Vets opens doors to £13m extension

PUBLISHED: 08:20 11 January 2012

Head Surgical Nurse Becky Jones with a Golden Retriever named Seth

Head Surgical Nurse Becky Jones with a Golden Retriever named Seth

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DOORS to a £13million extension at a North Somerset veterinary surgery have opened which will keep the centre at the forefront of healthcare for sick animals in the UK.

The development of the University of Bristol’s Langford Veterinary Services (LVS) includes a new small animal surgery building and an intensive care unit.

The centre also has five new theatres, a dedicated anaesthesia recovery area, an imaging suite and separate accommodation for cats and dogs to stay during their treatment.

Lynne Hill, chief executive officer for the surgery, said the new buildings and equipment would prove to be a massive boost for the complex.

The changes to LVS, which was built in the 1950s, will help the centre cement its position as one of the best training grounds for young vets anywhere in the UK. The new imaging suite, one of only a handful that exist in the country, has been built to allow procedures, such as scanning a horse’s head, to be carried out while the animal is conscious which was not previously possible and reduces the invasiveness of any procedure.

Ms Hill said: “The new facility provides state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging facilities at all times, to help the animals under our care.”

Plans for the multi-million pound redevelopment include a £3million new equine surgery extension which has not yet been completed, although a LVS spokesman said it will open later this month. Three theatres will be built as part of the work.

The majority of funding has come from the university as well as donations from various charities such as the Alborada Trust, Langford Trust and the Donkey Sanctuary.

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