Construction work has started on the new pet hospital of the veterinary charity PDSA.
The new Marian and Christina Ionescu Hospital – named after a couple who have made a large donation to the charity – will be based in Basford, replacing PDSA’s current facility at Dunkirk Road.
So far, the charity has raised £ 2.4million to fund the new construction, but is asking residents and local businesses for their support to help them reach their goal of £ 3.7million .
PDSA veterinary staff, including senior veterinarian Sarah Campbell, said, “We are all delighted to see the start of work in our wellness center.
“PDSA provides a vital service to the animals of Nottingham whose owners struggle to afford the costs of treating their sick and injured animals. For many vulnerable animals, we’re here to help them when they have nowhere else to turn.
“I am delighted that the work is underway and I hope it will inspire the local community to help us raise the remaining funds we need. I can’t wait to see the doors of the new hospital open next year.
PDSA CEO Jan McLoughlin also visited the site with her dog, Chester, to lend a paw and help get construction started.
PDSA has been helping pets across Nottingham since 1927, first opening a small dispensary at 10 Longden Street in Sneinton, then moving to the current site of Dunkirk Road. But the facilities there have reached a breaking point.
The new center will have a larger and brighter waiting room, with separate areas for cats and dogs, which will reduce the stress that a visit to the vet can cause.
It will also house improved kennels to allow pets to recover from surgery and treatment in a better environment, a diagnostic room, digital x-ray facilities and a larger parking lot.
Jan said: “The current site, located in Dunkirk, is much appreciated, but is now in desperate need of replacement. The pandemic has been an extremely difficult time and we have worked hard to continue to keep our doors open for animals. company in need, despite all the difficulties we have encountered.
“Covid has highlighted the unique and special relationship we share with our pets, enriching our lives and combating loneliness, so we are truly delighted to welcome another positive chapter for locals and pet owners. from Nottingham so that we can continue to be there for those who need us most.
The wellness center will also help train and educate the next generation of veterinarians through close links with the School of Medicine and Veterinary Sciences at the University of Nottingham, which also contributed to the project.
Jan added: “The entire pet wellness center was designed with education in mind; from larger consultation rooms to glass-fronted theaters. Additional space means students can get acquainted with the real work they will take on after graduation. Digital capabilities will be integrated to provide live streaming and recording opportunities for a larger number of classrooms and enable the potential for distance learning. “
Thanks to the support of the People’s Postcode Lottery players, the center will have dedicated MOT rooms for the community and pets for health checks.
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