Scarsdale Vets, an independent group of veterinary practices in the Midlands, has opened a new practice in Alfreton, Derbyshire, on 4th March.
The purpose-built Alfreton site will operate as a stand-alone practice, functioning independently of Scarsdale Vets’ other First Opinion practices. The fantastic 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 (and treats!) 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, who will become the same friendly faces clients (and pets) will see each time they visit. Vet Nurse Ruth Bock who will be based at Alfreton will support the on-site vet, in addition to: running general nurse clinics; giving advice on flea and worming treatments and mobility management in older pets; offering diabetic clinics and giving new pets health checks. In the theatre, the team will be able to perform small outpatient surgeries such as neutering, wound management and lump removals, without the pet needing to either go to a referral hospital and/or stay overnight.
Ruth Bock, Vet Nurse at Scarsdale Vets says: “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.”
As with all of Scarsdale’s First Opinion practices, Alfreton will be supported by the out-of-hours service available at Pride Veterinary Centre – Scarsdale’s referral hospital in the heart of Derby which opened in 2011 – which has a multidisciplinary team of specialists on site, as well as a Vets at Night team. This ensures any pet, should they need it, has access to these state-of-the-art facilities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, giving peace of mind to all pet owners.
Francis Boyer, Partner & Small Animal Clinical Director at Scarsdale Vets says: “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.”
The creation of Alfreton is the latest phase in Scarsdale’s ongoing development, following the £800,000 extension to Pride Veterinary Centre in spring 2018.