A growing, independent veterinary group has celebrated the official opening of its fifth small animal surgery in Wiltshire.

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From left: Melksham town crier Peter Dauncey, large animal partner Duncan Williams, assistant nurse manager Gemma Smith, small animal partner Nick Hill, receptionist Leonie Harrison, VN Natalie Gowen, small animal partner Julian Porter, small animal partner Andrew Simmons and chairman of Melksham Without Parish Council Councillor Richard Wood.

Garston Veterinary Group opened the practice at Melksham, north-west of Trowbridge, to expand the existing group of surgeries at Frome, Warminister, Trowbridge and Westbury.

Base for partners

The surgery will be a base for small animal partners Nick Hill and Andrew Simmons. The branch will also offer a range of food and pet accessories.

Mr Hill said: “Most of our practices are further south in Wiltshire, so this will help us to reach more people in the county.”

Small animals and big cats

As well as caring for family pets and farm animals, Garston Vets, established in 1911, also has the task of looking after animals living at Longleat Safari Park. It means the pets of Melksham residents could be looked after by the same team who care for Longleat’s lions.

Mr Hill said: “The Melksham branch will be a consulting practice, so we will be able to see pets then, if they need further treatment, we’ll do it at our Trowbridge practice. We’ll have an ambulance service between the towns in case it’s necessary.”

The surgery was officially opened by company staff, chairman of Melksham Without Parish Council Councillor Richard Wood and Melksham town crier Peter Dauncey.

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