Loch Leven Equine Practice, Kinross, was successful in a grant application to the Scottish Rural Development Programme who have awarded funding towards the construction and specialist equipment for the first equine veterinary hospital in Tayside. This will enable the treatment of surgical conditions, routine out-patient cases, intensive care of in-patient horse and emergency treatments to be delivered locally in Kinross and offer an alternative referral service for other equine practices throughout Scotland.
The project will protect seven full-time jobs and as the business develops it will potentially create up to seven new posts, providing wider economic benefits.
"We are delighted that the Scottish Government has recognised the need for this venture and has agreed to help provide support towards the building of our new surgical facilities," said director Hugh Somerville.
"Developing the practice over the last seven years has been rewarding – but this important step to providing the full service is going to be the most exciting yet. This will help all of our clients and enable us to provide much needed local surgical facilities that will also supply central and northern Scotland."
The building is expected to be completed in spring 2013. For more information and updates visit www.lochlevenequine.co.uk