Improvements at Edgewood Veterinary Practice in Maldon include a new operating theatre, a nurse consulting room, a pre-operative preparation room and separate recovery rooms for cats and dogs.

An Essex-based veterinary surgery has reopened after a £140,000 makeover.

Mr Theinert stands in one of the new recovery rooms at the Maldon-based practice.Edgewood Veterinary Practice in Maldon – which was shut for three months during its transformation – has been completely refurbished and now boasts state-of-the-art equipment, including a new operating theatre, meaning the previously consultation-only practice can now carry out procedures.

There is also a designated nurse consultation room where nurses can carry out weight clinics, nail clipping and blood sampling. Other improvements include a dispensary, a pre-operative preparation room and separate recovery rooms for cats and dogs. The surgery will also now be able to carry out dental work.

The Maldon practice – which is built on a former coal yard – is one of three in the Edgewood group. The other two are in Purleigh and Burnham-on-Crouch. Maldon’s refurbishment, says the group, will mean fewer referrals to the main branch in Purleigh.

The refurbishment means less referrals will be made to the group's main practice in nearby Purleigh.Jürgen Theinert, director of Edgewood, said: “We are delighted to have the new practice open.

“The roof of the practice has been replaced with modern pantiles, so as to preserve the authenticity of the local area, and the interior walls have been removed in parts and new walls added to utilise the existing space more efficiently. Effectively, it has almost been completely rebuilt.

“It has been a veterinary surgery for more than 30 years and this has been the first major investment in it for all these years – it needed adapting and updating.”

Following the refurbishment, Mr Theinert also said the company is “really looking to the future and improving things for [its] clients”.

“Many of [them] have been with us for decades,” he said.

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