Veterinary hospital set to expand into a space three times the size

Stuart McGuckinSouth Western Times
Vandenbergh Veterinary Group operations manager Nick Edis.
Camera IconVandenbergh Veterinary Group operations manager Nick Edis.

One business certainly not worried about potential further downturns in Collie is the town vet.

The hospital is in the middle of moving to the former Home Hardware building in the centre of town, which is more than three times the size of its current location.

“Our vision is to create a service in Collie that has the ability to cater for the entire Greater Bunbury region and beyond as well as Collie,” Vandenbergh Veterinary Group operations manager Nick Edis said.

“We want to bring people to town because we have confidence in the people in town who are working hard to create a better future there.”

Collie Veterinary Services is the hub of the group which also has centres in Narrogin, Boyup Brook and Darkan as well as a planned hospital in Harvey.

The new space will allow the business to triple the size of its manageable workload and hospitalise three times as many pets at any one time as well as provide services not currently offered.

It also means an increasing workforce.

“We’ve already hired three more members of staff who have moved to town and we intend on hiring even more,” Mr Edis said.

“We will also be offering three internships to locals looking to study veterinary nursing as well.

“By the end of this year we think we’ll have an extra five paid roles as well as those intern roles.”

Mr Edis said he had the confidence to expand because there had been dramatic growth in his business over the past five years.

“We’re certainly not worried about being able to fill the new space,” he said.

“Our confidence comes from the continued development within our team that has allowed us to expand.

“We’ve created a system whereby Collie is a hub of those areas — in Narrogin we have emergency services during the day but at night it comes through Collie.”

Mr Edis hoped the hospital would be opened by the end of April.

“When it comes to medical facilities and veterinary facilities there is a lot of red tape,” he said.

“We’ve got a visit from the medical board next month, then we hope to be in not long after that.”

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