A mixed veterinary practice based in Halifax is set to open a new, purpose-built, small animal clinic at a central site to provide an even higher standard of service for pets and their owners in West Yorkshire.

A 3D artist’s impression of the new practice.

Hird & Partners holds the prestigious Tier 2 accreditation from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has specialist equine, farm animal and small animal facilities at four separate sites in and around Halifax. It also has branches at Walsden and Ripponden.

Of the new clinic, practice partner Eddie Burt said: “Expansion wasn’t possible at Blackwall so we obtained permission to build a smart, new purpose-designed clinic on a new site at King Street. Work started at the end of June, with a formal sod-cutting ceremony overseen by members of staff and contractors. 

Completion is scheduled for January 2015, after which we will be able to provide even better standards of treatment and care for all our small animal patients.”

The new premises will have four consultation rooms, bespoke clinical, surgical and diagnostic suites and the convenience of on-site referral to cardiology and ophthalmology specialists. There will be fully equipped dog, cat, small animal and exotic pet wards, a spacious waiting area with a retail section, an on-site dispensary and a substantial meeting room in which client evenings can be comfortably hosted.

The new clinic will also provide a referral service for the practice’s branch surgeries and has a large car park where on-site mobile MRI and CT scanner units can be easily accommodated and accessed.

Hird & Partners is one of very few independent veterinary practices left in Halifax. It holds Tier 2 accreditation and provides its own out-of-hours emergency service.

Mr Burt added: “We fully intend to carry on with and upgrade our out of hours services. We believe it is important and reassuring to our clients that they have the consistency of seeing our own team of vets in a familiar environment at anytime of the day or night.”

Progress on the new build is being recorded on Hird & Partners Facebook page and the practice is soon planning to recruit new members of staff to support the expansion.

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