Converted from the old Balmoral Presbyterian Church, Balmoral Vets offers a spacious, purpose built facility for companion animals and working dogs, and an extensive and airy retail area and gift shop.
The Practice: Our practice at 34 Essex St, on another stunning Balclutha day.
Reception: People who were familiar with the old Balmoral church, will not feel out of place when they step into the reception area of Balmoral Vets. Apart from the reception desk and Pauline's welcoming smile, it is virtually unchanged.
Retail/Waiting: Clients and patients are invited to 'pull up a pew' while waiting for their appointment or take a break from shopping in the extensive retail area. Not just for the animals! As well as leads, collars, dog bowls, cat beds, food, toys and many other goodies for your pet; there is a growing and ever being added to giftware shop with animal themed gifts, toys and ornaments for the house and garden.
Consult rooms: Clean and uncluttered, the consult room is set out to make treating your pet easier. The colour scheme was the result of many hours of research (and painting), and was chosen specifically to aid relaxation and soothe the pet and the owner! Minimal furniture means the room is easily cleaned and this helps reduce that ‘vet clinic’ smell that creates anxiety in many animals, thereby helping the sick or nervous pet’s stress levels.
The Hub: The primary work area of Balmoral Vets, it has been laid out specifically to continue the clutter free ethos. Apart from some regularly used items, and those too bulky, everything is in drawers and cupboards, again allowing the area to be kept clean and odour free. Of particular note is the dedicated dental area – a state of the art dental machine with a wet work area that makes for easy cleaning. Routine dentals, ‘dirty’ surgeries and preparation work for sterile surgeries are all undertaken here.
Surgery: A dedicated clean surgery in which all abdominal and more complex surgeries are undertaken. Apart from a surgical light, table and anaesthetic machine, nothing is stored in here to ensure a clean and clutter free work area.
Hospital Cattery and Kennels: Having separate accommodation for cats and dogs where 'ne`er the twain shall meet' was essential when the design of Balmoral Vets was considered. Too often sick animals are stressed by having other species in the same room – not at all ideal for animals recovering from routine or non-routine surgery. Our cattery and kennel set up means that the hospitalised animals aren't required to gaze across a space to another animal either!
Diagnostic Room: This is a dark room which is dedicated to radiographic facilities at present, but in the future will include ultrasound as well. The ability to darken the room completely aids in the reading of x-rays and will be a must once ultrasound is available.
Laboratory: A small but essential part of the clinic, allowing basic laboratory work to be done on site. Centrifuge and microscope allow samples to be processed for various basic tests before using the services of a dedicated pathology lab to obtain further data with expert interpretations.