St Francis Animal Hospital

★★★★☆

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This is The Best veterinary hospital I have used. The staff are supportive, friendly, and competent, and Dr. Lendeke has - for the second time now - saved the life of one of my beloved pets, this time a dog. \r
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As always, I was charmed

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This is The Best veterinary hospital I have used. The staff are supportive, friendly, and competent, and Dr. Lendeke has - for the second time now - saved the life of one of my beloved pets, this time a dog. \r
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As always, I was charmed

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I was giving pills from a vet tech (Garnette) that I later learned was a groomer. She gave my dog antibiotics and pain pills, under Dr Margie Lindeke name (signed by the vet on pill bottle which I still have) this has made my dog extremely Sick.....Vets Should NOT allow their tech to give away pills. My new vet and I will be heading to the court room. Dr Lindeke, it is not wise to allow your groomers to pass out medication.

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I was giving pills from a vet tech (Garnette) that I later learned was a groomer. She gave my dog antibiotics and pain pills, under Dr Margie Lindeke name (signed by the vet on pill bottle which I still have) this has made my dog extremely Sick.....Vets Should NOT allow their tech to give away pills. My new vet and I will be heading to the court room. Dr Lindeke, it is not wise to allow your groomers to pass out medication.

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So it's time to put kitty down and I called St. Francis because past experience was good. But after speaking with the phone-answerer for a while, I never got to the point.

I think it's hard enough to put an animal down and so I didn't

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So it's time to put kitty down and I called St. Francis because past experience was good. But after speaking with the phone-answerer for a while, I never got to the point.

I think it's hard enough to put an animal down and so I didn't

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St. Francis Animal Hospital in Durham, NC, Gentle Readers, is one of the very best places to receive veterinary care. Period. For many, many pet-owners the care their animals receive at the loving hands of Dr. Lindeke and her team is THE

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St. Francis Animal Hospital in Durham, NC, Gentle Readers, is one of the very best places to receive veterinary care. Period. For many, many pet-owners the care their animals receive at the loving hands of Dr. Lindeke and her team is THE

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Dr. Lindeke is working by herself right now--Dr. Broussard moved to Westside more than a year ago. The techs are turning over too, although Dr. Lindeke assured me that at least one has been there ten years. My last visit there was

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Dr. Lindeke is working by herself right now--Dr. Broussard moved to Westside more than a year ago. The techs are turning over too, although Dr. Lindeke assured me that at least one has been there ten years. My last visit there was

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This clinic easy for me to get to, and reasonably priced. My cat is old, and has hyperthyroidism, and today I had arranged for him to be sedated when his blood was drawn. The techs in charge of administering anaesthesia decided (independent of the vet) not to do so, without telling me. They did not apologize, and were in fact fairly rude. I made it clear that I would not ever do business with at least one of them again, but if you eliminate too many techs you have a problem. It seems to me that the clinic has had quite a turnover of techs lately, although the vet says not.

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This clinic easy for me to get to, and reasonably priced. My cat is old, and has hyperthyroidism, and today I had arranged for him to be sedated when his blood was drawn. The techs in charge of administering anaesthesia decided (independent of the vet) not to do so, without telling me. They did not apologize, and were in fact fairly rude. I made it clear that I would not ever do business with at least one of them again, but if you eliminate too many techs you have a problem. It seems to me that the clinic has had quite a turnover of techs lately, although the vet says not.

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I had good enough luck with other area vets, until one of them failed to find the FIV in a beautiful kitty, which got sicker and sicker. At a friend's suggestion I took him to St. Francis, where Dr. Lendeke diagnosed him with FIV. Quite angry, I went to my old vet with the FIV diagnosis, and was told that was too bad, as it was a horrible, wasting disease (I had figured that out by now), and offered to euthanize my cat at no charge.

Dr. Lendeke offered treatment, first ensuring we understood that the FIV was not going away, but we might be able to restore his health in spite of it. A year later Ambush was the biggest, healthiest, happiest cat in the neighborhood. Of course, he still had FIV, and it did take him in the end, but by the time he made his final trip to St. Francis more than a year and a half had passed. I will always be grateful to her. Ambush had a good life thanks to her skill.

