Animal Hospital opens new equine centre

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May 28, 2015 8:15 AM

Alex Chippin Photo Joined by other Lloydminster Animal Hospital staff, Dr. Trent Wennekamp, middle, cut the ribbon outside the new equine centre on May 23, marking the end of the facility's renovation project. - Alex Chippin Photo

On Saturday, the Lloydminster Animal Hospital (LAH) cut the ribbon in front of a newly-renovated facility that is highlighted by a new equine centre for horses.

“Previously, there were a lot of procedures they would have had to send to other centres,” said Dr. Trent Wennekamp of the veterinary clinic. “Now we’ll be able to do a lot of them here without having to travel. That’ll be the main advantage.”

The LAH’s major renovation project, which commenced in January, includes an indoor surgery suite, added hospitalization space for animals and a larger working area for vets.

“In horses, surgery is quite a bit different just because they’re so big, so they fall down and they’re quite heavy. You need a nice, padded, soft area so they don’t get hurt,” Wennekamp said.

In the past, vets needed to perform surgeries on horses primarily outdoors, where a grass ground provided protection for the animal.

But that came with severe limitations, namely unpredictable weather conditions and the dirty working area.

“This allows us to do surgeries year-round, indoors, in a clean environment,” said Wennekamp. “It allows us to do a few more surgeries that we wouldn’t have been able to do before, and do it in a safe manner for horses and for us.”

Wennekamp says that in total the renovations cost the hospital between $40,000 and $50,000, all of which was self-funded. In addition to the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the animal hospital had the barbecue sizzling all afternoon, with proceeds going to the Lloydminster and District SPCA. The clinic also organized tours for visitors and held a first-aid seminar.

Eight veterinarians currently work at the Lloydminster Animal Hospital, which provides health services to any and all animals and has been operating for over 30 years.

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