By Mary Allgier
A little Victorian house in downtown Carmel isn’t where you’d expect a vet to open an office, but that’s exactly what Dr. Greg Borlik did.
Cottage Animal Clinic is now open for business at 420 N. Rangeline Road in Carmel.
Borlik, an Indy native, is a graduate of Indiana University and Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. He then moved on to work at several animal hospitals and practices around the city.
“My whole philosophy with the hospital is to create an environment that’s like going to friend’s house,” Borlik said.
Cottage creates a more welcoming environment for pets and their humans, especially those who get nervous at a vet’s office.
Borlik is also the only vet at Cottage, so a patient will see the same doctor every time.
“I like knowing what’s going on with the case,” Borlik said, “Those big corporate, mega hospitals have several veterinarians there so you never get to know the people.
After working at a clinic in Greenwood for a while, Borlik decided to open his own practice.
Since opening a month ago, the clinic has been doing work for the Hamilton County Humane Society.
“We’ve been doing a lot of work for them. Helping them out with the animals they’re trying to get adopted,” Borlik said. “It’s a way that keeps us busy and lets us give back to the community as well.
Along with getting to know pets, Borlik wants to help owners form a plan for their pet by educating owners on their options.
“Part of what I do, what I try to pride myself on, is really trying to take the time to listen to people, but also educate them,” Borlik said.
Borlik decided when he was very young he wanted to be a vet, and after visiting his dad’s office at IPL as a kid realized he didn’t want to work in a cubicle environment.
“I love my job it’s so much fun. Everyone says ‘Oh, you must really love animals,” and I do. Of course, I love animals, but my favorite part is meeting new people,” Borlik said. “It always makes for an interesting day. Who are you going to meet today?”
Cottage Animal Clinic is open Monday-Friday from 7-6 and Saturdays from 9-1. They’re also giving away a free physical for brand new patients who come in.