A Tameside veterinary practice is expanding with the opening of its third surgery following a £50,000 investment.

Tameside Veterinary Clinic opens a new branch in Stalybridge today, Monday November 13th, after taking over the lease of the former Yorkshire Bank building on Melbourne Street.

The practice, which already has surgeries in Ashton and Hyde have expanded in answer to the increasing demand from local pet owners.

Around a quarter of clients who bring their pets to their main site in Ashton are from Stalybridge, making the new surgery much more convenient.

The new surgery boasts three consult rooms, reception with separate waiting areas for cats and dogs, operating facilities and on-site parking, and will be open Monday to Friday.

The historic former bank building, which is in a conservation area, has been sympathetically restored. The cost of the renovation work and new equipment has taken the level of investment to £50,000.

New jobs, including a position for a veterinary surgeon, will be created.

The project has been overseen by Diarmuid Currid and Gavin McCoubrey. They set up Tameside Veterinary Clinic in Ashton in 2000, before opening the Hyde branch five years ago.

Mr McCoubrey said: “We know demand is there for a new surgery in Stalybridge as we already have a lot of clients from there so we will hit the ground running.

“The new surgery looks great and everything inside is new, so there will be excellent facilities and a lovely environment for clients and their pets.

“All three sites are self-contained surgeries which operate autonomously. Routine operations like neutering will take place at the new surgery, rather than at the main branch in Ashton, as it is less stressful for the patient.”

Mr McCoubrey added: “We have already had some brilliant feedback that we are regenerating a lovely old building that has been empty for years.

“It is in a conservation area in a lovely part of the town so it has been sympathetically restored.”

Tameside Veterinary Clinic is a member of VetPartners, which is made up of some of the most respected and trusted veterinary groups in the UK.

On behalf of all at Local Community Matters, we wish Diarmuid Currid and Gavin McCoubrey the very best of luck with their new business.