GALLERY – Inside the new Small Animal Practice

The new First Opinion Small Animal Practice on Crown Street

The University of Liverpool’s new Small Animal Practice – part of a £10m investment in veterinary science facilities – has opened its doors to the public.

The state-of-the-art development will support the University’s world class veterinary education provision, at the same time as operating as an independent client-facing practice.

Practice Manager, Jane Chance said: “We’re all absolutely delighted to be working with such excellent equipment and within such a fantastically light, bright and clean environment. So far we’ve had 100% good feedback from both our students and clients.”

The new practice accompanies the redesign of the Thompson Yates building, now home to the Veterinary School.

The changes see the introduction of a social learning zone, as well as a Veterinary Teaching Suite to deliver practical teaching space for up to 150 students.

A new Pathology Suite, housing laboratory facilities for histology sample preparation and election microscopy, has also been developed at the University’s Leahurst campus, while the Department of Infection Biology has moved into bespoke laboratories in Liverpool Science Park.

Here we take a first look inside the new Small Animal Practice.

Vet, Tony Buxton and Veterinary Nurse, Nancy Taylor look over a patient in the new Cat Ward. The well-lit and well-ventillated ward can house up to eight cats awaiting procedures, such as neutering, dentistry, soft tissue or trauma surgery

The new reception area is light and airy with the means of separating cats and exotics from dogs, a pre-requisite for RCVS accreditation

Veterinary Nurse, Nancy Taylor prepares the spacious Surgical Suite, where an extensive range of surgery is carried out

Vet, Tony Buxton and final year Veterinary Student, Miriam Collister examine Boston terrier, Cabbage in one of four new, clean, spacious and well-lit consulting rooms

Veterinary Nurse, Nancy Taylor in the new in-house Laboratory. The Lab houses haematology equipment to run various tests including biochemistry, haematology, electrolytes and thyroid levels. Tests can also be carried out to check pancreatic enzyme levels, as well as investigate liver function and even isolate cat viruses.
It also allows staff to run in house urinalysis and analyse skin scrapes

Vet, Tony Buxton and final year Veterinary Student, Neil Mottram examine a patient using ultrasound, in the Diagnostic Imaging Room. Ultrasound is used to examine soft tissue, such as the liver, kidneys and bladder. It is also a useful tool to diagnose heart and abdominal problems and is common in pregnancy diagnosis. Ultrasound allows vets to take samples and gather diagnostic information without the need for surgery

Vet, Tony Buxton and final year Veterinary Students, Miriam Collister and Neil Mottram examine the results of an x-ray. The process is now chemical free, with a digital processor in place to create x-ray results for analysis

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