Based within Parkside Vets, the out-of-hours clinic treated 56 cases in its first week. The clinic is expected to treat thousands of sick or injured pets during its first year of opening.
Operated by Vets Now, the emergency service will be available to all pet owners in the area throughout the nights, at weekends and bank holidays. The new clinic has also created eight new roles including vets, nurses, clinical care assistants and receptionists. The veterinary team is specially trained in emergency and critical care.
Vets Now new business director, Tricia Colville, said: “Time is often of the essence when daytime practices are closed. Our new out-of-hours pet emergency clinic in Dundee will mean our team of dedicated emergency vets and nurses can continue to provide pets and their owners quick and easy service when they need it most, whether it’s at 3am or in the middle of a Sunday afternoon.
“Not only is it a good option for the pet owner in Dundee, but we also hope to help other Dundee daytime practices alleviate the challenges of having to provide their own out-of-hours cover. An out-of-hours service like Vets Now can employ one out-of-hours service and clinical team to cover many practices in the Dundee and Tayside region.”
Stuart Ashworth, director at Parkside Vets on Kings Cross Road added: “We’re delighted to have Vets Now open in Dundee and to have the emergency service operate from within our clinic. We have always been proud to provide overnight care for our patients but now there will be a full emergency veterinary team on-site during the night. The partnership between Vets Now and a local veterinary practice like ours will ensure that together we can provide an unparalleled 24/7 service for pet owners in the area.”