Nantucket Veterinarians and MSPCA Sign Agreement for the Purchase of the Island Animal Hospital

December 8, 2011

Boston, Mass., Dec. 8, 2011 – The MSPCA-Angell along with Drs. Stephen St. Pierre, Maia Howard, Shanna Minor and Jennifer Fraker today announced that these four top Nantucket veterinarians—three of whom are currently on staff at the MSPCA-Nantucket—have signed an agreement for the purchase of the hospital at 11 Crooked Lane.   This ensures that there will be a seamless transition of medical care after December 31st.


In an effort to aid the veterinarians in their purchase—as well as demonstrate to the community its full-fledged support during the transition—the MSPCA-Angell is donating almost all of the hospital’s equipment, furnishings and inventory.  


“Today’s announcement signals the start of a new and exciting chapter for the animals and residents of Nantucket and the four veterinarians who have come together to purchase the hospital,” said Carter Luke, President, MSPCA-Angell.  “The agreement comes after nearly three months of discussions and negotiations, and satisfies the MSPCA-Angell’s goal to find a buyer committed to providing the community with high-quality veterinary hospital care on the Island.  Today’s announcement confirms that we have reached that goal.”


Added Luke: “We’re confident that the community will be as pleased as we are to know that these veterinarians have been working on Nantucket for years and already know our existing clients and their pets.”


The offer to purchase the property is expected to lead to a final sale in the coming months, and while the details and contingencies of the sale are worked out, the MSPCA-Angell will lease the hospital to the doctors with all rent going toward the purchase price.  




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