Vets back in action
ITS sudden closure about six weeks ago devastated pet owners in the region, but two long-time, local vets have pulled together to reopen a popular Coast veterinary surgery.
Dr Linda King and Dr Retief Botha have banded together to resurrect the former Currimundi Veterinary Surgery, rebranding it Currimundi Vets.
The Nicklin Way practice shut its doors suddenly on August 10, the announcement devastating plenty of cat and dog owners who’d been long-time customers of the clinic.
Dr King said she saw the need for vet services in the area, with many people in the Wurtulla and Warana areas suddenly facing long journeys to get treatment for the family pet.
She has been a vet for more than 30 years and has run Moffat Beach Vet for the past 20 years.
She’s teamed up with Dr Botha, a former Maroochydore vet and long-time Coast practitioner, and breathed new life back into the clinic, which was reopened last Monday.
“A lot of regulars are noticing that we’re open and coming back,” Dr King said.
She’ll be operating both practices while Dr Botha will be solely focused on the new Currimundi practice.
Dr King said it was relatively painless to work with liquidators of the old practice to negotiate the lease and take over of equipment, and the team was now focused on restoring the customer base and providing locals with a “really personalised service”.
Dr King said most of the former team had been forced to find other work after it closed at short notice, but they’d retained vet Dr Leah Barth and vet nurse Tash Hamilton, who joined Sue Botha and Lisa Waters on the team.
Dr King said they would be offering usual veterinary care as well as dog acupuncture and herbal/natural treatment options for pet owners, giving them greater treatment choices.
“We’re hoping to attract more people back into the clinic now,” Dr King said.
BACK IN ACTION: Dr Retief Botha and Dr Linda King have reopened the Currimundi veterinary surgery.