Senior vet Roger Dunn said the new surgery was a long way from when some post mortems used to have to be carried out in a car port right next door to a restaurant.
Some canine guests didn’t seem to care if it was new – it was still the vets.
The new dental suite – a safe zone for penguins, since they don’t have teeth.
The walls of the spacious new Warkworth Vets’ hospital in Hudson Road rang with laughter last month, as senior vet partners regaled more than 100 visitors with stories of various veterinary adventures and mishaps over the years.
The occasion was the official opening of the new facility just a day before the practice moved over from its old Neville Street surgery.
Senior vet Roger Dunn said the state-of-the-art new hospital had been built as sustainably as possible, using NZ wood, double glazing, solar power and even an electric car charger.
Guests were able to tour the new building, which includes four consulting rooms, two operating theatres, dental and imaging suites, and extensive animal housing.