A LANDMARK Greater Manchester building has been transformed into a state-of-the-art veterinary practice.
Tameside Veterinary Clinic has taken over the lease of the former Co-Op building in Greenside Lane, Droylsden, and will open its fourth branch on April 29.
Tameside Vets, which has its main practice in Ashton-Under-Lyne and branches in Hyde and Stalybridge, has created a modern, vibrant new surgery following a £250,000 investment.
The project has been funded by VetPartners, which owns some of the UK’s most respected and trusted veterinary practices, including Tameside.
The Droylsden clinic will boast three consulting rooms, parking for 16 cars, an operating theatre, separate cat and dog waiting area and kennels, a large prep area, isolation room for pets with contagious diseases, and a dental suite.
The historic building has a beehive, the symbol of the co-operative movement, carved into the stonework of the façade of the building, and has latterly been used as a performance arts studio.
The practice will be run initially by one vet, a veterinary nurse and receptionist, but there are plans to triple the team over the next 12 months, with the recruitment of new staff.
Tameside Vets Clinical Director Diarmuid Currid is expecting strong demand for veterinary services from pet owners in Droylsden and surrounding areas.
Mr Currid said: “Droylsden is an up and coming town with a new tramline and a lot of commuters who travel into Manchester. It’s in a really convenient location, next to a retail park, with lots of on-site parking.
“It doesn’t currently have a veterinary practice in the town centre so we felt there was a need for services. We already have a lot of clients from Droylsden who bring their pets to our other practices, so the new site will be much more convenient.
“The building was an empty shell, so it provided us with a blank canvas to put up partitions and create a fantastic veterinary practice.”
The new Droylsden branch marks further expansion by Tameside Vets. Two years ago, it opened its third surgery in Stalybridge after taking over the lease of the former Yorkshire Bank building in Melbourne Street.
Tameside Vets have more than 10,000 clients and looks after 14,000 pets.
Mr Currid added: “If we are to continue growing our client base, we needed an extra site to take the pressure away from our main practice in Ashton-Under-Lyne. All our sites are self-contained surgeries that operate autonomously.
“Our new practice will provide excellent facilities and the latest high-tech equipment, including room for future investment in a new x-ray machine. It will be a lovely environment for owners to bring their pets and for staff to work in.”
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