Donview Veterinary Centre in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, has benefited from a £265,000 investment from the VetPartners group to upgrade its facilities for patients and staff.
The practice has expanded its capacity followed the addition of two extra consulting rooms, taking the total to five. It has also added a third theatre for operations and surgical procedures.
The revamp also includes the creation of separate dog and cat wards, state-of-the-art accommodation, upgraded critical care and monitoring equipment, a new dental room with radiography and an animal pharmacy.
Two senior vets, Laurie Ferguson-Skea and Katie James, have become clinical directors of the practice. The practice’s team of 30 vets, nurses, receptionists and admin support will also benefit from revamped facilities with two rest rooms for on-call vets working overnight, a kitchen, shower room, relaxation area with lockers and a training room.
In a separate development, VetPartners has acquired its first practice in Ireland.
Westgate Veterinary Hospital in Drogheda, which looks after small and large animals in County Louth and County Meath, has become the group’s founding practice in Ireland.
Established in 1986, Westgate employs a team of 25 vets, veterinary nurses, receptionists and admin. It also has a second site, Laytown Veterinary Clinic, which opened in 2002. Owners John Russell, Simon Rath and William Burgess will remain at the practice as clinical directors.
VetPartners currently has more than 600 practice locations across seven European countries, as well as complimentary businesses, including laboratories, two nursing schools, a locum agency and online retail businesses.