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Santander supports independent veterinary group open ninth practice
Inglis Vets headquartered in Dunfermline, Scotland, has opened a new practice in Kirkcaldy with funding from Santander Business Banking. The official opening of the practice was carried out by local Fife Flyers hockey star Peter LeBlanc and his canine companion Luna.
Founded over 50 years ago in Halbeath, Dunfermline, Inglis Vets has over the years worked closely with Edinburgh University to develop new healthcare solutions for pets. The university places all their third-year students in the Cowdenbeath practice under a joint agreement with the business. As a result of its R&D project, the business has launched a new Healthy Pets Centre for veterinary care, focusing on new treatments such as hydrotherapy and physiotherapy for pets. The centre was featured on the BBC Television documentary series ‘More Creatures Great & Small’.
With the support from Santander, Inglis Vets will continue to develop its services which also includes pet insurance plans. The Active Care Plan and Lifetime Care Plan, which now have more than 5,000 members, heavily discount routine treatments and other services, and spread that discounted cost over a year with a simple payment plan.
Alongside its veterinary work, the group also takes pride in its charitable contributions and provided more than £50,000 in discounts to pet charities in 2016. It also set up the Inglis Vets Malawi fund to support the work that the LSPCA does to improve the welfare of domestic and farm animals in Malawi.
Ronnie Soutar, Chief Operating Officer, Inglis Vets, said:
We’re incredibly proud to be opening our ninth practice in the town of Kirkcaldy. We have a great team on board and this latest addition to the business will mean we can extend our pet-focussed approach to even more clients in the Fife area. The support given to us by Santander throughout the process of getting our new branch up and running has been excellent and we’re very grateful to the team. We believe the opening of the practice has firmly cemented the group’s place as one of the East Coast’s strongest veterinary businesses with a focus on delivering high quality care in modern, welcoming environments.
Scott Hutchinson, Relationship Director at Santander Business Banking, said:
In the competitive veterinary market, Inglis Vets has developed a strong brand and business model and we expect the business to capitalise on the clear success it has in the sector. We’re truly excited to be able to offer support to a business that helps to keep our pets in good health and we look forward to working with such a charitable and generous group going forward.