Linnaeus-owned Southfields Veterinary Specialists has opened its new purpose-built 42,000 sq ft referral centre in Basildon, Essex. 

The centre, which is one of the largest animal hospitals in the UK, offers 14 specialist-led services.  

Hospital director Daniel Hogan said: “The new hospital will provide the region with one of the largest and best-equipped veterinary centres in not only the UK, but also throughout Europe, with an extensive range of expertise in a wide variety of disciplines all under one roof. 

“There will be seven operating theatres, 16 consultation rooms, recovery suites, lecture halls, a dedicated ICU department and there are plans for a future hydrotherapy suite. 

“The facilities also include a cutting-edge imaging suite, comprehensive treatment facilities and a new linear accelerator to assist our illustrious oncology team.

"We also plan to launch our emergency and critical care service in the first half of 2023.” 

Southfields says it also aims to lead the industry in terms of staff wellbeing and sustainability. 

Daniel said: “The increased size of the hospital will enable us to provide a dedicated staff wellbeing area and offer a range of activities which will benefit our team in both body and mind. 

“Along with exercise and relaxation classes such as yoga and boxercise, we will have an education centre which will be able to offer some really exciting qualifications and courses for the wider profession. 

“We’ll also be striving to care for both our community by working with Investors in the Environment (iiE) to introduce a bold green initiative to substantially reduce our environmental impact and enhance our sustainability. 

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