The UK’s first not-for-profit veterinary company, operated by veterinarians to make animal healthcare affordable, has opened a clinic in the Tingley area of Leeds.
Animal Trust aims to offer a real alternative to the increasing number of corporate clinics and was set up with the main focus being the welfare of the animals.
Unlike other practices, the company does not charge for consultations, giving more owners access to appointments with experts who can advise them on the best treatment.
The company was created by Owen in April 2012 when he opened his first clinic in Bolton.
Further clinics have since been opened in North Manchester, Blackburn,
“The growth has been organic,” continued Owen. “We get approached by vets who have heard of us and want to be a part of it, and that leads to us opening more clinics.”
The Tingley Animal Trust is based in The College of Animal Welfare Building in Capitol Park and its team of six will be headed up by lead vet Kirsty Warren.
It was officially opened by the Mayor of Morley, Councillor Robert Finnigan, and his wife Lisa Finnigan.
Kirsty hails from Glasgow but has been based in Morley since she qualified as a vet 16 years ago.
She said: “My background has been working in the charity petcare sector, as ultimately, it is the care of the animals that drives me. This is why Animal Trust appealed to me.
“There is scope to help a wider range of animals while remaining true to my ethical approach to vet care.”
Around 30% of vet practices in the UK are currently owned by corporate companies, and this is expected to rise to 50% by the end of 2018.
The new Tingley clinic will enable owners to bring their pets to the clinic for free consultations as soon as they are unwell, with general practice care including preventative health care and nutrition, through to ultrasound, X-Rays and medical investigations and blood tests with in-house labs.
Concludes Kirsty; “I’m delighted that Animal Trust is opening here, just down the road from where I live.
“My cat will, of course, be a patient and we are looking forward to meeting our first clients and offering top quality care to the animals of Leeds.”
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