I currently have two dogs, three cats. If I moved a half a days drive away and one of my friends became ill, we would have a road trip to St. Francis. The animals that live with me deserve the very best health care, and it is right here in Durham.

St. Francis is also the most comfortable veterinary facility I have ever entered. This is a gracious old home that would have made a fine B & B. My animals certainly prefer being able to walk on hardwood rather than scramble helplessly around on tile.

Every once in a rare while I will rate an establishment and wish I could give them another star. St. Francis is one of those truly exceptional places where five is just not enough.

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I had good enough luck with other area vets, until one of them failed to find the FIV in a beautiful kitty, which got sicker and sicker. At a friend's suggestion I took him to St. Francis, where Dr. Lendeke diagnosed him with FIV. Quite angry, I went to my old vet with the FIV diagnosis, and was told that was too bad, as it was a horrible, wasting disease (I had figured that out by now), and offered to euthanize my cat at no charge.

Dr. Lendeke offered treatment, first ensuring we understood that the FIV was not going away, but we might be able to restore his health in spite of it. A year later Ambush was the biggest, healthiest, happiest cat in the neighborhood. Of course, he still had FIV, and it did take him in the end, but by the time he made his final trip to St. Francis more than a year and a half had passed. I will always be grateful to her. Ambush had a good life thanks to her skill.

I currently have two dogs, three cats. If I moved a half a days drive away and one of my friends became ill, we would have a road trip to St. Francis. The animals that live with me deserve the very best health care, and it is right here in Durham.

St. Francis is also the most comfortable veterinary facility I have ever entered. This is a gracious old home that would have made a fine B & B. My animals certainly prefer being able to walk on hardwood rather than scramble helplessly around on tile.

Every once in a rare while I will rate an establishment and wish I could give them another star. St. Francis is one of those truly exceptional places where five is just not enough.

Pros: knowledgeable, caring, compassionate healers

Cons: None

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NOTE, my visits were in 2007, and last year was when I decided to take Salty to another vet. I only used St. Francis b/c recommended by the previous owner and they had her records.
Skin "wounds/bald spots" diagnosed and treated by Dr. Lindke with 2 rounds antibiotics, antifungals, and topical sprays and shampoos and powders galore, with no effect. After 3 visits in 1 mo., with no improvement, and $400 later, I explored my options. I was unimpressed with the employees and doctor, was not shown good service, the ladies up front were not outgoing and not welcoming via phone or in office unlike other reception at clinics I've patroned, and Lindke, for all her credentials on the walls, didn't listen to my account of Salty's problems, didn't pay attention, didn't use the information in Salty's best interest, wasn't "pet-centered" and friendly, and over-prescribed Rx's, including steroids, all of which had no effect. Actually, Salty had some vomit'g and CRAZY incontinence on all the meds, and wearing a "diaper" in the house didn't help her skin one bit! Used a vet closer to my home in North Raleigh. They ensured negative for ringworm, demodecs sp? (just to be sure, even though she's an adult), fleas, and then ran a culture and sensitivity, none of which St. Francis ever did. Ultimately, Salty had a few bacteria species?, which were secondary to a hormone "toxicity", as her adrenal glands are compromised! With bloodwork and the skin cultures, Salty was diagnosed with Cushing's disease accurately for $200! Lindke had seen this dog for a year while w/ the previous owner/rescuer, and had 3 more chances to put together the lethargy, inexplicable constant wt gain, poor skin, and other symptoms, all indicators of a hormonal imbalance. 1 hour in the room, drop off for 2 bloodraws with many hours between, and the new Raleigh hospital had the answer with results the next day! Salty gets a SINGLE effective med 2x/wk now, improved vastly, no thanks to St. Francis!

