Totally agree also re Julio. He is an island treasure always up to date on the latest techniques and meds and very skilled at what he does. I don't think his boarding kennel is spacious as Minerva's is, however. Or perhaps I didn't take a close enough look.Never had the opportunity to use Minerva's vet services as I started out with Julio before I met her and never felt the need to stray but I'll bet money she's excellent also.
I love Julio because he gets all the fancy stuff and let's you watch. For example, we decided to give Nikki a dewormer after the flagyl on his bout of giardia to try and get rid of them for good. But before you give a wormer you have to be dang sure there are no heartworms present.
So he has this little sealed packet that you open up and it has a little plastic device in it like a pregnancy test. You put a drop of blood on the end, wait two minutes and that's all it takes now to test for heartworm.
I told my California based daughter about this and she commented that she knew they must be doing something like that because they take the blood away and keep you waiting for 5-10 minutes. Then charge you $100. It's fun being in on the test. Also paying 1/3 the US price for it.