A new era for Arran Vets

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A new state-of-the-art veterinary surgery has opened on Arran.

The Arran Vets practice has moved to new premises in Knowe Road in Brodick and on Saturday a large crowd turned up in the sunshine with their pets to see the official opening.

Practice owner Charlotte Clough was delighted to welcome broadcaster and journalist Kirsty Wark, and long-time friend of Arran, over for the opening with her two black Labradors Pepper and Stella.

The ceremony began with a performance of the Arran Pipe Band and was followed by a welcome by Charlotte who thanked John McKean, architect, Rachel and Struan  Armitage, and all the skilled team at Armitage Groudworks for the building works, and Tim Wilkinson for the hospital floors and for a fabulous new surgery with a great finish.

The Rev Angus Adamson, himself a self-confessed dog lover, then gave a fitting and moving blessing before Kirsty unveiled the new vet dog mascot carved by Marvin Elliot and cut the ribbon to officially open the new surgery.

Those attending then had the chance to view the new facilites and enjoy a bite to eat and refreshments. Thanks to all the contributions to the Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue, around £200 was raised on the day, which should help feed the two seal pups rescued on Arran.

Charlotte later told the Banner:  ‘These modern veterinary premises and vet accommodation should future proof veterinary provision on Arran for a good 25 years ahead.

As well as Charlotte, the team at the practice consists of vets Hugh and Holly Simon, veterinary nurse Gemma Ferguson and receptionist Shona Hume.

‘The building is accessible for all, with an easily accessed  car park, access for all toilet, separate waiting room, dispensary and outdoor covered car port area. There is a private consultation room, staff kitchen, and separate ops room and prep room, all of which will extend the service we can provide and allow us to work to the best of our ability.

‘I hope that these new premises will help give Arran the veterinary practice that all Arran’s many animals lovers and all those who rely on animals for their living need and deserve, now and and into the future.

‘Now that we have the new surgery I plan now to start the process of applying for Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons accreditation for the practice.

Charlotte added: ‘I would like to say thank you very much to the Arran Pipe Band for making it such a special occasion and helping show Kirsty the best of Arran! It was fitting that Malcolm Wheeler was there to lead the pipe band and that we were able to use the occasion for everyone to thank him for his 33 years of dedicated service as Arran’s only vet for much of that time.’