WORK is set to start on a new £1.6million veterinary hospital in Wakefield.
Chantry Vets is transforming a former office block in Brindley Way, Wakefield, into a state-of-the-art hospital after outgrowing their current premises in Alverthorpe.
The veterinary hospital will be one of the most modern, high-tech facilities in the north of England, providing 24-hour care and an expansion of their advanced services.
Plans for the hospital include five consultation rooms, kennels, separate cat and dog wards and it will be able to house some of the most modern equipment such as a new CT scanner, x-ray machine and endoscope.
Work to transform the building starts this summer and is expected to be completed in early 2020.
Chantry Vets is part of VetPartners, which is funding the new hospital – one of a number of major projects being commissioned by the UK-wide veterinary group, which is also behind new veterinary hospitals for Valley Vets in Cardiff and Woodcroft Vets in Cheadle, Cheshire.
The new 9,000 square feet Wakefield hospital is expected to create a number of jobs for vets, veterinary nurses and receptionists.
Chantry Vets Surgical Director Lisa Flood said: “We are bursting out of the seams at our current site and desperately need more space to enable us to continue to provide the highest level of service and veterinary care.
“The new hospital will give us the opportunity to keep progressing and provide the best possible facilities. There will be huge benefits for the veterinary team as we will have more space in which to work and access to high-tech equipment. It will also benefit clients and their pets in the level of service we can provide.
“We have a talented team of vets and highly qualified nurses and, as well as first opinion work, we will be accepting referrals from neighbouring practices and other VetPartners practices.”
Included in the investment is a new CT scanner, an essential tool for diagnosing orthopaedic and soft tissue conditions that are otherwise difficult to detect.
Leading vets will be based at the new hospital, including Dr Flood, who has certificates in Surgery and Imaging and is working towards a further certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice.
Valeria Vastano has a certificate in Exotics, while Beatriz Calvo is working towards a certificate in Endosurgery and Alastair McGuire is working towards a certificate in Ophthamology.
Chantry Vets’ main surgery in Alverthorpe will become a branch surgery.
For more than 50 years, Chantry Vets has been providing high quality healthcare for small animals at its surgeries across West Yorkshire and the practice has around 20,000 clients.