The purpose-built Alfreton site will operate as a stand-alone practice, functioning independently of Scarsdale’s other ‘First Opinion’ practices. The new facilities include two consulting rooms, an operating theatre, x-ray and ultrasound machines, an on-site laboratory and a retail area supplying key items for dogs, cats and other small animals in this area.
The practice will be run by one vet, one vet nurse and three rotating client care advisors. The new site will run general nurse clinics, give advice on flea and worming treatments, and offer mobility management to older dogs. In the theatre, the team will perform small outpatient surgeries such as neutering, wound management and lump removals, without the pet needing to either go to a referral hospital or stay overnight.
Ruth Bock, veterinary nurse at Scarsdale Vets, said: “I am very pleased and excited to be part of developing and establishing the new practice in Alfreton.
“I have been qualified for over ten years and I am particularly interested in preventative healthcare such as weight clinics and caring for senior pets, as well as educating clients on ways to keep their golden oldie happy into their twilight years. I also love guinea pigs and I am very keen to educate owners on correct husbandry and their behaviour, as they are very good at hiding illness and the signs are often subtle.
“The challenge of being able to set this practice up from scratch was what drew me to the position, along with it being an independently owned practice. I have a great team working with me and we have really bonded over the initial set up period. I am looking forward to meeting the local pet owners (and of course their pets!) and doing everything I can to keep them happy and healthy throughout their lives.”
Francis Boyer, partner and small animal clinical director at Scarsdale Vets, added: “We are really excited about being able to provide a full, local veterinary service to clients in this area. Now our team will have the ability to carry out investigations and smaller treatments on-site, rather than having to go to Pride, which will benefit the pet being treated, as well as being more convenient for their owner too.
“We hope with clients interacting with the same small, friendly team each time, will create a community feel to this practice, which is what we’re aiming for with this and other two new practices set to open this spring.”