After nearly two years of plans and applications, the Kooringal Veterinary Hospital expansion has been given the go-ahead.
The $3 million development includes the construction of a brand new two-storey building and upgrades to the hospital's existing layout.
The works will more than triple the site's capacity and allow it to offer brand new services to Riverina pets such as CT scans, orthopaedics and oncology.
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Hospital director Mark Sayer said the expansion is much-needed following rapid growth over the past few years.
"This has been long-overdue because our number of clients has been growing 25 per cent each year for the past six years," he said.
"We've outgrown our current facilities and now people can look forward to a facility that will be state-of-the-art and offer the greatest comfort to them and their pets."
The new building will include spaces for treatment, surgery and imaging, as well as animal wards and staff facilities.
Once the new building is finished, the layout of the existing site will be upgraded to include five consulting rooms - as opposed to the two it currently houses.
Dr Sayer said the expansion includes a wing for visiting specialists which will allow the hospital to offer services previously only available in the capital cities.
"There will be a separate wing for visiting specialists, such as dermatologists and ophthalmologists, who require a facility so they can see local clients," he said.
"Previously people have had to go to either Canberra, Melbourne or Sydney to get that type of treatment."
The hospital director said he was hoping to begin construction in early 2022 and have the expanded facility up and running by Christmas next year.
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