and happy. For more information, please visit www.tiltonveterinaryhospital.com or call 603-286-8183.
Belknap EDC is one of ten non-profit regional development corporations in the state of NH. Since its inception in 1992, Belknap EDC has brought $3 million in new capital to Belknap County in the form of federal grants and loans that comprised the seed capital for its revolving loan fund. Belknap EDC has used this capital to make loans to 70 Belknap County businesses, which leveraged over $75 million in capital from other sources and created or retained over 1,700 jobs. Our loan fund continues to assist new and growing businesses who cannot access 100% of the financing they need from conventional sources. Belknap EDC works to retain and attract talented people to Belknap County, support creative entrepreneurs in Belknap County, and enhance workforce development programs in the Lakes Region. For more information, please visit www.belknapedc.org.
Photo Caption: Tilton Veterinary Hospital Owner and Veterinarian, Dr. Sara Laroux, DVM (left) with MVSB Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer, Gracie Cilley (center) and Belknap Economic Development Council Loan Officer, Ken Wilson.