Archie’s Veterinary Practice, on Oak Road in Aylesbeare, Devon, has been opened by qualified vet Miss Sprayson with the help of funding from Lloyds TSB.

A practice specialising in small animal care has opened in south-west England.

L-R: Miss Sprayson, locum vet nurse Sally Harvey and Lloyds TSB relationship manager Noel Munson.Archie’s Veterinary Practice, on Oak Road in Aylesbeare, Devon, has been started by Tess Sprayson, a qualified vet who has worked across the county for more than 15 years.

According to Miss Sprayson, she spotted a gap in the market for a practice specifically for small animals.

“I noticed a lack of existing practices serving Aylesbeare and the surrounding villages such as West Hill, Woodbury and Newton Poppleford,” she said. “I wanted to focus specifically on the care of small companion animals and provide a very personal and direct service where all of my clients receive excellent continuity of care.

“Given the area is so rural, it can be quite far to travel to the bigger practices in Devon and Exeter, particularly with a distressed or sick animal, so Archie’s is designed to cater to people who want to avoid long trips. The premises have lots of parking spaces providing easy access to the surgery and I also offer a home visit service, which is particularly useful for more elderly pet owners who struggle to get out the house.

“My overall aim for the practice is to provide a sustainable service in the area that can support an animal throughout its entire lifetime.”

To help open her business, Miss Sprayson used funding from Lloyds TSB,  which was secured under the Lloyds Funding for Lending Scheme. She used the money to invest in new equipment and safety features including a radiography suite and diagnostic tools. She has also recruited several new members of staff including a nurse, acupuncturist and physiotherapist and will also be investing in an animal ambulance to use for home visits.

Miss Sprayson said Lloyds had been “instrumental” in the launch of Archie’s.

“Without its support and guidance I would have really struggled to make a success of the business,” she said. “I am looking forward to growing Archie’s over the next few months.”

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