Ashcroft Vets have announced plans for a £1.5m expansion to create Scunthorpe’s first animal hospital.

Vet Iain Etridge revealed the plans as he took over sole control of Ashcroft Vets following the retirement of his business partner Simon Maddy.

Mr Etridge said: “We have outgrown our headquarters at Calcot House on Winterton Road and are now in the final stages of completing the purchase of additional premises where we plan to create the animal hospital.

“We will be seeking Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons status as a fully accredited veterinary hospital as soon as the work has been completed.”

As well as the latest surgical suites and equipment, the new premises will also feature hydrotherapy and physiotherapy facilities, together with the area’s first “doggy day care” centre.

“This is by far our biggest expansion since the practice was formed almost 30 years ago,” said Mr Etridge.

“The investment highlights how we are determined to provide services that are unsurpassed in the region and will meet an increasing demand for pet care.”

As well as its plans for the new building, Ashcroft Vets is due to begin a £65,000 refurbishment of its Winterton Road premises in November.

The work will include refurbishing the operating suites and preparation areas and installing a new digital x-ray system.
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