A KETTERING veterinary hospital is moving to larger premises to offer improved facilities for pet owners.
Northlands Veterinary Hospital is to relocate from its current location in Northampton Road to a purpose-built surgery on Station Road at a cost of around £750,000.
Northlands has been based at its Northampton Road location for more than 50 years, providing its veterinary services to pet owners in Kettering, as well as surrounding towns and villages.
This new building is a short distance from the current site and will be renovated with a modern appearance and additional space to provide extra comfort and facilities for ill pets.
It will boast three consulting rooms, three operating rooms, dental room, ultrasound and x-ray room, reception and waiting area.
There will also be a CT scanner, separate kennelling and waiting room facilities for dogs and cats, and improved car parking for clients.
Karl Walker, Practice Manager, said: “This is going to be a fantastic move for Northlands and will allow us to provide a complete veterinary service for our clients and their pets for years to come.
“The building has three floors allowing us the space to adapt the premises to our requirements and provide a modern, relaxed working environment for the practice team.
“It is an attractive old building and we will be retaining as much of its original features as we can, while bringing the building up to modern standards.
“The current site is situated by a main road in the town centre, so parking has always been a little tricky. As this new building has its own car park it will mean our clients can easily drive to the hospital to see us at any time of the day, particularly in an emergency.”
The Station Road building was formerly a children’s center and nursery but has been unoccupied for more than 10 years.
Plans for the relocation and change of use of the building were approved by Kettering Borough Council.
Building work will start in July and the new practice is expected to open in January 2020.
Northlands’ team of veterinary surgeons covers a variety of expertise and skills and includes two surgical certificate holders and vets studying for further qualifications. The hospital operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Northlands, part of the VetPartners veterinary group, has seven surgeries across Northamptonshire, including under the name of Caring Vets. Other locations include Raunds, Rushden and Corby.
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