(L - R): Surgical director Lisa Flood, head veterinary nurse Michelle Rewcastle and her dog Roxy, and operations manager Vicki Pearce.
Matthew Neville

New “state-of-the-art” £1.6m Wakefield veterinary hospital set to open

A new £1.6m veterinary hospital offering contemporary facilities for poorly pets across West Yorkshire is set to welcome its first clients.

Chantry Vets has transformed a former office block in Brindley Way, Wakefield, into a “state-of-the-art” hospital after outgrowing its premises in Batley Road, Alverthorpe.

Covering 9,000 sq ft, the new veterinary hospital, which opens on March 30, will be one of the most modern facilities in the North of England, providing 24-hour care and an expansion of services.

Clients bringing their pets for treatment or routine care will benefit from the “latest high-tech equipment”, including a new CT scanner, digital x-ray, including dental and in-theatre equipment, five consulting rooms, kennels with separate medical, surgical and ICU wards for dogs and cats.

The opening of the new hospital will allow expansion of services, with scope to recruit further vets, veterinary nurses and receptionists. Some team members will transfer from the Alverthorpe site in a huge logistical operation. Alverthorpe will remain open as a branch surgery to serve pet owners in the area.

Chantry Vets surgical director Lisa Flood, who will lead the clinical team at the new hospital, said: “The new hospital will give us the opportunity to continue to progress and provide the best possible facilities for patients and a great service for clients.

“There will be huge benefits for the veterinary team as we will have more space in which to work and access to cutting-edge equipment. We have a talented team of vets and highly qualified nurses. We will offer first opinion work and accept referrals from neighbouring practices.”

Vicki Pearce, operations manager, added: “The team is incredibly excited because our dream of a new hospital has been brought to life. A new veterinary hospital for Wakefield has been our dream for a long time, and it has been made possible thanks to significant investment.

“This has been a huge logistical operation for everyone involved, but having more space will enable us to expand services and provide the best possible veterinary care, as well as a great place to work.”

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