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Work to transform a West Kirby vets expected to complete by summer

By Emma Gunby at

Work to transform a West Kirby’s veterinary surgery into a state-of-the-art facility is expected to complete this summer.

The new look Acorn Veterinary Centre in Acacia Grove, West Kirby, will employ 19 people, which will include the creation of two new jobs.

The former buildings attached to the end-of-terrace three-storey Victorian town house have been demolished to make way for a modern, glass-fronted 3,000 sq ft single storey building.

Head Vet Tom McGowan and Tiny who is an important part of the Acorn team and belongs to Acorn student veterinary nurse Rachel Williams.

Head Vet Tom McGowan and Tiny who is an important part of the Acorn team and belongs to Acorn student veterinary nurse Rachel Williams.

For the time-being, the surgery has a temporary home at Hillcroft Farm in Frankby Road, Frankby.

The new practice, which is part of the Willows Veterinary Group, will house three consultation rooms, a double theatre, an imagery suite which will house X-ray, ultrasound, endoscopy and ECG equipment.

There will also be a designated feline and canine dental theatre which will also have its own digital X-ray system. The number of parking spaces will double from three to six.

Work is full steam ahead to create the new Acorn Veterinary Surgery.

Work is full steam ahead to create the new Acorn Veterinary Surgery.

Head Vet Tom McGowan, a father-of-two who lives in Heswall and is originally from Arkansas in the US, said: “The new practice is going to be open-plan and airy with lots of light and high ceilings but it will have a familiar feel with the same team working hard to look after our clients which I think will be really reassuring to them.

“We are all extremely excited that work is underway. The surgery has been in the local community for 30 years and it is great to be overseeing a project to revitalise it for many more years to come.”

Tony Cottier of JFW Construction is pictured with Willows Head Vet Tom McGowan

Tony Cottier of JFW Construction is pictured with Willows Head Vet Tom McGowan

Tony Cottier, joint Director of JFW Construction, the construction firm building the new surgery, said: “We have a team of six local lads employed on the site and all the materials we are using come from local suppliers.

“We are also enlisting the support of a team of Wirral based sub-contractors including scaffolders, electricians and window fitters so this particular project is providing a lot of work for a network of local businesses.

“Work is well underway now and going well. The finished project is going to look great and be in keeping with the local area. I think people will be really impressed by the finished building.”