Irish Wolfhound Olive with vet nurse Tanya Kunzel from Flinders View Veterinary Surgery.
Irish Wolfhound Olive with vet nurse Tanya Kunzel from Flinders View Veterinary Surgery. Rob Williams

Doggy doctors ready for first patients at $750k vet

IPSWICH's new vet hospital is ready to be unveiled.

Construction has finished at Ripley Veterinary Hospital, one of many new businesses opening in the Ripley Town Centre.

Owner and vet Andrew Hemming said the $750,000 facility would be ready to accept patients this month.

And if your pet usually experiences high stress when it's time to see the doggy doctor, this might be the practice for you.

Staff are in training to ensure Ripley Vet Hospital is a fear-free environment.

Fear Free certification is about ensuring the stresses to pets are minimised.

Dr Hemming said that had also been considered in the construction of the new hospital with sound proofing between consultation rooms.

"Fear Free is around the idea that animals don't like going to the vet, so there are things we can do to make that a less stressful experience for them," Dr Hemming said.

"Not many practices in Australia are doing it yet. We do it in our other clinic at Flinders View; for example, it's about making sure there are certain smells in the clinic.

"Often you walk into a vet and it smells like vet; that doesn't put animals at ease.

"You could say part of it is aromatherapy for pets."

The new hospital will have piped oxygen throughout, two operating theatres, three consultation rooms and an isolation ward.

Opening the new practice has created three new jobs with some staff moving over from the Flinders View practice.

Mr Hemming will also be applying for ASAV certification for the new hospital, a recognition of excellence in care for small animals.

"The certification as an Australian Small Animal Veterinarian basically means that your hospital and the services you provide are at a higher level than a general practice," Dr Hemming said.

"I believe we will be the only animal hospital in Queensland with that accreditation and the Fear Free accreditation."



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