The rapid growth of the Pets at Home Vet Group has continued with the opening of the firm’s 400th practice.
On 12 October, two years after opening its 300th practice in Eastleigh, the Mayor of Havant, councillor Faith Ponsonby, cut the ribbon on a new small animal practice on Hayling Island in Hampshire.
Chief executive Sally Hopson also attended the event and welcomed new joint venture partner Daniele Saita, before confirming the expansion of the group will continue.
700 practice target
Ms Hopson said: “The Hayling Island Vets4Pets practice marks another significant step in the journey of the Pets at Home Vet Group.
“We’re all delighted for Daniele and his team to be the 400th surgery in the group, opened using the Joint Venture Partnership model.”
“It’s almost two years to the day since we opened the 300th practice in nearby Eastleigh and we find ourselves reaching another level in our quest of more than 700 practices in the UK, both in Pets at Home stores and standalone locations.”
Mr Saita qualified as a vet from Milan Vet University in his native Italy in 2001, before making the decision to move to the UK seven years later. He has a special interest in orthopaedic surgery, and has worked for the RSPCA and a number of veterinary practices.
He said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to welcome my first clients through the doors and honoured to be the person who opens such a momentous practice. It’s a very exciting time for me and my team.
“I love being a vet and I’ve been working towards owning my own practice ever since I moved to the UK in 2008. It’s great that my hard work and patience has paid off.”
The practice has three consult rooms, an operating theatre, and separate cat and dog kennels.
Like all new Vets4Pets practices, it is equipped with digital x-ray facilities, an in-house laboratory, isolation units and a spacious waiting area.
Gold x-ray machine
To mark the occasion PLH Medical will provide the surgery with a gold x-ray machine.
Mike Jenkins, managing director at PLH Medical Ltd, said: “As a partner to the Pets at Home Vet Group from the very beginning, PLH Medical is proud to mark this special occasion.
“This landmark unit will also be the 1,000th Hi-Ray portable x-ray system that we have installed in UK veterinary practices.”