Vet scoops UK award 
for top-notch facilities

10-12-2015 Picture Roberto Cavieres.  - Vet Lynn Martin of Martin Vets, 10 Strathkelvin Place, Southbank Marina, Kirkintilloch, G66 1XT with awards after winning British Veterinary Hospital Association award

10-12-2015 Picture Roberto Cavieres. - Vet Lynn Martin of Martin Vets, 10 Strathkelvin Place, Southbank Marina, Kirkintilloch, G66 1XT with awards after winning British Veterinary Hospital Association award

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A veterinary practice in Kirkintilloch has beaten off stiff competition from all over the UK to win a prestigious award for its facilities.

Not only did Martin Veterinary Centre at Southbank Marina come out top in “Best Conversion” category in the British Veterinary Hospitals Association’s Design Awards 2015, it was also named overall winner.

The British Veterinary Hospitals Association represents the highest standard of veterinary practice in the UK.

Previous Scottish winners include Glasgow University’s small animal hospital. The £15m facility scooped the overall prize in 2009.

As part of the awards process, the facilities and premises at the new Martin Veterinary Centre, which opened in January 2014, underwent an intensive examination by inspectors.

The inspection covers a whole range of issues relating to the running of the vet practice and the care of its patients – and particularly how the design of the premises contributes to clinical efficiency and standards.

Vet Lynn Martin, who is a former pupil of Kirkintilloch High School, said this week: “I was amazed to win. It was a real bolt from the blue.

“I always had a dream to design my own veterinary practice and I am so pleased it turned out the way it did.”

After outgrowing a previous building, Lynn, supported by husband Gillies Walker, a former surveyor, took over the empty premises at the marina in 2013.

Starting from scratch, the couple transformed the empty shell into a modern hi-tech veterinary centre in a year.

Lynn said: “The judges said it was ‘an imaginative and excellent layout in a challenging building with top class facilities for staff and patients’ and we are absolutely delighted.”

The centre includes a separate cat and dog area, air-conditioning and centrally heated kennels, wheelchair-friendly consulting rooms and a quiet room and much more.

Lynn received her award from BVHA President Martin Smith at a ceremony in London.