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Friars Moor Vets’ new and improved small animal branch in Shaftesbury opened last month and now has a fully-equipped operating theatre, longer opening hours from 8.30am to 6pm every weekday, daily nurse clinics and Saturday morning vet consultations. The new clinic is in a new purpose-built facility next to their old building at the Wincombe Business Park in Shaftesbury.

Friars Moor Vets is a local independent business employing 65 people which says it works hard to continue the ‘friendly, caring ethos’ that has been built since Norman Coles founded the business back in 1957.  Norman Coles and his wife initially ran the practice from their family bungalow on Manston Road in Sturminster Newton. It now has branches in Sturminster Newton, Shaftesbury and Blandford, allowing flexibility to look after dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens and other pets.

Today, Friar Moor still prides itself on being independent at a time when corporations are buying up traditional veterinary surgeries. There are four senior vets within the practice who are shareholders in the company but who still spend their working days in clinical practice. There are 16 farm vets supported by five veterinary technicians. In addition, there are eight pet vets, nine nurses and further support and administration staff.

The practice has been awarded the RCVS Practice Standards Scheme for both pet and farm work. This means that works is to standards of ‘best practice’ and that staff have to be fully up to date with current veterinary thinking.

For small animals, part of that best practice is the Lifetime Care Club. For a small monthly charge, pet owners can spread the cost of vaccinations, health assessment, flea, tick and worm treatments. It further gives discount to other treatments as they become necessary.

Friars Moor Vets 01258 472314 or www.friarsmoorvets.co.uk

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