New vet practice in Leeds open for business

We are delighted to announce our new practice in Halton, Leeds is now open for business.

We welcomed three talented primary school children, who showed off their artistic skills by drawing colourful creatures, to officially open our 13th practice in Yorkshire on Friday, July 6.

Prior to the opening, youngsters from Templenewsam Halton Primary School took part in an art competition to create pictures of their favourite animal, with the top three getting to cut the ribbon at the opening of our new multi-functional site.

After poring over a very high standard of entries, the judges eventually chose six-year-old Phoebe Spence’s picture of a cheerful bunny as the winner, with nine-year-old Isabella Jackson and 10-year-old Ella Best the runners-up.

Above: Art competition prize winner Phoebe Spence (front centre), 6, with runners up, Isabella Jackson (front left), 9, and Ella Best (front right), 10, from the Temple Newsom Halton Primary School, open the new Calder Vets practice alongside staff (rear left to right) veterinary nurse, Olivia Sykes, veterinary surgeon, Natalie McQuire, receptionist, Laura Collinson, veterinary surgeon, Ben Lord, receptionist, Leanne Hayward, and auxiliary veterinary nurse, Charly Gales, in Leeds, West Yorks. July 06, 2018.

As well as the honour of cutting the ribbon, each of the three winners now have their artwork displayed in the waiting room at Halton.

All of the children who entered are members of the school’s art club, which is run by teacher Zoe Atkinson and to say thank-you for taking part, we donated £100 of National Book Tokens to the school.

Natalie McQuire, lead vet at the Halton practice, said: “We had so many great entries it was a really hard job to choose our winners. We think the drawings will look fantastic in our new waiting room.

“We love to be part of the communities we serve, so it’s been really nice to work with the school on this competition and we really enjoyed meeting the children and their teachers on Friday. Congratulations to everyone who took part.”

The new £200,000 practice, which has initially created five jobs, is in addition to our branches in Dewsbury, Wakefield, Huddersfield, Horbury, Tingley, Denby Dale, Mirfield, Sandal, Brighouse, Penistone and Waterloo.

The Halton site has two consultation rooms, a digital x-ray suite, separate dog and cat waiting areas, dental treatment and in-house laboratory facilities.

We will be able to carry out operations on-site and will also be applying for silver cat-friendly accreditation, a scheme developed by the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) to encourage best practice in caring for cats.