CONSTRUCTION of Cooma's first purpose built veterinary hospital is well underway.
The new Snowy Vets clinic is set on a four-and-a-half hectare property on the northern outskirts of Cooma adjacent to the Monaro Highway.
At about 350 square metres in size, the new state of the art, eco-friendly facility will provide considerably more space than the current clinic on Baron Street.
The new site will also include horse stables and animal yards.
"The stables are as big as our current surgery," Director of Snowy Mountains Veterinary Group Mike Mesley said.
"We grew out of where we are now a long time ago."
Amongst many other things, the new clinic will feature separate dog and cat waiting areas, consulting rooms and recovery rooms.
The stable complex and some large animal yards will improve the range of services Snowy Vets can provide to equine and large animal patients.
Dr Mesley said the biggest improvements in services for horses would be the addition of a digital X-ray machine, ultrasound capacity, hospitalisation and the ability to carry out minor surgeries on the premises.
There will also be an exclusive euthanasia room with separate access.
"It will make it a bit of a nicer experience for everyone," Dr Mesley said.
The new clinic was designed in collaboration with local building designer Pat Swain from Kydra Designs.
Mr Swain said it was a design that aimed to be natural and calming as well as efficient and practical.
With rammed earth walls, a northern orientation, double glazed windows, solar hot water and a solar electric PV System, Mr Swain said the new clinic was also eco-friendly.
He said it would have the 'wow' factor and be a landmark for the entrance of Cooma.
Planning for the new clinic, being built by Bruce Geach Constructions, started two years ago. Earthworks began in November last year, before construction got underway in January.
Construction is due for completion in late June.
"We hope to be in this winter," Dr Mesley said.