Scunthorpe vets practice trebles workforce during its first year of trading
Vet Charlie Bridges (left) and student nurse Alice Karvot are the two newest additions to the staff at Old Registry Vets in Scunthorpe
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 28 Mar 2018
A veterinary surgery which was converted from the former Scunthorpe Register Office at a cost of £150,000 has trebled its workforce during its first year of trading.
Newest recruits to the Old Registry Vets on Oswald Road are third surgeon Charlie Bridges, who specialises in the treatment of cats, and another registered nurse Natalie Schaffer, who is heavily involved in animal rescue work.
Spokesman Simon Maddy said the business had started out a year ago with three members of staff and now employed nine.
Mr Maddy added: "The surgery is now an approved nurse-training practice and we currently have two students in training to ensure the continued provision of 24-hour care.
"We have around 1,500 clients and around 3,000 registered pets.
"The surgery has gained accreditation has an international cat care and friendly clinic, having shown excellent standards in accommodating, handling and treating pets.
"We have also demonstrated the required levels of equipment, kennelling facilities and hygiene to be part of the practice standards scheme run by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons."
The building was used as the register office from 1958 until March 2012, when its services relocated to North Lincolnshire Council's Civic centre, on nearby Ashby Road.
It reopened as a funeral parlour in November 2013 but closed again in October 2015.
Old Registry Vets brought the building back into use when it opened on Easter Monday last year and by May, a total of 472 people had already registered their pets with the centre.
The business benefited from a £12,000 grant from North Lincolnshire Council's Viable and Vibrant Places Fund, designed to help projects giving a new lease of life to underused buildings in the town centre.
It helped the business to meet the cost of converting the building into a veterinary practice and ensured renovations could be carried out to a greater extent than would have been possible without the grant.
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