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Great news for people and pets alike as new facility opens for business in Northumberland

A new state-of-the-art veterinary practice has opened in Amble, Northumberland following the completion of a 12-month build programme.

Coquet Vets, which opened its doors for business last week, is Amble’s only independent general veterinary practice and its formation has already seen four jobs created, with plans in place for further recruitment over the next 12 months.

The new family-run business, which occupies a prominent position on Percy Drive, has been launched to provide affordable care for small animals with a strong focus on the local community, where the new owners believe there is a gap in the market.

Emily Renton, clinical director and partner of the new practice, who has over 18 years’ veterinary experience, said: “Having been part of the local community, and having seen many small practices become part of larger brands throughout my career, it was important to us to set up a modern, independent practice with traditional values, dedicated to providing the most cost-effective and personalised care possible to our neighbours across the Amble area.

“Investing in efficiencies and features that will be kinder to the environment will also help us to operate more sustainably from a single site, which will allow us to create more jobs and keep our fees as low as possible, while providing the quality of client service and patient care that we are passionate about.”

The unique, purpose-built design, project managed by Amble-based Sullivan Associates, celebrates the surrounding landscape of the waterfront town. The distinctive timber-clad, curved building complete with solar panels resembles a North Sea wave and has been constructed by local firm, D.P Builders.

Measuring around 6,350 sq ft, it features dedicated light-filled and practical clinical spaces, including three consulting rooms, a laboratory and dispensary, two surgical theatres, a designated dental suite, separate dog and cat kennels, isolation facilities and an imaging room for X-rays and ultrasounds.

The building also features a striking double-height atrium reception space with first floor offices and externally there are 20 parking spaces.

Mrs Renton, who will be responsible for managing day-to-day operations, continued: “I’m really proud to be part of Coquet Vets where our focus will be on providing high quality, friendly and supportive veterinary care for much-loved pets and their owners.

“We’re a small and experienced team, and getting to know our patients and clients is important to us so we can provide great continuity of care, focused on the welfare of our animals.”

Emily and her business partner have so far been joined by one vet and two veterinary nurses and hope to recruit additional staff shortly.

Coquet Vets will be holding an open day on Saturday 28th March from 10am- 3pm where visitors will be welcome to have a look behind the scenes and meet staff.

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