When Dr. Thomas Ferreira qualified as a veterinarian in 2010 he always dreamt of owning his own practice. After working for a year in Cape Town at a large 24hr Animal Hospital he decided that the time was right to start his own hospital in his hometown, Bloemfontein. He and his fiancée at the time, Dr. Keri Beviss-Challinor bought an old house in Wilgehof Bloemfontein and started the long process of revamping it into the modern veterinary hospital it is today.
The main building of the house became the hospital and was converted from a 6 roomed building to one containing 14 rooms. These include:
- Reception area filled with pet food, pet apparel and toys
- 2 consulting rooms where the veterinarian will examine the pet and discuss the problems and treatment options with the owner
- A procedure room where general procedures such as blood collection, nail clipping, preparing the animal for surgery etc. are performed. This room also contains some cages where patients can recover from general anaesthetic under the close observation of the veterinarians and staff.
- A dirty procedure room where procedures such as teeth or ear cleaning and abscess lancing are performed. This area is separate from the surgical theatre and completely tiled which allows easy cleaning to prevent spread of infection
- Theatre where sterile surgery is performed. This room is equipped with a modern isoflurane gas anaesthetic machine and oxygen for the general anaesthesia of patients and the theatre is linked to a scrub room where the veterinary surgeon can change and prepare for surgery
- Medicine Room where all the veterinary medicines and vaccines are kept. This room also houses the microscope and machines used to do tests on your pets blood and urine while you wait
- Xray room which houses the brand new Xray machine with digital developer which makes taking Xrays quick and easy
- A wash room where all the hospital’s laundry is done as well as where surgical instruments are sterilized using an autoclave
- Four patient wards including a dog ward with cages where sick dogs can overnight or where patients awaiting surgery can be safely kept; an isolation ward for dogs and cats with highly contagious diseases such as parvo or snuffles; a separate cat ward where the kitties can be kept in a peaceful place away from the dogs; and an ICU ward for very ill patients