Vet practice is expanding
THE veterinarian business is booming – so much so that the Vet Cross Bundaberg Animal Hospital is looking to expand.
Formerly known as the Bundaberg Veterinary Clinic, the business already employs eight veterinarians and is a fully equipped surgical and medical facility.
Partner and veterinarian Andrew Marland said the clinic was hoping to expand both its building and the services it offered.
“We want to expand to have more services like an increased grooming capacity with a purpose-built area,” he said.
“We want to make it bigger so we can have guest speakers come for information nights for pet owners about all different things.”
A development application for the change has been submitted to Bundaberg Regional Council and Dr Marland said they hoped to progress with the expansion as soon as they had the go-ahead.
“It'll certainly free up the hospital,” he said.
“We do all of the RSPCA volunteer work so hopefully we can help even more with an expansion – we'll certainly have a lot more capacity for it.”
While eight veterinarians are already employed by the hospital, Mr Marland said a bigger business would likely mean more staff.
“We will see how we go but once the development goes ahead, we'll probably need more staff to man the expansion area.”
Dr Marland and his business partner Dr Tim Hill have been toying with the expansion idea for about six years.
“We really want to provide people with a one-stop shop for their animals,” Dr Marland said.
“It will be good to be able to hold seminars and bring in guest speakers and educate people about whatever they want to know about animals.”