Hafren Veterinary Group is expanding with the opening of a new surgery in Knighton, Powys.
The surgery on Ludlow Road, Knighton was officially opened by up-and-coming racehorse trainer Kerry Lee, who trains at family stables near Presteigne.
Since taking over the reins from her father Richard in July 2015, Kerry, has enjoyed phenomenal success, including winning the Welsh Grand National with Mountainous in January.
The Knighton site had been occupied by Border Vets, who provided veterinary care to local pets, farm animals and horses since 1984.
Hafren Veterinary Group, established more than 100 years ago, already has surgeries in Newtown, Llanidloes and Crossgates. They currently employ 18 vets and 35 support staff.
The practice dates back to around 1895 when a Mr. Mills, a veterinary practitioner – the precursor to modern veterinary surgeons – worked out of a house in Caersws on the banks of the river Severn. Hafren, the practice name, is the Welsh word for Severn, from where the business started.
The Knighton surgery will employ three full time vets, as well as nurses and support staff, offering 24-hour cover in dealing with general veterinary issues, farm, equine, small animals, poultry and game birds.
At the opening ceremony, partner Ian Jones said:” We believe that by expanding our business we are committed to supporting the local community through employment and professional services. The growth of Hafren Veterinary Group will ensure our ability to be sustainable and so continue high quality services for our clients and patients, and job security for employees. We have a wealth of experience. Of the eighteen vets, six have over 25 years experience, another eight have over 4 years experience, and between us we have a total of 250 years of experience, averaging over 18 years each.”
The practice offers health plans, particularly for the equine and small animals sectors and is currently using the latest on-site equine digital X-ray equipment which allows vets to send images to a laptop within seconds.
As a thankyou to Kerry, Hafren Vets donated £200 to The Injured Jockeys Fund.