A WAKEFIELD veterinary centre is moving to newly revamped premises as part of a regeneration of the town’s Civic Quarter.

Chantry Vets will this week relocate its Gills Yard branch to nearby Northgate so the current site can be demolished to make way for a re-development of the area.

The move is part of a land assembly by Wakefield Council as the building and car park at Gill’s Yard will be become part of a larger development opportunity, which also includes the former police station on Wood Street and multi-storey car park on Rishworth Street. The larger site is being marketed for new development in the commercial, leisure or residential sectors.

Wakefield Council has provided Chantry Vets, which has 12 sites across West Yorkshire, with a refurbished building in Northgate, which has now been transformed into a state-of-the-art surgery.

The new surgery boasts two consulting rooms, prep room, operating room, veterinary nurse’s room and reception and waiting area.

It will be staffed by a vet, veterinary nurse and Chantry Vets’ longest-serving member of staff, Helen Little, who has been a receptionist at the practice for 16 years.

The opening of the new site will also enable Chantry Vets to expand its services as they will be able to run physiotherapy clinics and puppy socialisation and training classes.
Chantry Vets Practice Manager Victoria Lee said: “This is a very exciting move for us as and clients and their pets will benefit from improved facilities.

“We are moving into a lovely old building, dating back to 1925 and we have been able to retain some of the original features like arched windows, an archway in the lobby and wall tiles in the stairwell.

“But the building has been brought up to modern standards with air conditioning and CCTV. The facilities have been refreshed as our previous site was starting to become out of date.”

All veterinary equipment has been transferred to the new surgery in time for its opening on January 15th.

Gills Yard was the original headquarters for Chantry Vets when it opened in 1960. Its main hospital is now in Alverthorpe, near Wakefield.