Plan revealed for new £1.4m 'state of the art' veterinary hospital for dogs and cats in Leeds

Plans to open a new state-of-the-art £1.4m veterinary hospital in Leeds have been revealed.

Friday, 24th January 2020, 11:45 am
The new vet hospital could open in Seacroft by the end of the year.

Beechwood Veterinary Group are planning to open the new vet hospital in Seacroft, featuring seven consulting rooms, three operating theatres, a dedicated x-ray

room and a dental theatre at a former office building.

The firm said that a team of 20 staff, currently based at Beechwood Veterinary Group's main clinic in Cross Gates, could transfer to the new site at Seacroft's Temple House later this year as part of the plans.

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However, the company's current Cross Gates building will remain open for routine healthcare, it said.

Beechwood Vets’ Practice Manager Kelly Mann said: “We will be able to offer a much better service at the new hospital as there will be much more space for improved facilities.

“We have outgrown our current site in Crossgates and struggle with the number of consulting rooms and lack of kennel space.

"This limits the number nurse clinics we can offer to our clients. We have an excellent team of enthusiastic nurses, who are keen to grow and develop this service, so having the additional consulting space will allow us to do this.

"As well as providing improved facilities for clients and patients, it will be a great place to work for our veterinary team. It’s an exciting time for us all and it has been great being part of the planning process.”

A separate cat and dog ward will be introduced to reduce fighting, enabling their experience to be more stress free.

The site also has space to include a CT scanner in the future, allowing the hospital to handle a wider variety of cases such as orthopaedics and tumour analysis.

The additional operating space will allow the hospital to offer biopsies and minimally invasive surgery such as a laparoscopy.

Beechwood Veterinary Group said it hoped that the new site would open in "late summer" this year.

The £1.4m hospital is being funded by VetPartners, a York-based veterinary group that owns 130 of the UK’s practices.

The project is also part of a £20m investment by VetPartners in new practice sites in 2020.