State-of-the-art animal hospital opens southside

Carol Smillie and Stewart McDonald test the facilities ' with a little help. Photo by Iain McLean.
Carol Smillie and Stewart McDonald test the facilities ' with a little help. Photo by Iain McLean.

All creatures great and small are welcome at the new Roundhouse Veterinary Hospital following a official opening by TV presenter Carol Smillie and MP Stewart McDonald.

Carol — a long-standing customer and friends of the Pets ‘n’ Vets Family — and Glasgow South representative Stewart cut the ribbon on the £1 million super practice on Friday.

The southside facility aims to ‘deliver a step change to the standard of veterinary care available in the city’, with the clinical wing boasting two sterile theatres, a dental theatre and state-of-the-art diagnostic suites.

Partner Oliver Jackson — who, along with Ivor Lough and Ross Allan, founded the business on home turf in Pollokshaws — explained: “The Roundhouse Veterinary Hospital has been designed to deliver a whole suite of pet care services, from nail clipping to vaccinations to some of the most complex surgical veterinary procedures.

“It enables us to care for animals 24 hours a day as there are nursing staff living on-site so that animals can receive continuous treatment through the night.”

Some of the first patients through the door were Carol’s labradors Jess (9) and Ruby (5) — and all were impressed with the separate waiting rooms, designed to relieve stress for cats, dogs and smaller animals.

The southside celebrity told The Extra: “We’ve always used Pets ‘n’ Vets and they’ve been with us all the way, for as long as we’ve had dogs.

“The new facility is stunning, but what goes on behind the scenes is more important — this place is state-of-the-art and we’re so lucky to have it on our doorstep.”

Westminster man Stewart McDonald added: “The vet hospital is a fantastic addition to the southside.

“Pets ‘n’ Vets have been a real part of the southside community now for many years and this will help cement their status as the place to go when your pets are feeling poorly. I wish them all the best for the future.”

The MP added that he had no pets of his own, but may claim his neighbour’s cat, Mabel, for a Westminster competition in aid of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home — so from all at The Extra, good luck to Mabel!