Demand for veterinary care sees Kingston make £750,000 investment in pet hospital

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ANIMAL lovers won’t tighten the purse strings when their pet’s welfare is at stake.

Veterinary care remains big business in the UK.

Many veterinary practices remained busy during the recession; a fact that enabled a number of veterinary businesses to buck the gloomy economic trend and plan expansion.

Those growth plans are set to continue as the economic recovery gathers pace.

The Kingston Veterinary Group is accelerating its growth plans after gaining planning permission to double the size of its veterinary hospital in Hull. Kingston Vets first announced its plans for the £300,000 extension in October.

With planning permission now granted, the company has revealed that it is making a total investment of £750,000, including £125,000 to buy a CT scanner.

Kingston Vets’ director Paul Atkinson said yesterday that a key element of the company’s expansion strategy was the recent appointment of a vet, who has specialist qualifications in surgery.

Rob Williams, who has joined Kingston from the Croft Veterinary Hospital in Northumberland, is one of a small number of vets working in Hull and East Yorkshire who holds a surgical certificate.

“Working closely with our existing surgical team, Rob will be able to use all the new facilities of our expanded veterinary hospital to carry out a wide range of keyhole and spinal surgery procedures,’’ said Mr Atkinson. Kingston has also recruited a further two vets – Rob’s wife, Rona, and Kristina Fisher, who has joined from a practice in Goole.

Work is expected to start on the 4,000 sq ft three-storey extension to Kingston Vets’ Park Street hospital in the coming months.

It will be completed by the end of the year. In the past five years, Kingston Vets’ workload at Park Street has increased by 80 per cent and they are now operating on about 400 pets every month.

The group’s five branches are seeing a total of 32,000 pets every month. The group employs 70 staff and has 50,000 registered clients.