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Dr. Roger Welton examines a dog at Maybeck Animal Hospital in West Melbourne. Welton will open Premier Veterinary Care in Viera in January.

A new state-of-the-art veterinary clinic will open its doors in east Viera in January.

Premier Veterinary Care will be located at 5410 Murrell Road, Suite 115, at the Village Center next to the Winn-Dixie Grocery and Dogtopia.

Dr. Roger Welton of Viera will open the new facility. He is the owner of Maybeck Animal Hospital in West Melbourne, which he started in 2004.

A graduate of Ross School of Veterinary Medicine, Welton has been practicing or 20 years. He moved to Viera following family members who relocated here.

“I finally have the opportunity to serve pets and people in the community that I have come to love and cherish,” said Welton, who also is the owner of two rescue dogs.

Dr. Jessica Milligan, an Associate Veterinarian and graduate of the University of Missouri, will bring eight years of experience to the practice.

“Compassion is what really drives us,” Welton said.

Two exam rooms with room to expand, a dedicated radiology suite for X-rays and ultrasound, a sizable treatment area and a dedicated dental suite to perform high-end dentistry will be included.

“We perform dental cleanings, dental X-rays, and oral surgery in both dogs and cats,” Welton said.

Welton also performs same-day orthopedic canine knee surgery.

“Dogs commonly tear their CCL (cranial cruciate ligament),” he explained, “which is the human version of the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). This can happen just by running or playing or due to genetic predisposition.”

Feline patients, who are more likely to become stressed during a visit due to the barking of dogs and the scent of other cats, will begiven special care.

“We use special pheromone sprays that we put on a towel to calm and soothe them,” Welton said.

“We try to do a less is more approach with cats,” he said.

Welton has two children. His 14-year-old son attends Viera High School and ison the swim team, and his 12-year-old daughter attends Williams Elementary School, plays lacrosse and competes in equestrian events.

In December, Premier Veterinary Care will begin scheduling January appointments. For more information, go to premiervet.org