PDSA opens £2.4m pet hospital

The 9,700 sq ft Manchester PDSA Pet Wellbeing Centre on Redgate Lane in Gorton, said to be the largest of its type in England, has completed.

The hospital houses separate animal facilities, seven consulting rooms, two operating theatres, a diagnostic room, digital x-ray facilities and two ‘pet MOT’ rooms for animal support and education for owners. It replaces the PDSA’s former pet hospital on Warwick Road South in Old Trafford which closed after 40 years.

A team of 36 vets, vet nurses, and support staff will be housed in the building, which is set to provide 78,000 treatments a year and treat 155 pet patients a day.

The project was funded by donations from the public, the Montague-Panton Animal Welfare Trust and the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Jan McLoughlin, PDSA’s director general, said: “PDSA has been treating poorly pets in and around Manchester since 1925, so this is a true milestone for us. Our services are a vital lifeline for owners struggling to provide car for their pets.”

Rachel Smith, senior vet at the wellbeing centre, said: “It’s great to finally be here. The Old Trafford hospital holds lots of memories and helped so many pets and people over the years, so the team were sad to leave. We are really excited to finally open the doors on this fabulous new facility.”

MC Construction was the main contractor, and worked alongside Anthony Keith Architects, mechanical and electrical engineer consultants Desco, structural engineers James Christopher Consulting and quantity surveyors Allan Reynolds Partnership.

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