Vets practices in the South West, Midlands and Wales will now haveaccess to a wider range of specialist equine referral servicesfollowing the recent merger of Bushy Equine Vets and the WillesleyEquine Clinic.

The two companies merged to become b&W Equine Group on March 1 and director Richard Hepburn says it means enhanced provision for their practice customers.

(L-R) Duncan Ballard, Richard Hepburn, Ian Camm and Alex wood He said: “We feel there are two aspects to providing the best referral service. These are a full range of up to date equipment, and more importantly a breadth and depth of knowledge and clinical skills. Both should be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

The merged group means it now employs 20 specialists and clinicians covering areas such as orthopaedics, internal medicine, cardiology, diagnostic imaging, stud medicine, soft tissue and colic surgery. In addition to the merger, the new company has been granted planning permission for a new state of the art hospital to be built adjacent to the Breadstone clinic.

Mr Hepburn said: “The new hospital, which is due for completion in 2010, will create one of Europes most advanced diagnostic and surgical centres. By merging we are able to afford to build the most complete equine hospital in the South West, with MRI, CT, scintigraphy, orthopaedic and colic theatres, adult and neonatal ICU suites, full onsite laboratory and separate isolation facilities.

“The hospital will also have first class intensive care facilities. We believe that with ongoing advances in equine veterinary science there is a continual need to provide even better facilities and equipment.

“The reason we chose the Breadstone site is that it is located close to the M4/M5 intersection, making it easily accessible from all directions. However we are also continuing to invest in the latest portable equipment, including video endoscopes, digital radiography and ultrasound scanners, so that when appropriate we can undertake more specialist work at referring practices.”

The new company will retain all four existing sites covering Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and South Wales.

Concluding, Mr Hepburn claimed that b&W has a “dynamic group of directors” that are working towards a goal of providing the best possible service for vets throughout the west of England, South Wales and Midlands, now and in the future.

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