Jacque Rosholm retired from the Phoenix area veterinary business in 1999 and moved to the Rim country.
"I had three different hospitals over the years," she said. "I sold the last one and moved up here."
She said she loves the area, but saw a need for a different type of veterinary service.
"There was a need for high-quality care at a low cost for residents on fixed incomes," Rosholm said. "They deserve their pets and their pets deserve good care. So, I decided to come out of retirement and open shop."
Her shop is the Main Street Animal Clinic at 411 W. Main Street. It is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday.
Rosholm has been the veterinary industry for more than 20 years.
"I think I was born wanting to be a vet," she said. "I have always loved animals and from the time I knew what one was, it is what I wanted to be and I stayed focused on that goal."
In addition to the low-cost care she offers, Rosholm said her practice is different because she will take care of exotics.
"Ferrets, birds, reptiles, pocket pets like gerbils and hamsters. I even took care of a roach once -- his family was worried because he was listless," she said.
Rosholm said she has brought in a couple of hundred clients since the business opened at the end of November.
"We're booked solid this week and surgeries are booked three months out," she said.
Assisting Rosholm at the Main Street Animal Clinic are five veterinary assistants and a group of disabled adults who volunteer their time to help out.
The clinic is 3,000 square feet and has three exam rooms, a surgical suite and a sizable lobby.
The clinic even has an isolation ward for animals suspected of having contagious conditions. So far, she has only had to use it once, when a dog with parvo virus was brought in.
"Our equipment is impressive," Rosholm said. "We have the latest available. We can do complete in-house blood work and full dental care. We have the best anesthesia machines available. It is so precise we can use it on an animal as small as a parakeet."
The Main Street Animal Clinic is fully computerized and even has a website, www.mainstreetanimalclinic.com
An open house is being planned, though a date hasn't been set. In the meantime, Rosholm and her staff are giving their clients free pet food from the Science Diet and Hills Prescription lines.
Rosholm will be participating in the upcoming rabies clinic March 9 with Gila County Animal Control. Rabies shots will be offered at $5, so she is encouraging people to come in before the March 9 event.
For more information, call the Main Street Animal Clinic at (928) 474-9292.