New £5m vets centre opens in Wakefield

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A new £5m veterinary centre has opened, creating up to 80 jobs in Wakefield.

Paragon Veterinary Referrals is one of the largest and best-equipped animal centres in the UK, with a £1 million imaging suite with state-of-the-art MRI and CT scanners, five operating theatres and extensive kennelling facilities and cat wards.

Up to 80 staff will be employed, including up to 18 referral vets and 32 nurses, while dedicated treatment will include ophthalmology, orthopaedics, soft tissue surgery, cardiology, neurology, medicine and dermatology.

The centre, in Paragon Business Park, was officially opened by Wakefield Trinity rugby league stars on Monday.

Paragon has also linked up with the club by providing a year-long sponsorship deal. The facility, which is part of Calder Vets, is being led by MD Ian Monteith and clinical director Adam Bell.

Mr Bell said: “The opening of Paragon is the culmination of an 18-month project to bring the very best quality referral veterinary centre here to Wakefield. We’re delighted to open our doors and the team here at Paragon Veterinary Referrals are totally committed to, and looking forward to, providing excellent care for patients using the latest veterinary techniques.”

Mr Monteith added: “We’ll be employing dozens of people, largely living locally, as well as dealing with possibly hundreds of referring vets across the north of England, so we wanted to connect with the community straight away.

“Our sponsorship of Wakefield Trinity seemed a natural route to take given the affinity for rugby league across Yorkshire and we were absolutely delighted the players were able to take time out of their training week to help us celebrate the opening of Paragon.”