A brand-new, small animal, Specialist veterinary referral centre has opened its doors in Livingston, Scotland.

Part of the Pets at Home Vet Group, Veterinary Specialists Scotland (VSS) was originally set for a Spring/Summer 2020 opening, but the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown set launch plans back to later in the year.

The purpose-built facility boasts a team of highly qualified and experienced colleagues and a strong support team, led by Dr Sam Woods and Professor Dick White as co-Clinical Directors.

The 24/7 referral centre offers a host of key disciplines including internal medicine, orthopaedics, neurology, soft tissue surgery, diagnostic imaging and anaesthesia and aims to provide the best possible care to vets, their patients and pet owners throughout Scotland and the North of England

“We are thrilled to finally be able to officially open our centre this week and to start welcoming patients from the surrounding area and throughout Scotland,” said Dr Sam Woods.

“This has been a strange and difficult year for us all, and as a profession we have faced some hard months. We hope our new referral hospital will be a great asset to the local first opinion professionals, as an extra support with any specialist referral cases, and we are really looking forward to building relationships with them

“We are lucky to have a great team of veterinary Specialists, nurses and support colleagues at VSS, who are all dedicated to offering the best service and care possible. We are all excited to see what the next few months will bring.

The centre, based at Deer Park in Livingston, has brought with it new jobs to the local community and will also provide client evenings, a wide-ranging CPD programme and offer Internship and Residency opportunities to those within the profession.

Professor Dick White said: “Since its original inception, our vision for VSS has always been to create a world-class facility, with state-of-the-art technology and outstanding levels of care, and it feels great that we have finally been able to open the doors, welcome patients in and start on our journey.

“We hope the referral centre not only supports local vets and pets, but also fosters new talent and helps develop the next generation of veterinary professionals through our CPD and Internship offering. We are looking forward to what the future will hold.”


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