Work begins on £5m animal referral centre in Wakefield

Veterinary group Linnaeus has begun work on a £5 million state-of-the-art animal centre in Wakefield.

The Group portfolio includes Calder Vets and 12 practices across Yorkshire.

The existing referral team is expanding to form Paragon Veterinary Referrals. It will relocate to an 18,000 sq ft centre located at Origin Point on the Paragon Business Park in Wakefield.

Work on the project got under way at the start of this month and a completion date is scheduled for December.

When finished, Paragon will include eight consulting rooms, five operating theatres and intensive care facilities, along with a cutting-edge, all-digital imaging department, supporting a range of disciplines including cardiology, neurology, ophthalmology and soft tissue surgery.

The project is part of a £9 million investment programme by Linneaus this year in its stable of 32 practices across the UK.

Heading the project is Calder’s newly-appointed Managing Director Ian Monteith – formerly Head of Mergers and Acquisitions at Companion Care Vets, the 400-practice subsidiary of Pets at Home.

He said: “Our veterinary specialists and caring support teams are totally committed to ensuring Paragon Veterinary Referrals will continue to provide the very best quality of care for its patients and their owners, using cutting-edge techniques and applications.”

Linnaeus Chief Executive Lynne Hill added: “We want our practices to be the destination of choice for both vets and clients, safe in the knowledge that the expertise, technology and facilities are in place to make sure animals are well looked after.

“As well as this sort of investment, we are also looking to bring in the best people across the group, helping to reinforce the strong reputations our brands have already forged for themselves.”