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State-of-the-art £5m Veterinary Centre Opens Its Doors In Wakefield

10 months ago

6th February, 2018 15h29

Linnaeus Group

A new £5 million state-of-the-art veterinary centre has opened its doors in Wakefield, offering high quality multidisciplinary treatment for pets across the north of England.

Paragon Veterinary Referrals, which is part of the rapidly-expanding Linnaeus Group, is one of the largest and best-equipped animal centres in the UK.

At 18,000 sq ft and across three floors, Paragon, which is based in Wakefield’s Paragon Business Park, boasts a £1 million imaging suite with state-of-the-art MRI and CT scanners, five operating theatres and extensive kennelling facilities and cat wards.

It also boats fluoroscopy equipment with additional mobile c-arm, mobile DR and Phaco machine, as well as top anaesthetic equipment Mindray WATO.

A total of up to 80 staff will be employed at Paragon, including up to 18 referral vets and 32 nurses, while dedicated treatment will include ophthalmology, orthopaedics, soft tissue surgery, cardiology, neurology, medicine and dermatology. 

The centre, which is part of Dewsbury-based Calder Vets, which has 12 practices across Yorkshire, is being led by managing director Ian Monteith and clinical director Adam Bell.

Adam said: “The opening of Paragon is the culmination of an 18-month project to bring the very best quality referral veterinary centre here to Wakefield.

“We’re delighted to open our doors and the team here at Paragon Veterinary Referrals are totally committed to, and looking forward to, providing excellent care for patients using the latest veterinary techniques.”

With easy access from the M1 and M62, Paragon will be treating animals from Wakefield, Yorkshire and much further across the north of the country, and offers dedicated procedure rooms for cardiology, oncology and ophthalmology.

The launch of Paragon is part of the wider vision of the Linnaeus Group, a buy-and-build company which invests in, and supports, 80-plus veterinary practices up and down the UK, including Dewsbury-based Calder.

Ian said: “Linnaeus has a plan to continue investing in high quality practices which they can support and help nurture, while helping them retain their independence. The launch of Paragon Veterinary Referrals is a clear indication of the group’s ambition and I’m delighted to be leading such a major project.

“Throughout my career, I have always sought new challenges and embraced change. We are employing the best possible people and will be working closely with all of our referring vets to provide excellence.”

Lynne Hill, chief executive of the Linnaeus Group, said: “Linnaeus continues to expand, providing significant investment in new and existing vet practices and seeing the culmination of our Paragon project is extremely satisfying.

“We are very proud to be launching such an impressive, state-of-the-art referral centre to meet the needs of first opinion vets across the north of England.

“While Linnaeus continues on its journey to become the UK’s leading veterinary group, we believe we are fast becoming a group which is very attractive to join, refer to and work for, with quality care for the animals we treat, their owners and our staff at the heart of our vision. Paragon embodies all of this.”

Paragon was officially opened in a ceremony on Monday (February 5) in which stars from Super League club Wakefield Trinity RLC took in their pets and cut the ribbon.

The centre will add to the Linnaeus Group’s thriving referral practices across the UK, which include Willows Veterinary Centre, in Solihull; North Downs Specialist Referrals, in Surrey; London Vet Specialists and the recently-rebranded Southfields Veterinary Specialists, in Essex.

For more information about the services Paragon will be offering, and for details of the vacancies on offer at the vet centre, as well as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities, visit

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