Skillful Veterinarian Joins Maybeck Animal Hospital
By Space Coast Daily // January 31, 2013
Practice Welcomes Dr. David Fogelberg
BREVARD COUNTY • WEST MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Dr. David Fogelberg can’t remember a time when he didn’t want to be a veterinarian.
Growing up in Wisconsin, Fogelberg has always been fascinated with medicine and animals and it was a natural choice for him to choose veterinary medicine as a career.
After obtaining a bachelor of science degree in zoology and botany at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Fogelberg went on to earn a doctorate of veterinary medicine at Ross University and then performed his clinical training at the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
He completed advanced post-doctoral training in veterinary dentistry and is skilled in diagnostic ultrasound, surgery and treating exotic animals.
Following 16 years of service at the Aloha Pet & Bird Hospital in Indian Harbor Beach, Fogelberg has joined the staff at Maybeck Animal Hospital in Melbourne.
“This is a great group of people who all care about each other,” Fogelberg said. “I enjoy working with Dr. Roger Welton. We have a similar history and went to the same school. And our philosophy of practice is the same, which is to be highly ethical at all times.”
He said the most misunderstood veterinary problem is pet dentistry.
“People go to get dental cleanings every six months, but most pets never receive dental care,” Fogelberg said. “Typically dogs and cats require preventative dental care every one to two years.”
According to Fogelberg, the most difficult aspect of being a veterinarian is two-fold.
“It’s trying to diagnose a medical problem because pets can’t talk,” he said. “It’s almost like an investigation to find out what’s wrong. Then we do the best we can with pets not having insurance. It can be hard sometimes to provide optimal care with financial constraints.”
Welton said he welcomes Fogelberg’s contributions to the practice, which is the oldest veterinary hospital in Brevard County, having been established in 1952 at 2600 West New Haven Avenue in West Melbourne.
“It’s great to have a second doctor to handle a substantial case load competently and ethically and contribute to the same practice philosophy,” he said. “He brings a new dimension to us with the treatment of exotic pets and expanding the species we can see is a good thing.”
He also praised Fogelberg for his operating room expertise.
“I think he’s an excellent surgeon,” Welton said. “He remains extremely current and has an excellent bedside manner.”
Welton said adding Fogelberg to the Maybeck staff will spur the growth of the practice because of the ability to see more patients and also brings other factors into focus.
“It allows me first and foremost consultation with another veterinarian,” he said. “We have not had that before and it will help make me a better doctor. It’s also going to give me more time with my family knowing that when I’m not here the practice is in good hands.”
Fogelberg’s addition is part of a systematic plan to expand the unique capabilities and services offered at the 4,600-square-foot Maybeck Animal Hospital which include diagnostic ultrasound, digital x-ray, digital dental x-ray, reconstructive surgery of the knee and other orthopedic surgical procedures, rehabilitation (4B therapy laser, acupuncture and nutritional and nutriceutical therapy), dentistry, grooming, boarding, an online pharamacy and online patient pet portals.
And having a second veterinarian at Maybeck Animal Hospital will give Welton the opportunity to explore chiropractic veterinary medicine and engage in more community veterinary service.
Welton also believes working with Fogelberg is a step toward his ultimate goal of constructing a Mayo Clinic style of veterinary hospital here in Brevard County.
Fogelberg’s motivation in joining the Maybeck staff is simple.
“I just want to do the best I can to earn a very solid standing with pets and their owners,” Fogelberg said. “I’d like to keep an on-going relationship with our patients and stay at Maybeck Animal Hospital for years to come and help make it a formidable presence in the Melbourne area for preventative care and healing.”
Fogelberg said he gets the most enjoyment as a veterinarian in fixing problems with pets.
“Making animals healthy is my goal,” Fogelberg said. “That makes it easy to come to work each day.”
To make an appointment at Maybeck Animal Hospital, call 321-723-5911 or visit http://www.maybeckvet.com/