Former prime minister Gordon Brown has officially opened a new surgery in Cowdenbeath, Fife. The Inglis Care and Save Surgery aims to offer discounted pet care for clients as well as high quality training for veterinary students.

Former prime minister Gordon Brown has officially opened a pioneering veterinary practice in Fife.

Gordon Brown speaks at the opening of Inglis Care and SaveThe MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath opened the Inglis Care and Save Surgery in Cowdenbeath on September 10, 2012, unveiling a commemorative plaque to mark the event.

The surgery is the brainchild of managers at Dunfermline-based Inglis Veterinary Hospital, and aims to provide both discounted pet care for clients and quality training facilities for veterinary students.

The surgery – which has a wide range of hi-tech facilities within an operating theatre, a treatment room, a prep area, an x-ray/diagnostics room and separate cat and dog wards – is to be used by students at the Royal Dick to gain hands-on experience of work in a modern practice.

The surgery also has a computerised pharmacy dispensing unit – something it claims is one of the first of its kind in practice in the UK.

Mr Brown and Mr Tjolle share a joke on a tour of the new facilityOpening the new surgery, Mr Brown – a former student and rector of Edinburgh University – joked that it was “the first Edinburgh University campus in Fife” and told invited guests: “I am very excited about what has been achieved here. This has been brilliantly conceived and I am sure it will provide a service that will benefit not only the people of Cowdenbeath and beyond but the university students who come here.”

Adam Tjolle, managing director of Inglis, believes the new surgery will offer excellent saving benefits for clients.

He said: “This service is being launched in recognition of the fact that some people may ordinarily struggle with their veterinary bills. We want to continue providing the highest levels of care and want to make this accessible to as many people as possible.

“This new model has some absolutely crucial and modern elements in place which should ensure it is a success.”

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