Westborough Planning Board approves permit for urgent pet care clinic

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By Stuart Foster, Contributing Writer

Westborough town iconWESTBOROUGH – The Westborough Planning Board approved a special permit for Rare Breed Veterinary Partners at 1 Oak Street during their meeting on July 20.

The Planning Board unanimously voted to approve the permit for the veterinary clinic near the intersection of Lyman Street and Route 9. The permit was necessary because local zoning regulations require a special permit for veterinary clinics in the highway business district.

This vote marks a step forward for Rare Breed as it is proposing an urgent pet care clinic under the name “PetMedic.” The facility would provide check-in, check-out services for animals with small, non-emergency medical needs. 

Approval additionally comes after a discussion between Rare Breed representatives and the Select Board late last month. During that discussion, Select Board members offered suggestions ahead of the Planning Board’s review. 

At the time, Selectmen suggested that Rare Breed consider creating a designated drop-off area for customers who may struggle to get their pets inside the building. 

They called for clearly marked animal waste receptacles and asked questions about soundproofing mechanisms to limit disruption to an existing dentist’s office neighboring the existing storefront that Rare Breed is eyeing.