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NOTE, my visits were in 2007, and last year was when I decided to take Salty to another vet. I only used St. Francis b/c recommended by the previous owner and they had her records.
Skin "wounds/bald spots" diagnosed and treated by Dr. Lindke with 2 rounds antibiotics, antifungals, and topical sprays and shampoos and powders galore, with no effect. After 3 visits in 1 mo., with no improvement, and $400 later, I explored my options. I was unimpressed with the employees and doctor, was not shown good service, the ladies up front were not outgoing and not welcoming via phone or in office unlike other reception at clinics I've patroned, and Lindke, for all her credentials on the walls, didn't listen to my account of Salty's problems, didn't pay attention, didn't use the information in Salty's best interest, wasn't "pet-centered" and friendly, and over-prescribed Rx's, including steroids, all of which had no effect. Actually, Salty had some vomit'g and CRAZY incontinence on all the meds, and wearing a "diaper" in the house didn't help her skin one bit! Used a vet closer to my home in North Raleigh. They ensured negative for ringworm, demodecs sp? (just to be sure, even though she's an adult), fleas, and then ran a culture and sensitivity, none of which St. Francis ever did. Ultimately, Salty had a few bacteria species?, which were secondary to a hormone "toxicity", as her adrenal glands are compromised! With bloodwork and the skin cultures, Salty was diagnosed with Cushing's disease accurately for $200! Lindke had seen this dog for a year while w/ the previous owner/rescuer, and had 3 more chances to put together the lethargy, inexplicable constant wt gain, poor skin, and other symptoms, all indicators of a hormonal imbalance. 1 hour in the room, drop off for 2 bloodraws with many hours between, and the new Raleigh hospital had the answer with results the next day! Salty gets a SINGLE effective med 2x/wk now, improved vastly, no thanks to St. Francis!

Cons: Poor across the board! I've told my rescue group to disuade people from St Francis!

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St. Francis's vets are very warm and generous with their time. We've taken our animals there for many years - even traveling from Granville County for the first few years because we liked the high quality of customer service. The vets take as much time as needed with us and often stay after hours or make phone calls well into the evening to follow up on issues. Yes, the house is old, but that's part of the charm. A cold, white hospital is not what most animals need for most visits. We will always recommend St. Francis.

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St. Francis's vets are very warm and generous with their time. We've taken our animals there for many years - even traveling from Granville County for the first few years because we liked the high quality of customer service. The vets take as much time as needed with us and often stay after hours or make phone calls well into the evening to follow up on issues. Yes, the house is old, but that's part of the charm. A cold, white hospital is not what most animals need for most visits. We will always recommend St. Francis.

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I don't understand the negative review at all. The two vets at St. Francis are absolutely wonderful -- knowledgeable, skilled, hard working, communicative, and obviously full of love and compassion for animals. The house/office is a plus, not a negative. The rooms are large, have a warm atmosphere, and are definitely extremely clean and well-maintained. Several cats are happy to call this clinic home. Our dog and cat have received superior care at St. Francis. The animal technicians and office staff have all been very helpful and polite. I would recommend St. Francis to anyone who was looking for a wonderful vet.

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I don't understand the negative review at all. The two vets at St. Francis are absolutely wonderful -- knowledgeable, skilled, hard working, communicative, and obviously full of love and compassion for animals. The house/office is a plus, not a negative. The rooms are large, have a warm atmosphere, and are definitely extremely clean and well-maintained. Several cats are happy to call this clinic home. Our dog and cat have received superior care at St. Francis. The animal technicians and office staff have all been very helpful and polite. I would recommend St. Francis to anyone who was looking for a wonderful vet.

Pros: great vets

Cons: none

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NCSU sounds like s/he's difficult his/herself to deal with. Happy they found an alternative to their liking.
My cat just has small surgery and absolutely great care.

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NCSU sounds like s/he's difficult his/herself to deal with. Happy they found an alternative to their liking.
My cat just has small surgery and absolutely great care.

