Crown Vets, a long-standing Veterinary Hospital in Inverness, has received planning permission to open a new state of the art referral hospital, which will serve pet owners from all over the Highlands and North of Scotland.
Highland Vet Referrals, which will move into a brand new building in the Culduthel area in the west of the city, is due to open during the summer of 2022.
Highland Vet Referrals, which will see the existing Crown Vets Referrals service relocate from its current site on Argyle Street, will accept patients referred from veterinary practices across the Highlands - particularly pets which need more dedicated or surgical treatment. Crown Vets will then offer an expanded first opinion veterinary service for pets at their Argyle Street premises.
Sandra Campbell, practice manager at Crown Vets, said: “We are at maximum capacity at our current first opinion and referrals practice in Argyle Street.
“Our new 3,000 sq. ft referral hospital will include state-of-the-art equipment and extended clinical services including two new dedicated operating theatres, three consulting rooms, separate cat and dog wards and a new CT scanner. The hospital will offer pets a wide scope of surgical procedures, including spinal surger, which has not been available in the region before.
“Our team of dedicated vets and nurses are passionate about ensuring the best outcomes and the highest standards of care for your pet in our city which, like many others throughout the UK, has a growing pet population.”
Highland Vet Referrals will be headed up by clinical director Bruce Nevill and there are plans to create job opportunities for several new roles at the new hospital, including a dedicated surgical nursing team.
Highland Vet Referrals will be part of the IVC Evidensia Referrals network, which has over 100 veterinary referral centres across the UK.
John Turkington, head of referral developments in the UK for IVC Evidensia, Europe’s leading veterinary care provider, said: “We are delighted that permission has been granted for our new hospital, which will be a leading veterinary referrals facility in the north of Scotland. Our new Inverness hospital is being designed to enable the best outcomes for our pet patients, with cutting-edge technology and highly experienced staff.”
The new Highland Vet Referrals site is easily accessible on the main distributor road into Inverness city centre, within easy reach of the A86, A9 and A82.