It’s rare to find someone starting a new business in these COVID times and thriving, but that’s just what is happening in South Windsor with the newly named BVSC (Bligh Veterinary Services Centre) and vet Dr Benjamin J Graham.
For Dr Graham, buying the existing Bligh Park Veterinary Hospital was the fruition of a longtime dream for him to own his own practice. He took over on July 31 and all the staff have remained, including Dr Alan Bennet, who founded the practice in 1993. Now with over 75 years of cumulative experience, the practice has expanded to six vets and, as well as small animal veterinary care, it now also offers horse care.
Dr Benjamin Graham grew up with horses and attended pony club and State Championships before leaving school and studying Veterinary Science and Veterinary Biology at Charles Sturt University, graduating in 2013.
As a vet he has worked at all the Sydney racecourses, treating some of the world’s best horses. Benjamin
He now works three mornings a week at Hawkesbury Racetrack and three mornings at Warwick Farm Racetrack, as well as seeing clients in his own practice, the renamed BVSC at South Windsor.
“It’s been really busy,” Benjamin says. “We are seeing a lot of ear infections which is a seasonal issue. Pet owners are out walking their dogs more and grass seeds getting into the dog’s ears can easily result in infection. We’ve seen quite a few bee sting reactions recently too.
“We are also seeing a lot of dental issues.” His aim is to make BVSC the premier location for all animals in the Hawkesbury region.
With his trusty companion Kelpie “Chardy” by his side, invigorating the clinic is a labour of love, and it is working. “We have a lot of new clients,” Benjamin said.
BVSC offers everything from medical and surgical care to grooming and clipping. As well as vaccinations, annual checkups, dental and desexing it also offers boarding in its customised kennels.
He said their new online system means all appointments can be easily booked and bundled for economical options at www.bvsc. sydney or can be made by calling the team at reception.
BVSC offers full COVID safe protocols and can do contactless consults from the comfort of a client’s vehicle, “just make sure you bring your own coffee”.
The beloved family vet clinic still has the same heart beating beneath modern changes as BVSC adapts with the times.
Meet the BVSC team at 693 George St, South Windsor, or call (02) 4587 7177.