Pros: understanding client (pet) issues and owner concerns; easy to talk with

Cons: none in my view

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My initial impression was one of unusual charm...a hospital in a home. I'd seen this in the "rural country" but didn't expect in an urban environment. Instead of charm I should've seen red flag! I visited in 2006, after fostering a dog from a referred client of theirs. The MN 10 mo old pit/pointer mix had done well socializing at first, then unknown stimuli caused him to freeze, then defend fearfully his personal space! I agreed to foster him after being told he'd been at St. Francis for a while, getting desensitized and handled, trained and socialized, and all health and safety needs were met/up-to-date.
He defensively attacked my 12 y.o. Aust. shep/Collie FS, who has raised and socialized over 20 foster dogs and cats, successfully helping me rehome them! This foster boy sustained an ear bite wound, my old girl fractured a canine and had punctures all over her skull/muzzle!
I took both in, as St. Francis was to take care of foster boy's medical needs, I provide foster home, dedicated socializing, nutrition, and TLC, and thought they could help me with my elderly girl too. I should've taken her to her own wonderful vet she's had since we moved to the Triangle.
First, Dr. Maia came out after we sat for 15 min., him freaked out, and looked over Foster, or tried, but he hid under my chair, behind my old girl and I, and snapped whenever she approached. The receptionist was not helpful, slightly hysterical and loud, getting Foster even more fearful!
Then "Lindeke" met me in the exam room with their tech. This Dr. had less success, due to her sudden reach (threatening!) toward him, poor behavioral assessment, poor technique, and overall limited ability to gauge, handle and treat a "less reluctant" patient, to say the least. I have handled a variety of domestic animal species, in labs, on farms, in homes and clinics, and wildlife in field research, with a knowledge of behavior, repro, physiology, genetics, ecology, environment, growth and development, pathobio, and population health! Still, I expect a vet to have better experience and technique than myself with a terrified canine patient, and Lindeke just didn't! She had horrible communication skills, didn't really inquire as to his history with me, his behavior and health lately, cause or stimuli of the bite and aberrant behavior. She did the opposite and diagnosed on the spot his anxiety and trust issues, and the tech emphasized Foster had never acted such in "her care" and what did I do wrong. He wasn't greatly socialized with other dogs as they had said, he was fearful of a variety of stimuli (noise, movement, strange "objects"), and I brought him to them for help, not for unprofessional generalizations, accusations, and horrid assessment and recommendations!
They had this dog for months, yet that day none of them could touch him. He evaded a muzzle, a leash-restraint over mouth, their hands, all of THEM for an hour. They didn't touch him b/c he kept running away, in that huge house! The room was too big to confine him to a spot, set down a luring "bait" and wait for him to approach. Finally, they asked me just to leave him there with them, they'd try to sedate him, call the previous owner, then call me. The situation was handled with little professionalism and respect, was disastrous actually, and their "service" left much to be desired. As I turned, they asked "Oh, do you want us to look at "your" dog, too?" and I almost grimaced, politely said No way and left. They never called, I spoke with the previous owner, and I'd been misled as to St. Francis' work with this foster dog, their ability, their interest, and their commitment to follow through with the care they agreed to.
Later, I spoke with a neighbor who had moved downtown and she had taken her Pippi to St. Francis for a year until she found, ta da!, Suzy Hughes @ CPAH, and realized the caliber of care, skill, compassion, professionalism, quality medicine and knowledge she had been missing out on, for her and Pippi!
St. Francis nor Lindeke impressed NEITHER of us. Not from a fellow scientific/analytical background, a foster parent point of view, a devoted owner, mom and partner of dogs, or from the "bar" set by other vets, much more capable than St. Francis. Good hospitals aren't just a "sterile environment," they're warm and inviting thanks to the people and their ideals! "An old, cute home does not a good hospital make."

