Vets back in ac­tion

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BACK IN AC­TION: Dr Retief Botha and Dr Linda King have re­opened the Cur­rimundi vet­eri­nary surgery.

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