New base in Wanaka for vet clinic
VetEnt Aspiring will continue its highly experienced and personalised service for companion and farm animal healthcare from new purpose-built premises in Three Parks, Wanaka, from this year.The new facility replaces the long-established clinic in Anderson Road, which VetEnt purchased in 2014.
The clinic was previously owned and operated for 27 years by Gary Walker as Aspiring Veterinary Services, and Gary continued to assist VetEnt there until his sudden passing in July 2016.
A tree and plaque will be revealed at a dedication ceremony to Gary soon after the opening of the new clinic.VetEnt, short for Veterinary Enterprises Group Limited, is one of New Zealand’s largest vet companies, operating 20 vet clinics and two depots from Te Awamutu to Dunedin.
Being a part of a national group means the combined knowledge pool and purchasing power of the group guarantees best expertise, advice and product availability even in times of high demand, said VetEnt chief executive officer Richard Bartley. But he says the service is all about being local.
“Even though we have clinics nationwide, we have some local ownership of VetEnt who live within the wider Central Otago area. “We have shareholders both young and old, male and female, veterinarians and non-veterinarians from Otago to Waikato and many places in between. “Your local VetEnt veterinary clinic has the support of 75 vets nationwide.”
Built by local building company Calder Developments, the new premises are owned by a local Wanaka family, Maria and Kevin King and their son Ben King as directors of Ardmore Property Trust Limited. VetEnt Aspiring shares resources with vet clinics based in Queenstown, Cromwell, Alexandra and Ranfurly to provide highest quality services 24/7, with a vet on call at all times.
The new clinic will include dedicated surgical, dental and imaging suites imaging suites to support high standards of care, said Richard.Separate dog and cat hospital areas will reduce stress and ensure comfort for the canine and feline patients.
Meanwhile there will be a dedicated laboratory with state-of the-art diagnostic equipment. The clinic will continue to operate with long standing local veterinarian, Carol Hollebon, who has the combined support of our other wonderful local vets, nurses and the wider VetEnt team, said Richard.
As well as providing general health, surgical, dental and nutritional services for domestic pets, VetEnt Aspiring offers commercial animal services, catering to farm and lifestyle properties around the Upper Clutha.
In addition, VetEnt has a close working relationship with equine vet Rebecca Ireland as principal of Central Lakes Equine Limited, he said.The main focus of the work is companion animals, sheep, beef, deer and dairy around grazing blocks. VetEnt has recently recruited a new Regional Manager, Greg Shepherd, to Central Otago who is based at Cromwell.
Having completed the Kellogg Rural Leadership programme Greg is excited to return to Central Otago in a leadership capacity with his wife Jo and young family. His local knowledge and agricultural background are seen as key for supporting the needs of VetEnt Aspiring’s provincial clients across the region, said Richard.
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