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My initial impression was one of unusual charm...a hospital in a home. I'd seen this in the "rural country" but didn't expect in an urban environment. Instead of charm I should've seen red flag! I visited in 2006, after fostering a dog from a referred client of theirs. The MN 10 mo old pit/pointer mix had done well socializing at first, then unknown stimuli caused him to freeze, then defend fearfully his personal space! I agreed to foster him after being told he'd been at St. Francis for a while, getting desensitized and handled, trained and socialized, and all health and safety needs were met/up-to-date.
He defensively attacked my 12 y.o. Aust. shep/Collie FS, who has raised and socialized over 20 foster dogs and cats, successfully helping me rehome them! This foster boy sustained an ear bite wound, my old girl fractured a canine and had punctures all over her skull/muzzle!
I took both in, as St. Francis was to take care of foster boy's medical needs, I provide foster home, dedicated socializing, nutrition, and TLC, and thought they could help me with my elderly girl too. I should've taken her to her own wonderful vet she's had since we moved to the Triangle.
First, Dr. Maia came out after we sat for 15 min., him freaked out, and looked over Foster, or tried, but he hid under my chair, behind my old girl and I, and snapped whenever she approached. The receptionist was not helpful, slightly hysterical and loud, getting Foster even more fearful!
Then "Lindeke" met me in the exam room with their tech. This Dr. had less success, due to her sudden reach (threatening!) toward him, poor behavioral assessment, poor technique, and overall limited ability to gauge, handle and treat a "less reluctant" patient, to say the least. I have handled a variety of domestic animal species, in labs, on farms, in homes and clinics, and wildlife in field research, with a knowledge of behavior, repro, physiology, genetics, ecology, environment, growth and development, pathobio, and population health! Still, I expect a vet to have better experience and technique than myself with a terrified canine patient, and Lindeke just didn't! She had horrible communication skills, didn't really inquire as to his history with me, his behavior and health lately, cause or stimuli of the bite and aberrant behavior. She did the opposite and diagnosed on the spot his anxiety and trust issues, and the tech emphasized Foster had never acted such in "her care" and what did I do wrong. He wasn't greatly socialized with other dogs as they had said, he was fearful of a variety of stimuli (noise, movement, strange "objects"), and I brought him to them for help, not for unprofessional generalizations, accusations, and horrid assessment and recommendations!
They had this dog for months, yet that day none of them could touch him. He evaded a muzzle, a leash-restraint over mouth, their hands, all of THEM for an hour. They didn't touch him b/c he kept running away, in that huge house! The room was too big to confine him to a spot, set down a luring "bait" and wait for him to approach. Finally, they asked me just to leave him there with them, they'd try to sedate him, call the previous owner, then call me. The situation was handled with little professionalism and respect, was disastrous actually, and their "service" left much to be desired. As I turned, they asked "Oh, do you want us to look at "your" dog, too?" and I almost grimaced, politely said No way and left. They never called, I spoke with the previous owner, and I'd been misled as to St. Francis' work with this foster dog, their ability, their interest, and their commitment to follow through with the care they agreed to.
Later, I spoke with a neighbor who had moved downtown and she had taken her Pippi to St. Francis for a year until she found, ta da!, Suzy Hughes @ CPAH, and realized the caliber of care, skill, compassion, professionalism, quality medicine and knowledge she had been missing out on, for her and Pippi!
St. Francis nor Lindeke impressed NEITHER of us. Not from a fellow scientific/analytical background, a foster parent point of view, a devoted owner, mom and partner of dogs, or from the "bar" set by other vets, much more capable than St. Francis. Good hospitals aren't just a "sterile environment," they're warm and inviting thanks to the people and their ideals! "An old, cute home does not a good hospital make."

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Reception: inattentive, rude, and just not "there." Obviously not passionate about their job. Doctor: no surprise her staff was rude, b/c she was rude, pompous, and all around disturbing. Poor medical recommendations, and poor knowledge of behavior, nutrition, ortho recovery, allergies and endocrine (hormone) dysfunction/disease. Horrid service (none to speak of) and the facility was an old house, wood everywhere, which harbors microorganisms...no way they're keeping that place clean enough to limit disease spread, mildew, and bacteria. I've used a plethora of vets in the Triangle for my own pets and rescues in the last 10 years. St. Francis just doesn't live up to their saint namesake at all; local folks can pay other vets and should. No compassion, no intelligence, and no return from me. Please go to Colony Park AH, or a variety of others that surpass this vet. You aren't doing your pet justice taking it here. They deserve better.

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Reception: inattentive, rude, and just not "there." Obviously not passionate about their job. Doctor: no surprise her staff was rude, b/c she was rude, pompous, and all around disturbing. Poor medical recommendations, and poor knowledge of behavior, nutrition, ortho recovery, allergies and endocrine (hormone) dysfunction/disease. Horrid service (none to speak of) and the facility was an old house, wood everywhere, which harbors microorganisms...no way they're keeping that place clean enough to limit disease spread, mildew, and bacteria. I've used a plethora of vets in the Triangle for my own pets and rescues in the last 10 years. St. Francis just doesn't live up to their saint namesake at all; local folks can pay other vets and should. No compassion, no intelligence, and no return from me. Please go to Colony Park AH, or a variety of others that surpass this vet. You aren't doing your pet justice taking it here. They deserve better.

Cons: Horrid service, poor medicine, DO NOT Use this hospital!

 

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