The Harrogate Vet to open 24-hour animal hospital
Last updated Apr 19, 2024
(L) The Harrogate Vet owner Katherine Jacklin and vet Diane Cole. Pic: The Harrogate Vet.
Founder Katherine Jacklin (left) and vet Diane Cole. Pic: The Harrogate Vet.

The Harrogate Vet is set to open a new 24-hour hospital.

The practice, which opened on Leeds Road in 2019, is owned by parent company and integrated veterinary services provider CVS UK Ltd.

It shared the news on social media this afternoon.

The post said building work on its new “state-of-the art veterinary hospital” on Ripon Way had begun and it was due to open this summer.

Veterinary surgeon Diane Cole told the Stray Ferret the new site will include five consult rooms, two surgery theatres, a dental suite, a CT machine and on-site parking.

Ms Cole added:

“Katherine, the founder and clinical director, set up the practice in 2019 and I joined shortly after. We’ve always wanted to open a second site that offers 24-hour care.

“We’re all about providing the best possible service and we know to do that we need to offer 24-hour care. I’d come from working in that environment, so it was something we’ve both always wanted to do.”

The existing Leeds Road site. Pic: Google Maps.

Ms Cole also said her and Katherine Jacklin felt there was a “gap in the market” for emergency veterinary services in Harrogate town centre, adding:

“It just doesn’t seem fair to have to refer people to practices in Wetherby, Leeds or Ripon when they live in Harrogate.

“We’re also hiring more vets with specialised certificates, so we’ll be able to deal with much more specialised cases and complex surgeries at the new site.”

She said the practice will be expanding its team of vets, nurses and receptionists as part of the expansion.

The Harrogate Vet treats all small animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and tortoises.

Only existing clients of the practice will be able to use the services to begin with, Ms Cole added.

She also said:

“Because the building is already there, we’ve been able to really take the time to plan the layout of the new site. The rooms need to be as coherent and stress free as possible for both the owners and animals, especially when they’re coming in for a sad reason, so we’ve put a lot of effort in to make that happen.

“We’re just so excited about opening.”

Ms Cole said the practice does not have an official opening date for the new site yet.

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