Two Yorkshire Dales veterinary practices have come together to create a round-the-clock service.
Yoredale vets has been created due to the merger of Hollin Rigg Vets, which covers Leyburn, and Linscott vets, which serves clients in Ripon, Masham, Leyburn and Bedale.
Linscott’s four existing branches will remain open as normal with the addition of Hollin Rigg surgery on Middleham Road in Leyburn, which will predominately act as the main farm and equine department for clients in and around the Leyburn area.
The merger means that the Leyburn-based team will be able to cater for the needs of livestock, pets and horses across North Yorkshire.
Jonathan Linscott, principal at Yoredale Vets, said: “This is an exciting and very positive move for both practices and will help us to further develop our core services and areas of expertise, enabling us to offer an enhanced service to clients from all sectors.”
Nick Poole, partner in the firm’s commercial department, said: “The merger signifies a wider trend in the veterinary world to join forces to create larger operations to provide both economies of scale and also a more responsive service to clients. The combined resources mean that the new practice will be able to serve a greater number of clients in the Dales, and to pool resources and expertise for the benefit of both clients and patients.”