Building work has started on a major new facility for Mount Vets on a site adjoining the Cades Farm estate. The project will see everything but a small animal consulting room and dispensary move out of the town centre in the autumn.
“I’m really excited about it,” said vet Charlotte Freeman, one of five Mount practice directors. “We’ll be doubling the amount of operating space, have a dedicated dental suite and have three times as many kennels for both dogs and cats.”
“Another bonus is that we’ll have lots of parking on site, which is always a problem where we are now in the town centre. Our large animal vets will be able to get out to farms quickly if they need to, whereas at the moment it can take them 30 minutes to get to the outskirts of Wellington if the traffic is bad.”
Keeping the small animal facility in Lancer Court means that people bringing pets to the vet on foot or by bus will still have easy access. At the new building there will be separate reception and working areas for the farm and pet sides of the practice.
“We’ve been growing steadily since I joined Mount 13 years ago and this is latest stage,” said Charlotte. “The initial planning permission came almost five years ago, and just at present the site looks like a WW! Battlefield, so it’s been a bit of a wait but will all be worth it.”