Bolton vet surgery to move into pub

The Animal Trust vet's surgery in Castle Street. Picture from Google Maps.

The Animal Trust vet's surgery in Castle Street. Picture from Google Maps.

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A VETS is set to expand — by opening a new practice in a pub.

Bolton-based Animal Trust Ltd has lodged plans to convert the Manxman Road pub, in Blackburn, after it was put up for sale by owners Trust Inns.

An asking price of £165,000 has been set for the pub which closed at the end of last year.

Animal Trust said: “The application have been made available due to the lack of viability of the existing use, with evidence demonstrating that the profitability of the public house has declined significantly over the past 10 years.”

If approved, the plans include the bricking up of the existing main entrance, a new access ramp at the proposed main entrance, erection of a 1.5-metre tall wall to enclose a dog walk area and the laying out of the car park to provide 19 parking spaces.

Bosses at Animal Trust, based in Castle Street, The Haulgh, also said the practice would create 19 full-time jobs in the first 8 months, rising to 28 jobs after four years.

In its statement, the firm added: “The Animal Trust is a not-for-profit veterinary practice that offers a high-quality service catering primarily for dogs, cats, rabbits and some other small mammals.

“Animal Trust operates an existing practice in Bolton, to the east of the town centre. This practice has approximately 260 clients who live in the Blackburn area and who travel to Bolton in order to access the not-for-profit care.

“As there is no similar provider in Blackburn, Animal Trust anticipates that there will be a great demand for their services.”

Cllr Andy Kay said: “It looks like a good move to me. The Manxman did not have a very good reputation in recent years.”

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10:28am Sun 26 Jan 14

Rememberscarborough says...

Went to the Castle Street practice yesterday for the first time with our new puppy and the staff were really friendly but quite clearly had the animal's best interests at heart. Good luck with this new venture.
Went to the Castle Street practice yesterday for the first time with our new puppy and the staff were really friendly but quite clearly had the animal's best interests at heart. Good luck with this new venture. Rememberscarborough
  • Score: 13

10:38am Sun 26 Jan 14

MarkAllRead says...

Makes sense, even when it was a pub it was full of animals.
Makes sense, even when it was a pub it was full of animals. MarkAllRead
  • Score: 15

10:54am Sun 26 Jan 14

19bex82 says...

I took my dog here before it changed over to the Animal Trust. It's funny to keep reading about this 'non-profit' lovely, caring, wonderful vets surgery. Trying to charge £350 + for skin scrape tests that my Dog did not need and then when I said no, wanted £100 for blood tests. Nothing wrong with my dog just wanted flea treatment! Then I paid £130 + to treat my cats leg which she had cut, still have problems with her leg now! I'd rather pay the consultation fee and take my animals to a decent vets who clearly know what they're doing! This place is a disgrace and I would never take any of my animals here again!
I took my dog here before it changed over to the Animal Trust. It's funny to keep reading about this 'non-profit' lovely, caring, wonderful vets surgery. Trying to charge £350 + for skin scrape tests that my Dog did not need and then when I said no, wanted £100 for blood tests. Nothing wrong with my dog just wanted flea treatment! Then I paid £130 + to treat my cats leg which she had cut, still have problems with her leg now! I'd rather pay the consultation fee and take my animals to a decent vets who clearly know what they're doing! This place is a disgrace and I would never take any of my animals here again! 19bex82
  • Score: -14

11:01am Sun 26 Jan 14

lv8151 says...

19bex82 wrote:
I took my dog here before it changed over to the Animal Trust. It's funny to keep reading about this 'non-profit' lovely, caring, wonderful vets surgery. Trying to charge £350 + for skin scrape tests that my Dog did not need and then when I said no, wanted £100 for blood tests. Nothing wrong with my dog just wanted flea treatment! Then I paid £130 + to treat my cats leg which she had cut, still have problems with her leg now! I'd rather pay the consultation fee and take my animals to a decent vets who clearly know what they're doing! This place is a disgrace and I would never take any of my animals here again!
i think the clue is that you took it before it changed over .... i know lots of people that go to castle st animal trust and they are all very pleased with the price and service ... maybe you should give it another try now it has changed over to animal trust
[quote][p][bold]19bex82[/bold] wrote: I took my dog here before it changed over to the Animal Trust. It's funny to keep reading about this 'non-profit' lovely, caring, wonderful vets surgery. Trying to charge £350 + for skin scrape tests that my Dog did not need and then when I said no, wanted £100 for blood tests. Nothing wrong with my dog just wanted flea treatment! Then I paid £130 + to treat my cats leg which she had cut, still have problems with her leg now! I'd rather pay the consultation fee and take my animals to a decent vets who clearly know what they're doing! This place is a disgrace and I would never take any of my animals here again![/p][/quote]i think the clue is that you took it before it changed over .... i know lots of people that go to castle st animal trust and they are all very pleased with the price and service ... maybe you should give it another try now it has changed over to animal trust lv8151
  • Score: 16

11:21am Sun 26 Jan 14

boltonman1971 says...

Great place we have been well looked after since we swapped her lot more reasonable than other vets we have used, our dog had to have surgery and was well looked after

To the above comment why post you will not go again when you never been while they owned it just proved yourself to be a idiot
Great place we have been well looked after since we swapped her lot more reasonable than other vets we have used, our dog had to have surgery and was well looked after To the above comment why post you will not go again when you never been while they owned it just proved yourself to be a idiot boltonman1971
  • Score: 10

11:58am Sun 26 Jan 14

steveG says...

There are a plethora of new vet practices opening and the reason is not one of social responsibility but a symptom of greed culture. Many vulnerable people and animals are being,for want of a better term,ripped off.
There are a plethora of new vet practices opening and the reason is not one of social responsibility but a symptom of greed culture. Many vulnerable people and animals are being,for want of a better term,ripped off. steveG
  • Score: 9

2:13pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Tim Burr says...

Veterinary practices changed once pet insurance became available. No more James Herriot type characters but vets in suits and armani scrubs. Good luck to the Trust, putting the welfare of animals first over profit.
Veterinary practices changed once pet insurance became available. No more James Herriot type characters but vets in suits and armani scrubs. Good luck to the Trust, putting the welfare of animals first over profit. Tim Burr
  • Score: 10

3:39pm Sun 26 Jan 14

chris25 says...

MarkAllRead wrote:
Makes sense, even when it was a pub it was full of animals.
dont insult our four legged friends.
[quote][p][bold]MarkAllRead[/bold] wrote: Makes sense, even when it was a pub it was full of animals.[/p][/quote]dont insult our four legged friends. chris25
  • Score: 5

9:10pm Sun 26 Jan 14

boltonnut says...

Hair of the dog?????????
Hair of the dog????????? boltonnut
  • Score: 4

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