Two Inverness-based vets have submitted a planning application to the Highland Council to open the north of Scotland’s first purpose-built veterinary referral practice at Inverness Campus.
Kirsten MacLeod and Tony Wall are both veterinary ophthalmologists - working with medical and surgical eye problems in all animals - and if granted planning consent, plan to open the new facility, Scottish Vet Referral, in October. Currently the nearest ophthalmology referral practices are in the central belt so Kirsten MacLeod is confident there will be a demand for the service.
“In time, we would hope to build on this initial eye referral service to develop a multi-disciplinary referral practice. We are also keen to develop not only our research work in veterinary ophthalmology but also in the area of One Health, a unified approach to human and veterinary medicine. This is particularly pertinent in relation to transmissible diseases between animals and humans.
“One of the attractions of being located at the Inverness Campus is to take advantage of its collaborative ethos. To be in close proximity to organisations such as the Centre for Health Sciences at Raigmore, HIE and Scotland’s Rural College, which is also moving into Inverness Campus, will give us many opportunities to combine our research knowledge. We already have links with some veterinary schools in the UK and we will be building on these links.
“However, the focus of our work will be to offer a first rate eye referral service to veterinary practices for difficult and challenging eye cases in animals.”
Ruaraidh MacNeil, Project Director for Inverness Campus, said he was delighted another high calibre tenant had been attracted to the campus which is aiming to become a nationally and internationally significant location for companies involved in research, education and business services.
“This proposal sits very well within our Life Sciences sector focus at Inverness Campus. In addition to providing a new service for the region, Scottish Vet Referrals will also be involved in developing educational and research links. Not only does the business offers good prospects for growth over time but it will be creating new job opportunities for Inverness and contributing to the local economy.”
Scottish Vet Referrals are also in talks with the Veterinary Nursing department of the North Highland College in Thurso to provide training for trainee nurses as well as offering Continuing Professional Development to veterinary practices in Scotland. Tony Wall currently provides a peripatetic service to many veterinary practices in the North and North East which will continue and the new service hopes to build on these relationships.
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