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I've lived in Avalon Trace for three years. I've had good and bad experiences with the complex. I would say overall good, but the bad experiences (although few) are not minor so I had to drop my stars down to 3. Pros: -great price, -great location (I'm a student at A&T and my son is a student at Erwin Montessori, and both are less than a 5 minute drive from my apartment complex), -prompt, friendly, and reliable maintenance team (I LOVE Danny and Russ!! They usually respond to work orders within 24 hours and they know everybody on the property. I never see them slacking. They get the job done! I doubt I'll find another maintenance team as dedicated and reliable as them if I move), -quiet neighborhood (although it's a low-income community, there is very little crime in the complex and very little drama. My neighbors are either foreigners who do not speak much english, older students who are living off-campus, and senior citizens. I have a few younger neighbors who have small families, maybe 1 or 2. The worst that I've experienced consists of the younger people loitering outside their apartment in the late hours of the evening during summer months, but management put a stop to that), -abundant parking and no passes needed, -latest property manager seems to care about making improvements to the community (but it seems like her hands are tied by the property owners and she is unable to make all the changes she wants) Cons: -no curb appeal (the buildings look horrible when you drive up, but inside the apartments look very nice), -constant change in management (in the three years I've been here, we've had three property managers and countless assistant property managers), -no real incentive to be a long-standing resident (every year when it's time to renew my lease they try to jack up my rent by a ridiculous amount, e.g. $40-$50, and I have to fight the rate increase since I've never paid late, and I don't cause any problems), -BUGS (it's an old property and even though my neighbors and I keep very clean houses, we still see bugs. The apartment complex has a contract with a local pest control company who comes out every Monday, but they do not visit every apartment. You have to request a visit from the exterminators. I think they need to have the exterminators visit EVERY apartment once a week and spray for at least 2 months to eliminate the problem, not just give temporary fixes!), -children damaged my property ($2000 worth of damage to my car by my neighbor's children who used it as a drum set, and although I notified the property they did very little to help resolve the issue. In fact, I don't think they did anything that they told me they would do because I never received any of the notices they said they would send out to the residents whose children were involved and there does not seem to have been any repercussions for the incident.) So overall, there were a few issues here, but only a few. Unfortunately, the last two issues are not minor issues and had a large impact on my overall rating. I could have given this place 4 stars, but the bugs and the damage to my personal property by my neighbors caused the complex to lose another star.
I have been with Dr. Rodger Kleisch @ Forest Oaks Vet for 20 + years. He has not only provided the very best medical care for all my Babies over the years, but I feel like Dr. K. and his staff have become my friends. He doesn't order unnecessary test or procedures to inflate my bill. He even gives a discount if you have more than one pet. But most importantly of all to me; when the time comes that the "hard decision" has to be made, he doesn't drag out treatment unnecessarily. He tells me in the gentlest way possible what we have to do. And he reminds me that this too is an act of love....quite possibly the ultimate act of love. He knows how painful this decision is and he shares that pain with me. He and his staff are some of the kindest, most compassionate folks I know. Even the other Docs he has that cover for him on his days off are extraordinary. I MUST specifically mention Dr. Randy Lynn. Dr. Lynn worked tirelessly with my Irish Setter; Shayne O'Malley for 19 long months waging a war against the diabetes that ravaged his beautiful body. We won many battles but ultimately lost the war. He never left our side and was always available via his personal cell phone no matter the time of day or night if we needed him. He truly went above and beyond in his efforts to save my Son. However, Dr. Kleisch and Ellen Brown, our Angel, - cleverly disguised as a Vet Tech helped me release Shayne from my arms into the arms of the angels. Without those two by my side I don't think I could have made it through that horrendous day. I could type for days and never come close to saying how wonderful this practice is. I HIGHLY recommend Forest Oaks Animal Clinic to everyone. Better care cannot be found.... Angie Morphis Greensboro, N.C.
If I have a problem, I make an appoinment to speak with someone in management in the office because being a senior in college this year, I know that I'm busy and I'm sure they are as well. The reason that students work in the office is for development beyond their academic training and learning how to address common issues with their peers. There is no need to involve management when I can explain your utility bill to you, as I pay the same bill. Also, Campus Habitat is the ONLY STUDENT HOUSING THAT USES the Greensboro Police Department as courtesy officers, who have worked with management to evict many of your peers for any activities against the terms of the lease, and inform the university as well, and the only student housing community in the area to spend MILLIONS of dollars so that the Campus Habitat residents would have great amenities, free furniture, and a sparkling clubhouse and pool. If you call the office, they will place you on the pest control list. If you did not call, that is not the fault of the office. I, and my parents feel that Campus Habitat is a great value, beautiful place to live near my school, and this year, I did not have to buy any furniture. I pay my rent on time, and have not had any problems. I think it is always a way to handle a situation and the staff at Campus Habitat is very helpful, when you handle situations in a professional and polite manner. I have renewed and brought 2 friends. I love Campus Habitat!
