L-R Tina Cutler, Jess Hulme and Naomi Wakerell from Shires Vets at the new practice in Beaconside, Stafford.

Six jobs have been created by the opening of a new £250,000 vet practice in Stafford, a number which is expected to double within the next 18 months.

Shires Vets opened the doors of its new practice at Stafford Technology Park, Beaconside on Monday, July 2, to sit alongside its existing practices in Stone, Eccleshall, Gnosall, Loggerheads and Stoke.

Two vets, two nurses and two receptionists have been taken on to facilitate the opening, a number which is expected to grow as the practice becomes established.

The general practice surgery, which caters for small animals, boasts three consultation rooms and two theatres. It has been set up to complement Shires’ existing facilities, which cater for pets, farm animals and equine clients across Staffordshire.

Jess Hulme, clinical director at Shires Vets, said:

“We’ve had some really positive feedback locally to us moving to Stafford and we’re looking forward to serving the community and their pets.

“There’s definitely scope to expand over the next 18 months and we hope once we’re established we’ll be able to create at least six more jobs here.

“Setting up in Stafford is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time, so we’re delighted to finally be here.”

To celebrate the opening, Shires is hosting an open day on Thursday, July 19, from 10am to 2pm, with free behind-the-scenes tours of the facilities and a chance to meet the team, in exchange for a donation to Cavaliers in Need.

Cavaliers in Need is a charity based in Northern Ireland which rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. The breed has some notoriously difficult health problems and Shires is supporting the charity to enable it to help continue to provide often lifesaving interventions. For more information on Shires Vets, visit or search for Shires Vets on Facebook.