Monday, 23 October 2017

MP performs official opening of new barn at specialist vets

JOHN HOWELL officially opened new premises at an alpaca and llama treatment centre in Goring Heath.

JOHN HOWELL officially opened new premises at an alpaca and llama treatment centre in Goring Heath.

The Henley MP planted one of three silver birch trees at Camelid Veterinary Services to mark the occasion.

The business provides camelid reproduction services and consultancy for medical, reproductive and herd health issues affecting alpacas and llamas.

The timber-framed barn has accommodation for the animals, a theatre, laboratory and an office.

It is environmentally friendly with super insulation, triple glazing and solar power.



Owner Claire Whitehead, who founded the business in 2011, said she was delighted to be able to expand it. She hopes to provide more diagnostic services, an online learning portal, clinical research, consultancy services for vets and more referral  services.

She told more than 50 guests at the ceremony that the barn was built on part of the former RAF Woodcote on what had been the airmen’s dining area and it was called “The Old Barracks” to recognise this.

The base was operational during the Second World War.

Mr Howell said: “It’s such a great privilege to come here to see a new business open in a rural part of the constituency.

“I would like to add my warmest congratulations to you for what you’re doing here.”

He said the business had been helped by the Government’s Growth Vouchers programme, which offers expert advice to help small businesses develop.

The opening was followed by lunch and an educational seminar by vet Dr David E Anderson, of the University of Tennessee.



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