The following link discusses the Value Vet and Clinico proposals. Ed Boks dated this letter to the Commission August 21, 2008.
The specifics with respect to Value Vet's spay/neuter charges as well as Boks stating they are not just going to be a spay/neuter clinic, but a full service vet clinic--in competition with other local private veterinarians, can be found on pages 5-6. Page 5 states Value Vet will be a full service clinic.
Page 6 specifically compares Value Vet's charges with Clinico's. Value Vet's charges are 300% higher than Clinico's across the board, that is, almost 4 times as high..
This next link is the minutes to the Commission meeting a few days later. Only Commissioner Riordan voted against Value Vet.
I hope the Commission will not make the same error when it comes to the West Valley shelter clinic. Reject the Value Vet proposal and demand a new RFP (Request for Proposals) that either will open bidding to vets who will provide not only the shelter's S/N needs, but who will offer REALLY affordable S/H, such as Clinico, and the incentive is that they can open a full service veterinary clinic, or, allow Clinico to bid on the West Valley contract.
The strange thing is that two years ago--I believe--it was part of Animal Services budget to hire six vets just to do S/N surgeries in house. Somewhere along the way that idea was dropped. Too bad.
I guess Boks figured it was too difficult for Department personnel to rise to that task and therefore they'd would task it out. Or, they lost the funding for those positions. I'll locate that letter to the Commission in a bit.