Tameside Vets to turn old Droylsden Co-op into high tech practice
Monday 15th April 2019 @ 13:48 by Tom Greggan
Business Droylsden News Tameside

A landmark Droylsden building will be transformed into a state-of-the-art veterinary practice.

Tameside Veterinary Clinic has taken over the lease of the former Co-op building on Greenside Lane and will open the new facility on April 29.

The modern, vibrant new surgery was made possible thanks to a £250,000 investment from VetPartners, which owns some of the UK’s most respected and trusted veterinary practices, including Tameside.

The new Droylsden clinic will boast three consulting rooms, an operating theatre, separate cat and dog waiting area and kennels, a large prep area, an isolation room for pets with contagious diseases, a dental suite and parking for 16 cars.

Initially, the practice will be run by one vet, a veterinary nurse and a receptionist. However, there are plans to triple the team over the next 12 months, with recruitment of new staff.

From left: Dyson the Labrador, senior vet Loren Shearing, Clinical Director Diarmuid Currid and receptionist Charlotte Garside.

Diarmuid Currid, Tameside Vets Clinical Director, is expecting strong demand for the clinic’s services from pet owners in Droylsden and the surrounding areas.

“Droylsden is an up and coming town with a new tramline and a lot of commuters who travel into Manchester,” he said. “It’s in a really convenient location, next to a retail park, with lots of on-site parking.”

The new practice will be the Tameside Vet’s fourth in the borough. The clinic’s main practice is in Ashton, with two other branches in Hyde and Stalybridge.

Overall, Tameside Vets has more than 10,000 clients and looks after 14,000 pets.

Mr Currid said: “Droylsden doesn’t currently have a veterinary practice in the town centre so we felt there was a need for services. We already have a lot of clients from Droylsden who bring their pets to our other practices, so the new site will be much more convenient.”

“If we are to continue growing our client base, we needed an extra site to take the pressure away from our main practice in Ashton-Under-Lyne. All our sites are self-contained surgeries that operate autonomously.

“Our new practice will provide excellent facilities and the latest high-tech equipment, including room for future investment in a new x-ray machine. It will be a lovely environment for owners to bring their pets and for staff to work in.”

The historic former Co-op building has a beehive, the symbol of the co-operative movement, carved into the stonework of the façade of the building and has more recently been used as a performance arts studio.

Mr Currid added: “The building was an empty shell so it provided us with a blank canvas to put up partitions and create a fantastic veterinary practice.”