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Urgent! Animal Health Care Needs Our Help

The following is a letter from Dr. Steven Atwood regarding

the current situation at the Airport property


Please take the time to read it and respond.

Considering the current lack of veterinarians on the island, this is extremely important.

To all the clients of Animal Health Care Associates:


I hope you are well, whether on the Vineyard now or planning your return. I am reaching out to let you know that AHCA is attempting to extend its facility lease with the MV Airport, so we can continue to serve you and your animals. We have been at our location for 40 years, and the lease is expiring. A new long-term lease will be awarded by the Airport very soon, based on an open process mandated by law, which may involve competing bids from non-veterinary businesses.


We will make the best bid we can, which we already know will involve a huge increase in rent, but we could be facing competing bids from others with greater resources seeking different uses for our animal hospital, perhaps even a tear-down and construction of a commercial building. We simply don’t know.


AHCA is a vital community resource, providing a full range of veterinary services, including surgery and large animal care, serving as the animal shelter for several Island communities, and hosting student and other community events. We want to continue this role, but need your help to do so.


We are asking each of you to send a short email or letter (sent to me by email), expressing your support for AHCA receiving a new lease for our facility, and perhaps sharing a brief personal experience of yours with me or my colleagues. We will share those messages with the Airport Commission as part of our new lease proposal. Please DO NOT call or otherwise contact the Airport directly about this matter, as that will not help us and will burden them.


To be included with our new lease application, we need your messages of support by March 5, 2024. We value our relationship with each of you and the animal members of your family, look forward to continue serving you for many more years, and thank you for your essential support at this key moment in our history.


We need and appreciate your support very much. Thank you.


Please email all messages to by March 5, 2024.


Dr. Steve Atwood

Animal Health Care Associates

20 Airport Rd, West Tisbury, MA United States 

You can email your letter to or drop off your letters directly at

Animal Health Care with Vet Tech Deanna Whyte.

Please remember that our letters of support are needed by March 5, 2024



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