January 2015 will be marked by the Parklands’ Veterinary Group opening a new centre of operations in the Co Antrim town of Portglenone.
The new business represents a joining of interests between Parklands and Drew McCullough, who has operated his own – very successful – veterinary practice in the area for the past 36 years.
Details of the new venture were confirmed at a public meeting attended by almost 150 farmers earlier this week.
Courtesy of his presentation Drew McCullough explained that the new practise will provide farmer clients in the Portglenone catchment area with an all embracing specialist veterinary resource, backed up by a comprehensive range of in-house analytical and testing services.
He also confirmed that he will be an integral part of the new Parklands Portglenone team.
Parklands currently operates from two main centres in Cookstown and Dungannon. The group employs 23 veterinary surgeons, who work with a team of highly qualified veterinary nurses and administrative staff.
Parklands’ director Andrew Turkington also addressed this week’s meeting. He confirmed that the team of vets working within the group will provide the range of specialist services required by livestock farmers in Northern Ireland.
“We are the only member of XLVets in Northern Ireland,” he continued.
“Our aim is to work with farmer clients on a proactive basis, educating and training them to secure the highest possible animal health standards on their farms. Simply providing a fire brigade service is not the business that we are in. It’s all about developing a partnership with farmers, in order to allow them achieve higher levels of efficiency and profitability within their businesses.”
Drew McCullough will be joined initially by Parklands’ veterinarians Treenie Bowser and Louise Hanna. The initial objective for the new practice is to have a team of five veterinarians working from Portglenone within a five year period.
Treenie told the meeting that the new Parklands Portglenone team will be providing a specialist fertility service for dairy and suckler cow producers.
“We will also be working closely with sheep farmers,” she added.“A core driver of the new business will be the availability of our in-house laboratory and analysis facilities in Dungannon and Cookstown.
“These will allow us to quickly identify the source of the various health challenges that can crop up on local farms.”