Tree-planting Ceremony Held at Site of New Veterinary Referral Hospital in Alton, Hampshire

MP Damian Hinds and the Town Mayor of Alton, Councillor Graham Hill, planted a tree at a ceremony to mark the start of works to convert a large office building in Alton On Friday 13 March 2015, local MP Damian Hinds and the Town Mayor of Alton, Councillor Graham Hill, planted a tree at a ceremony to mark the start of works to convert a large office building in Alton, Hampshire, into a state-of-the-art veterinary hospital.Mr Hinds and Councillor Hill attended the ceremony together with more than fifty guests.   It was hosted by directors of CVS (UK) Ltd, the UK’s largest and fastest-growing veterinary practice group and owner of the new hospital.  The building, known as Lumbry Park, will be transformed over the next few months thanks to investment from CVS, and will open in September 2015 as Lumbry Park Veterinary Specialists, one of the most advanced, multi-disciplinary specialist veterinary hospitals in the UK.  It will accept referral cases from primary care vets right across the South of England.

Lumbry Park occupies 1,300 square metres and is being extensively remodelled for its new role.   When it first opens later this year, it will employ up to 12 veterinary specialists, together with support and admin staff, creating an initial staffing level of over 40 people.  They will offer a range of advanced diagnostics and treatments for dogs and cats across a range of specialties, including high-field MRI and CT scanning, key-hole surgery, interventional cardiac procedures and joint replacements.  Once fully established, CVS anticipates that 80-100 permanent jobs will be created.

Commenting, Simon Innes, Chief Executive of CVS, said:  “We aim to offer the highest standard of veterinary care to our patients and their owners.  We already run two multi-disciplinary referral hospitals further north but  wanted to offer the services of our veterinary specialists to veterinary practices and their clients across the South East of England.  Lumbry Park is easily accessible and has the space and rural setting we wanted to provide a professional and pleasant environment for our patients, their owners and our team.

“It is good news for pet owners in the region who can rest assured that, should their pet develop a serious health problem or suffer an injury requiring specialist treatment, they will have a team of specialists with the best expertise, latest equipment and facilities on their doorstep.”

He added:  “We have a lot of work to do over the next few months to complete its transformation but we are very excited about its opening later this year.”

Damian Hinds MP said:  “I am very pleased that this first-class veterinary care facility is coming to East Hampshire and, of course, I welcome the local job creation potential too.  I look forward to seeing the veterinary hospital successfully up and running.”

Councillor Graham Hill said:  “On behalf of the people of Alton, I very much welcome CVS (UK) Ltd and their  new veterinary referral hospital to our town.  I am very pleased that CVS (UK) Ltd has chosen Alton for this highly advanced facility.  It will bring excellent specialist care for local pets, as well substantial employment opportunities for Alton residents.”

CVS Referral Director, Professor John Innes said:  “Lumbry Park marks a major step for CVS in terms of investment in veterinary specialist services.  We have already recruited some high-profile specialists and we will add to this excellent team to make Lumbry Park a leading centre for referral services in the South.  Clinical Director Dr Luca Ferasin and his growing specialist team bring a wealth of experience and technical skill.  We believe that it will develop an international reputation for providing the best standard of care for dogs and cats and become a true centre of excellence.”

Key to its success is CVS’ ability to attract ambitious veterinary staff and to invest in their clinical skills, knowledge and in research to drive the profession forward.  It also provides the business support to ensure its diverse range of small animal, large animal and equine practices achieve their full potential.   CVS’ guiding principles include a commitment to excellence in all aspects of its work and a focus on building long-term relationships with its customers and suppliers.  The company  works in close partnership with the wider veterinary profession and industry colleagues.