Ardene House, the largest veterinary practice in the north of Scotland, is aiming to double its turnover in the next five years following a £750,000 investment at its main Kingswells base as well as its branch surgery at the Bridge of Don.

Ardene House, the largest veterinary practice in the north of Scotland, is aiming to double its turnover in the next five years following a £750,000 investment at its main Kingswells base as well as its branch surgery at the Bridge of Don.

(L-R) Linda Forsyth (Ardene House practice manager), Peter Lyon and Stephen Hepburn (Clydesdale Bank) and Mervyn Drever (Ardene House senior partner)The investment, provided by Clydesdale Bank’s Aberdeen Financial Solutions Centre (FSC), has doubled the company’s facilities, creating additional purpose-built amenities for domestic and farm animals, as well as increasing the consultancy capacity for its specialist equine division.

The company’s turnover is currently circa £3 million and this is set to increase two-fold in the coming years following the increase in the hospitals services.

Prior to the building of the extension the practice was running at full capacity and it was unable to take on additional work. The firm decided to close its Aberdeen city centre site and centralise most of its 50 staff to its site in Kingswells. The extension and the increase in capacity at the hospital will mean additional employees will be brought in to assist with the heightened workload.

Mervyn Drever, senior partner at Ardene House, said: “To meet the increase in demand across all our veterinary services important decisions had to be addressed to ensure the company continued to grow and the logical conclusion was to expand the Kingswells Hospital. Running our main operation from a single site means we can offer world-class facilities and a 24-hour service. The company is now better placed to meet the requirements of our clients and strengthen our position and reputation in the North East.”

(L-R) Mervyn Drever (Ardene House senior partner), Peter Lyon and Stephen Hepburn (Clydesdale Bank) and Linda Forsyth (Ardene House practice manager)The company, which is the only RCVS accredited small animal veterinary hospital in Aberdeen, has also collaborated with Out of Hours emergency veterinary care company Vets Now. This means it is the only practice open 24 hours, 7 days a week, providing a comprehensive accident and emergency service.

Mr Drever said: “The completion of the extension has cemented our position as the leading animal hospital in the North of Scotland. Kingswells is the best equipped practice in the region and we attract a number of the UK’s leading consultants. This is a good income stream for the company and the expansion of our facilities will mean we can increase this side of the business without interrupting our day-to-day veterinary service.”

The company, which is the only RCVS accredited small animal veterinary hospital in Aberdeen, has also collaborated with Out of Hours emergency veterinary care company Vets Now. This means it is the only practice open 24 hours, 7 days a week, providing a comprehensive accident and emergency service.

Ardene House has a shareholding in XL Vets, a group of 44 independently owned progressive veterinary practices throughout the UK.

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