A LONG-time-empty Leigh pub has been given a new lease of life.
Caroline Purnell has launched her own Veterinary practice in Leigh after transforming the former Red Brick Inn on Twist Lane into her new base.
She and her husband Lloyd Davies have established My Pets’ Vets with the help of a £270,000 loan from the Royal Bank of Scotland RBS) to help cover the acquisition and refurbishment costs.
Local contractors DDC Building and Joinery undertook the refurbishment work.
Caroline trained at the Royal Veterinary College in London and has 12 years’ experience.
She previously worked in West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester, and is excited at the prospect of setting up her own practice in the town.
Caroline said: “When we found the Red Brick Inn the location and the premises were perfect.
“It’s taken a lot of hard work, but it’s been worth it and we’re really looking forward to welcoming our first customers and their pets.
“Our aim is to provide the highest standards of animal care while being friendly and compassionate.
“It is also nice to be able to bring a prominent empty building back into use.”
My Pets’ Vets will provide care and treatment to all domestic animals. Pet passports will be available, and Caroline has a special interest in animal acupuncture, dermatology (dealing with skin conditions), and rabbit medicine.
Two veterinary nurses have been recruited to work in the new business.