A former pub given a new lease of life as a “long-awaited” £1.3 million CVS animal hospital saw hundreds of visitors pour through its doors at the official opening.
Owners and their pets visited the former watering hole – The Queens Head, in Londonderry Lane – for the opening of YourVets24 Smethwick.
Lynne Reeves, owner of Birmingham-based charity The Animal House Rescue, cut a ribbon to officially open the practice.
Ms Reeves said: “YourVets24 Smethwick has been long-awaited in Sandwell [in the West Midlands] and our local network of foster carers will certainly be reassured that such a modern and 24-hour facility has opened on their doorstep.
“I am delighted to have officially opened it in the presence of local residents who are clearly going to benefit from its facilities, as well as the impeccable expertise of its staff.”
Visitors toured the new facility, took part in games and prize draws, and enjoyed celebratory foods, including cupcakes. Meanwhile, staff gave visiting dogs and cats a complimentary manicure.
Hospital coordinator Nathan Price said: “This is a fantastic, much-needed animal hospital for the area and it was great to welcome lots of new clients during our open day, as well as offer behind-the-scenes access, so local residents can fully appreciate the work we do – from routine check-ups to major operations.
“I’m very proud to be part of this new venture, and my team and I are extremely dedicated to providing the best possible care for the pets of Sandwell and beyond.”
According to YourVets24, the clinic is the town’s first 24-hour veterinary surgery and includes:
- digital x-ray
- ultrasound and monitoring equipment
- a conference room
- on-site parking
YourVets24 Smethwick employees 16 staff, including vets, veterinary nurses, veterinary care assistants and receptionists.