As the original Firehouse Austin location turns seven this week, Dr. John Faught reflects on the changes and growth over the last seven years.

We love our clients and our patients

One thing I’m most blown away by is the amazing growth this hospital has sustained. When we opened our doors in April 2012, it was just me and a team of 4 vet techs/customer service reps running the show. Now we have 4 doctors and 20 people on site. And while I have amazing memories from those early days, my favorite ones are more recent. We have had such great doctors join our team. Stacy Mozisek, Genna Mize, and Laura Saunders are incredibly smart and caring doctors who go the extra mile for their clients and patients. It’s been great to meet more Austinites as well. As new docs have joined our team, they’ve brought their clients and patients with them.

Firehouse connects people

The brand has evolved as well. These days, most people know we’re not a sub shop! And people recognize our dog tags all over the country. One client told us about a vacation where her dog was running on a beach in California. A passerby (also a Firehouse client) recognized the Firehouse tags and they struck up a conversation about us. We love the thought of Firehouse bringing people together.

We take our work seriously, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously

A growing team has increased our fun times together.

-Below is a video we put together to remind the team of the words we’d prefer to use when describing Firehouse.

-And here’s the time when the team met their challenge and I made good on my promise to don a mariachi outfit and serve margaritas. Thankfully, no one requested a song!

Community partnerships

Just this week I spoke about the human-animal bond to a group of retired teachers. It helped me reflect on all the community partnerships we’ve developed in seven years. We love visiting local schools for science fairs (we once took a miniature horse with us!), all the teddy bear surgeries we’ve performed, the Westlake July 4th parades we’ve joined, and the local shelters we’ve supported with free medical health care so that all pets can have access to health care .

Thanks for being part of our journey! And thank you for becoming part of the Firehouse family!

Firehouse Westlake Under Construction in 2012
Dr Faught with Chief – 2014ish
Dr Mozisek Helping a Baby Deer in 2015
Bridgepoint Science Fair – Jan 2016
Cub Scouts at Firehouse to Learn About Veterinary Medicine – April 2017
Students Touring Firehouse in 2017
Dr Mo Science Fair – 2018
Dr Faught and Coming Soon Sign in 2012
Our Valentine’s Day Event in 2014… Aren’t These Pups Cute?!
Westlake July 4th Parade – 2015
Dr Mize Joins the Team in 2016
CJ and Pup in 2017
Teddy Bear Surgery 2017 – We love to show kids what it’s like to be a veterinarian.
The photo we used to welcome Dr Mozisek to the team in 2013.
Barkitecture 2014
Hill Country Middle School Career Fair – Look at Baby Kelly!
Best Dog Expression 2016
Dr Mozisek Wrangling Labradoodles – 2016
Chief at PRIDE 2018

Check out this video of Kelly showing us how to make a clay paw in 2013!  Kelly was an original team member who started out as one of two technicians at Westlake. She then went back to school for her nursing degree and opened our Kyle location as Hospital Manager. Now, she is our Director of Operations – Kelly certainly has grown with Firehouse, and we’re so thankful to have her!