Choosing the right vet for your pet can be tough. After all, your furry friend can't tell you how he or she feels about the doctor. Even though you're not the one treated by the vet, whoever your animal sees is obviously your decision. Since many veterinary diseases and injuries can turn into emergencies very quickly, it's important to have a go-to vet. This way, you can ensure you'll know whom to see when your animal needs care.
Speak to your friends and family about vets who've treated their pets. You can even talk to your groomer or an animal shelter worker for referrals. When you visit the clinics you've been referred to, check that the facility is clean, animals are separated and the staff is calm and courteous. Not all clinics are American Animal Hospital Association accredited. This accreditation isn't a legal necessity, though a clinic that's AAHA-accredited is guaranteed to offer high-quality medical care. To receive accreditation, the clinic has to meet the AAHA's standards in the areas of facility, equipment and quality care.
If you're looking for a specialist, you want to make sure he or she is board-certified to practice in that specific area of animal medicine. You'll want to make sure your vet is also convenient to visit, so there are factors to take into account.
The type of animal you own should play a part in which vet you choose as well. While your options are vast if you have a dog or cat, you may have to visit an avian clinic for your bird or an exotics clinic for your snake.
Just as there are many types of doctors, there are many types of vets. Some focus on livestock or house pets, while others may specialize in dentistry or surgery. They may work in a veterinary clinic or zoo, working specifically with the animals housed there, or travel to farms to work with livestock. Since horse racing and other equestrian activities are so popular, some vets are trained to work just with horses.
Diseases, like malaria and yellow fever are also transmitted through animals. Some vets have insight to diseases that affect both humans and animals. Vets have contributed to the treatment and cure of many diseases that plagued both humans and their furry friends.
Government agencies employ veterinarians as well. When an animal comes from a foreign land, these vets quarantine them and check for any diseases that may be present in an effort to control new diseases that can be brought into the country. Other Specific types of vets include:
A vet assistant works alongside the veterinarian and helps out around the clinic. In some cases, they may assist vets in surgery or restrain struggling animals during tests or lab work. The everyday duties of a veterinary assistant include; monitoring and caring for animals after surgery, keeping medical records, cleaning animals' teeth, feeding and bathing them, cleaning cages, sterilizing surgical equipment, giving animals medication, collecting samples for testing and performing laboratory tests, and offering grief counseling to pet owners.
It's a good idea to bring your pet to the vet regularly. This way, he or she becomes familiar and comfortable with the care providers, and you can stay on top of your pet's preventative care. If the animal is small enough, bring it to the office in a carrier. Just as you visit the doctor for a yearly check up, you should bring in your pet for regular check ups as well. During a routine veterinary visit, the vet will probably begin by asking you if there have been any changes in your pet's behavior or habits.
The vet will then take your pet's vitals, like weight, temperature, pulse and respiration rate, and perform a physical examination of the pet. During a physical exam, the vet checks the abdomen for swollen organs, and the legs, feet and joints for any potential problems. Depending on the age, breed or condition of your pet, your veterinarian may also check the eyes, ears and mouth.
When your vet conducts a full body examination, he or she will check out your pet's coat and skin, noting any hair loss, itchy spots or lumps. Keep note of your animal's shedding habits so you can let the vet know if anything seems abnormal. The vet will check for parasites, fleas, ticks, mites and heartworms as well.
Vaccinations are also important to your pet, especially if you have a cat or a dog, and your vet will suggest that you make sure they're current. Keeping up to date with vaccinations can prevent your furry friend from getting distemper, rabies, hepatitis and lyme disease. Some vaccinations last longer than others, so speak to your doctor about staying caught up with your animal's shots.
Just like your own health insurance, you want to make sure your animal is covered before he or she needs veterinary services. Some common animal surgeries can cost thousands of dollars, and you don't want to end up having to foot a surprise bill that costs more than your paycheck.
There's no set price for pet health insurance. Costs can depend on factors such as where you live, the age and breed of your pet, and how much coverage you want. Before you take out a pet insurance policy, you'll want to meet with your vet to go over what he or she thinks your animal should be covered for. Many vets believe that you should make sure cancer, chronic disease, hereditary and congenital disease, and common breed-related medical conditions are all addressed in your policy.
Some pet owners can't afford insurance for their pet, so there are other options to make paying for surprise pet visits as easy as possible. Some pet stores have wellness plans - which tend to be much cheaper than an insurance policy - that offer shots, check ups, screenings and discounts on various procedures your pet may need. A lot of veterinary offices offer payment plans for pricey procedures as well, as long as you have decent credit history. For a last-ditch option, there are even privately funded organizations that offer pet owners financial aid for their pet's treatments.