Dr Andrew Marland is excited about the opening of the new Vet Cross Clinic in Bargara.
Dr Andrew Marland is excited about the opening of the new Vet Cross Clinic in Bargara. Max Fleet

New vet service a boon for pets

A NEW veterinary service has moved into Bargara, with Vet Cross opening yesterday at the Central Shopping Village on Bargara Rd.

Dr Tim Hill, Dr Andrew Marland and their staff are now on call for pet owners 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

Dr Marland said the new surgery was a continuation of their expansion across the region.

“We’ve always wanted to have a presence throughout the whole district,” Dr Marland said.

“Now we’ve got Bundaberg, Gin Gin and Bargara covered.”

Dr Marland said the practice was set up to cover a whole range of animals.

“We do horses, cattle, you name it,” he said.

Dr Marland said while the surgeries were all set up to do the full range of surgery, including dentistry, they did have an animal hospital in Bundaberg for more serious problems.

“If there is anything major like a broken leg or a dog that is very ill we can take it into the hospital where we have a better coverage of equipment,” he said.

Dr Marland said Vet Cross now had a total of eight vets working in the region.

“We cover a fairly big area, we even go to Mt Perry from our Gin Gin practice,” he said.

“We also travel as far as Agnes Water for horses and cattle.”

Dr Marland said there was a big demand around the region for their services in treating farm animals.

“There are a lot of horses and cattle around, and also alpacas are fairly popular,” he said.

Dr Marland said while alpacas had their own unique problems, so did every species.

“For instance horses need a lot more dental care than cattle,” he said.



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