Way way back (in the 1970s!) in a garage on Moss Green Lane, Holmefield Veterinary Clinic was born……………
In those days, the practice was known as Forsyth and Mazonas, after the founding partners Dougie Forsyth and David Mazonas and it provided veterinary care to all species large and small, with particular interests in both pigs and horses. The care of small animals occupied only a small percentage of the vets’ time and it wasn’t until the 1980’s, when the practice moved to it’s new purpose built premises on the corner of Holmefield Close, that the balance between farm work and small animal work started to shift.
Over the years, advances in veterinary medicine and the increasing specialisation in knowledge and skills, increases in patient numbers (particularly dogs and cats) and an ever expanding need for space, prompted the original practice to divided into 2 practices :-
Holmefield Veterinary Clinic (as we now know it) providing care for small animals
And Holmefield Farm Services who look after farm animals from their base in Murton near York.
Our building was way ahead of it’s time in the 1980s and served us well over the years but as our demand for space grew, it was starting to bulge at the seams (plus was in need of some TLC and a definite face lift) so after what seemed like a lifetime of planning (in reality about 2 years), work began in October 2016 and our fantastic new facilities slowly but surely emerged.
We have settled into our new space so well that it is already hard to remember how things were, far less how we coped, but as they say a few pictures tell a thousand words, so here are a few before and after shots!
Its hard to believe how much our reception has changed!
We have moved the dispensary to join the lab behind the consult rooms.
Our amazing new ‘prep room’ is the central hub of our surgical facilities. It is larger and brighter and offers all the most up to date floor and wall coverings to ensure optimal infection control.
We now have two lovely new operating theatres which benefit from a more closely controlled environment, wipe clean wall coverings and brighter lighting.
Our new Xray and imaging room incorporates a moveable Bucky table to speed up and improve the comfort of our patients during radiography, plus digital developing of xrays.
Like all other areas of the practice, all the services are hidden, so cleanliness and sterility are more easily maintained.
The old dental room was within a thoroughfare, so lacked peace and quiet and the table was a standard operating table.
We now have the luxury of a ‘tub’ table which allows water to freely drain away during dental procedures, meaning that our patients are more comfortable during the procedure and we can more easily maintain optimal body temperatures during dental procedures carried out under general anaesthesia.
Our canine patients benefit from a much lighter and more open ward during their stay.
We are so proud of the added comforts our new cat ward offers
- A quiet haven away from the noise and hustle and bustle
- Cats cannot so each other so feel less threatened and more secure
- Toughened glass doors to improve infection control
- Easily accessible from the Prep Room for monitoring and nursing care
- Piped oxygen facilities for those cats requiring oxygen therapy
- Complies with ISFM ‘Cat friendly’ guidelines