STEWART Vets in Dudley is to undergo a complete refurbishment to entirely transform its practice and make it fit for the future - to serve the Dudley and Tipton area.

Taking a number of months and costing upwards of £700,000, the practice will be totally redesigned and refurbished with the latest facilities and equipment, so it can accommodate more than double the number of clients and offer more veterinary services to their pets.

The reception area will be reconfigured to be more spacious. Internally, the layout of the building will be altered to create four modern consulting rooms, whereas previously there were two.

A dedicated area for nurse clinics will be installed so new services can be run including diabetic, cardiac, weight management and exotic husbandry clinics; a pet blood bank; and puppy parties.

Behind the scenes, two new dedicated cat and dog operating theatres will be constructed and a new X-ray room built. Separate cat and dog wards will also be fitted along with two new vivariums for the practice’s exotic patients. The practice is also investing in cutting edge diagnostic equipment in the form of new ultrasound and dental x-ray machines.

The practice will also be given a complete refresh, with a new modern logo on its exterior and client materials, plus new staff rooms and offices to accommodate an increase in the veterinary team from 10 vets, veterinary nurses and receptionists to a 14-strong team.

Practice director Rachel Harvey said: “As an established veterinary service in the local community we are excited that this refurbishment places us in a position to continue serving the West Midlands area for many years to come.

"Our newly designed building will provide us with a fresh modern practice ready for the future - to represent the veterinary profession’s new modern approach to providing veterinary care.”

The refurbished practice will reopen in late May.