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20.08.04
Disused farmyard makes way for state-of-the-art veterinary surgery in Lezant

With investment from Objective One, a redundant farm building has been reinvented as a modern small animal veterinary practice in the village of Lezant. The practice, which is housed in a newly converted barn, is on the 180-acre Glebe Farm, belonging to the Baker family. The premises have been adapted to accommodate Hunt and McGinn Veterinary Surgeons who can provide 24-hour emergency cover and around the clock care for hospitalised patients. A late surgery on Wednesday evenings from 7.30-8.30, and in-house alternative therapies are also available.

James Hunt (BvetMet MRCVS) and Orla McGinn (MVB MRCVS) are the vets at the practice. James is currently sitting specialist exams in veterinary anaesthesia, whilst Orla is looking to promote alternative therapy for pets. Orla whose husband runs the farm said: "The opportunity to build a state of the art surgery on the doorstep was too good to ignore. We're very excited about what we have been able to achieve, we intend to run regular acupuncture and reiki clinics alongside our conventional surgeries to give our clients a greater choice of treatment for their pets."

The project has been made possible through funding from Business Link and the Objective One Programme through the EAGGF (European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund). Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Programme said: "Creating pathways for development in rural areas is central to the Objective One aim of sustaining local economies and increasing resources and choices for local people. This commendable project has realised the economic potential of a redundant building and seen the benefits of diversifying on the family business, which in turn has created skilled jobs for local people."

Pet owners and animal lovers alike are all invited to an open afternoon at Glebe Veterinary Surgery on the 28th August. The afternoon will include guided tours of the surgery lead by the vets and veterinary nurses, a bouncy castle and face painting for children, refreshments and a chance to see reiki, acupuncture and anaesthetic equipment demonstrations. The Cats Protection League will be taking up residence in the cat ward with help and advice on keeping cats as pets.

For further information on the surgery and the open afternoon please phone 01579 370222, or alternatively see www.huntandmcginn.co.uk

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Sue Wolstenholme
Objective One Communications
Objective One Partnership Office
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Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01579 370991

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