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Clarence Valley pet owners now have access to a state of the art animal hospital, thanks to the investment of a South Grafton couple. Veterinarian Dr Chris Gough and his wife Amanda purchased South Grafton Veterinary Clinic in Through Street, South Grafton in September 2005. Since then the practice has grown to the point that Chris and Amanda have clients from as far away as Brisbane and Sydney. The couple has made the move to expand the practice, the new hospital features:
Two sterile operating theatres
A massive central treatment area with new intensive care facility
Upgraded diagnostic imaging facilities
Separate dog and cat wards and a new isolation ward for the management of infectious diseases
There will be more consulting rooms and a larger reception area featuring an extensive range of pet accessories and a larger selection of top quality pet food
Hydrobath facility and in house groomer, well known local groomer Marnie Brown has joining the team.
- Full in house laboratory facilities
- Upgraded animal dentistry facilities
- Upgraded anaesthetic facilities
- Disabled / wheelchair access
- 24 hour CCTV monitoring for critical care patients
- All designed to NSW Veterinary Board full hospital acreditation standards
"The aim is to provide a one stop centre for all of our clients pet care needs whilst maintaining the same level of personal service that our clients love."
There will be a large lecture theatre on the first floor in which will be hosted talks for local interest groups and TAFE students. The practice has also changed name to Riverbank Animal Hospital. The new centre is just up the road on Through Street at the former tyre centre. Chris estimated that the couple would invest around one million dollars in order to create a practice up to the standard of a specialist referral centre.
Amanda said that they had used all local contractors for the project. Over the past two years the Gough’s have bought the new building site, drawn up plans with local architect Warren Steele to convert the empty shell into a two storey, purpose built centre. The development was approved by Clarence Valley Council earlier this year.
Two extra staff members have already been recruited with a further two planned extra positions later this year.
In house grooming is a new service on offer. Marnie Brown has joined us as our in house groomer. Marnie has a huge following in both the Upper and Lower Clarence area and will be a fantastic addition to our team. Riverbank Animal Hospital will also have a while-you-wait hydrobath service, so if “Fido” is all smelly after a swim in the river we can make him smell beautiful again for you for the bargain introductory price of just $10, no bookings necessary!
The Grand opening on Monday 15th March 2010 was performed by Grafton Mayor Richie Williamson infront of a crowd of well wishers. After the official opening there was a guided tour of the new facility.