VALLEY Vets have opened a new veterinary hospital in Cardiff equipped with the latest state-of-the-art facilities for pet care.
At a cost of £2 million, Valley Veterinary Hospital is the most high-tech facility of its kind in Wales.
The hospital boasts ten consult rooms, six operating theatres, a hydrotherapy unit, a physiotherapy service, dental suite, CT scanner, ultrasound, diagnostic endoscopy, keyhole surgery, two x-ray suites and a rabbit and exotic pet clinic.
Valley Veterinary Hospital is situated in Gwaelod y Garth close to the A470 to allow rapid and easy access to all referred clients and emergencies.
Valley Veterinary Hospital was officially opened by The Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Councillor Daniel De’Ath at an open day where visitors had the chance to see how an empty warehouse had been transformed into a two-storey veterinary hospital, providing 24-hour care, seven days a week.
Pet owners from across Cardiff and the Valleys, the Vale and Newport, as well as further afield, will be able to use the Valley Veterinary Hospital.
Valley Vets is part of UK veterinary group, VetPartners, which is funding the project. The project has been overseen by Mark Evans, VetPartners Business Development Director for South Wales.
Mr Evans said: “The idea for Valley Veterinary Hospital was first conceived at the start of 2018 with work starting on site six months ago.
“We are immensely proud of what has been achieved and it has only been possible through the sheer dedication and hard work of the whole project team.
“Many of the veterinary facilities here are unrivalled across Wales and it is a superb place for our team to work in. Our aim is now to use this facility to provide the best possible care for pets in Wales.”
Valley Veterinary Hospital has a dedicated cat clinic, which will soon include a radioiodine treatment centre for thyroid disease – the first in Wales.
The hospital is home to the first CT scanner and first in-house physiotherapist for cats and dogs in Wales. Valley Veterinary Hospital will be taking referrals in medicine and surgery – for dogs, cats, rabbits and exotic pets – from other veterinary practices.
Founder and CEO of VetPartners, Jo Malone, said: “Valley Veterinary Hospital is a landmark achievement for Valley Vets and for VetPartners. By bringing together such a wide range of veterinary services and facilities under one roof we believe it will dramatically improve the offer of care to pets in Wales.
“When Valley Vets joined VetPartners in 2017 we were delighted to have such a respected name practice join our group and the team’s work, care and efforts across its practices since then have gone on to exceed any expectations.
“Investing in our practices and people is central to VetPartners and we know the many benefits to having a veterinary hospital such as this in Wales will bring, not least for the team members who can continue to develop their skills and expertise working in a state-of-the-art, modern environment.”
Valley Vets joined VetPartners in 2017, a year after joining forces with the Veterinary Emergency Treatment Service (V.E.T.S.). The practice has four existing sites in Cardiff, Strada Mynach, Caerphilly and Pentyrch.
Valley Veterinary Hospital site opens this week and will be fully operational in August 2019.