A veterinary practice in Winchester is celebrating being awarded hospital status.

Mildmay Veterinary Centre directors Nikki Hoad, left, and Melanie Norris.

The Mildmay Veterinary Centre, established more than 30 years ago, is based in purpose-built premises and has a branch in Overton.

In preparation for its inspection by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons last April, it invested in a new hydrotherapy pool and new equipment, which extended the range of procedures that can be performed in-house.

Co-clinical director Melanie Norris said: “Our previous inspection in 2009 had shown we were close to achieving hospital status so we wanted to go the extra mile to prove we were worthy of this accreditation.

“In addition to the significant investment in our new hydrotherapy pool and equipment, we also reviewed our clinical standards and protocols.

“It was satisfying to realise many of our existing protocols and procedures were already up to hospital standard, but we still had to work hard to collate a great deal of information to show to the inspectors.”

Co-clinical director Nikki Hoad paid tribute to the efforts of the whole Mildmay team.

“We were delighted to hear we had achieved hospital status and are proud of everyone in the team who work so hard every day to care for our patients and their owners in the best possible way,” she said. It is an enormous boost to all of us.

“We’re certainly not stopping here and already have plans to extend the range of services we provide further still.”

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