Southfields Veterinary Specialists, which is part of the Linnaeus Group, has been given approval on a project to convert a 40,000 sq ft site just down the road from its current Essex premises into what is set to be one of the UK’s largest centres when it opens its doors.
The project will see more than £11m invested by Southfields and Linnaeus, backed by Mars Petcare, with facilities including an imaging suite, treatment facilities and a new linear accelerator.
As well as new equipment, plans for the practice include separate cat and dog waiting areas and client walking and comfort areas, seven operating theatres, 15 consultation rooms, recovery suites, lecture halls, a dedicated ICU department and plans for a future hydrotherapy suite.
Daniel Hogan, operations manager at Southfields, expects the new centre will see the current vet team “virtually” double.
Hogan said: “This is a really exciting time for Southfields and our relocation will provide the region with one of the largest and best-equipped veterinary centres in the UK. The team and expertise have grown significantly in the past 18 months. We are very excited to continue to expand the unique and innovative offerings in patient care at our centre.
“Increasing in size will also enable us to provide a dedicated staff wellbeing area and an education centre and lecture hall, which will offer some very exciting qualifications and courses for the wider profession.”
Emma Barnes, COO at Linnaeus, added: “This move is a reflection of the ambition of Southfields, Linnaeus and Mars to continue providing the very best veterinary care in the UK. The new site will be one of the largest in the country and seemed a logical next step once it was clear to us that Southfields would soon outgrow its current premises.
“Plans are now moving forward apace and we look forward to seeing the new site opens its doors next year.”