SNOWY Vets has moved into its new state of the art hospital and is now open for business.
Snowy Vets moved into its new premises on the Monaro Highway, on the northern outskirts of Cooma, during the weekend.
At about 350 square metres in size, the new state of the art, eco-friendly clinic will provide considerably more space than the former clinic on Baron Street.
The new hospital has many new features including a specialised equine facility and animal yards.
Horse owners across the region did not previously have access to many services that could potentially be very useful and well used.
Snowy Vets' new purpose-built and designed stables have taken design tips from a number of equine and mixed practices around NSW.
This will allow horses to be hospitalised in stables, take good quality radiographs of horses' limbs and teeth, do ultrasound reproductive work with mares as well as having facilities to do some routine procedures like minor surgery on site.
Cats will be especially well catered for in the new home of Snowy Vets. The reception area will have a designated cat zone with no dogs allowed.
From there they will head into their own, purpose equipped cat consulting room. There is also a cats-only ward of the hospital, where cats can rest easy in their light filled and sound proofed room - seeing, smelling and hearing only other cats.
Dogs will be equally well catered for. Another two consulting rooms will be available for canine patients, and they too will have their own sound proofed hospital ward as well as a huge grassed outdoor area.
Both cats and dogs in recovery from anaesthesia, or in intensive care, will be comfortable in the new, personally designed and installed heated ICU beds.
With individually adjustable heating in each cage they have been installed with the comfort of your pets in mind.
Video cameras will be monitoring these cages, and are able to be viewed from any of the 10 computer screens around the building, or even online, ensuring many eyes will be on the most critically ill patients.
The new building also has a dedicated X-ray room with a high end and very adaptable digital X-ray machine.
The new machine will vastly improve the quality of Xrays taken, as well as allowing the vets to do lots of things they haven't been able to do in the past. Most notably this will include taking good Xrays of teeth in cats and dogs, but also taking great Xrays in horses as well.
The luxury of space will allow staff to provide other services for the first time.
They hope to be able to provide puppy preschool classes and client information nights in the new reception area.
The staff room is equipped with a sofa bed, so critically ill patients will have a vet or nurse close by through the night if required.
The pharmacy will be expanded in size and the three consulting rooms should allow vets to provide acupuncture and physiotherapy appointments more easily and comprehensively.