Cave Veterinary Specialists has opened a brand new, state-of-the-art referral centre in Somerset, specialising in small animal internal medicine, surgical and oncology cases.

Cave Veterinary Specialists, a respected veterinary referral organisation, has opened its brand new, state-of-the-art referral centre at West Buckland, near Wellington, Somerset.

Cave Veterinary Specialists' new centre of excellence.The new 7,000ft2 centre, which has taken 5 months to build, is one of very few of its size and kind in the UK and offers referring vets a South West based centre of clinical excellence in veterinary medicine and surgery, specialising in small animal internal medicine, surgical and oncology cases. 

The project was the idea of husband and wife team Tom and Claire Cave. Tom is a renowned specialist in the field of animal oncology and veterinary internal medicine and Claire is a veterinary nurse with over eighteen years experience. They are joined by highly-respected soft tissue surgeon Prue Neath, seven fully qualified veterinary nurses and five administrative staff. 

Tom CaveBrand new facilities include 2 fluoroscopic-ready surgical theatres with top of the range operating lighting and full anaesthetic monitoring, separate suites for digital radiography, endoscopy, ultrasonography and chemotherapy, a massive prep room and spacious kennelling facilities for over thirty patients. It also provides a convenient location just off the M5 with plenty of free parking and a generous amount of space to exercise animals.  

Mr Cave said: “This is a project we’ve been dreaming of for many years, so it’s amazing to see it all up and running with a full staff and animals already being cared for. We’re particularly excited about the state of the art facilities we’ve got built into this working environment which will allow us to treat the most complicated of cases to the very highest standards of care.”

“Focusing on soft tissue, internal medicine and oncology cases we’ll be able to take MRI referrals from the start by utilising the mobile MRI unit – but our plan is to expand into the great space we have here with new radiotherapy and physiotherapy facilities at some point in the near future.”

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