Costing around $25million and 10 years in the planning, the new hospital will see a host of services offered, including a diagnostic suite complete with both MRI and CT scanners, a radioactive iodine unit for cats, an underwater treadmill and a pain and rehabilitation center. All of the hospital’s services are centered around a central atrium which is lit with calming natural light from above.
The new hospital expects to attract more than 11,000 visits from across the UK every year. When pets first arrive at the hospital, they are assessed in one of the thirteen new consulting rooms. From here they can be moved to any one of a number of specialist areas, including a center for comparative oncology, a a unique pain and rehabilitation center with an underwater treadmill, and a diagnostic imaging suite complete with an MRI scanner and CT scanner. The MRI and CT scanners will allow for the diagnosis of neurological conditions such as slipped discs or brain tumors.
Professor Stuart Reid, Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, said: "The opening of new hospital is a step-change in the treatment of small animals. It represents the latest in care for pets and is the most advanced such facility in Europe. The patients we treat will still receive the best care available, but this will now be in the best surroundings available. With cutting edge facilities and capacity for training veterinarians at all stages of their career, the Faculty will be using the building as a flagship for its clinical provision."
The center also has an important role as a training hospital, where approximately 120 veterinary students and 30 veterinary nursing students will shadow specialists trained in all aspects of veterinary medicine, surgery and nursing.
"We are immensely proud of our Small Animal Hospital and feel sure it will provide a world-class service for the pet owners of the UK," Professor Reid concluded.