The new look Queanbeyan Veterinary Hospital has been officially opened by the Minister for Small Business and Member for Monaro John Barilaro.
Mr Barilaro said the thriving local business has cared for the regions animals for more than six decades.
“The Queanbeyan Veterinary Hospital is a fantastic example of a small business which has grown and adapted to changing demands over time,” said Mr Barilaro.
“The business was established in the 1950’s by Veterinarian Bob Dunlop in Monaro Street, Bob moved the vet to the current location in the 1960’s. It was a purpose built site which was extended in the 1970’s, and extended again in the late 1980’s.
“The vet set up the Jerrabomberra branch in 2012, and is affiliated with Manuka and Kippax veterinary hospitals.
“The staff are highly skilled in a number of fields and volunteer their time annually to help remote indigenous communities in the Northern Territory to help desex and treat parasites in local dogs.”
Mr Barilaro said small businesses must be encouraged to thrive.
“It's important we look after our small businesses; they are the friendly faces at the local café, the dry cleaner, the vet surgery and the bakery,” he said.
“They keep communities strong and support local schools and charities. They are brave, they work hard, and they invest their livelihoods in making sure these businesses work.
“The NSW economy is now humming but we cannot simply rely on the housing market and infrastructure growth to kick us along. We have to diversify, innovate and adapt. This is where small businesses can fill the void and significantly contribute to expanding our economy.
“I encourage small businesses to take advantage of the services that are on offer in NSW because together we can give the engine room of the NSW economy a real chance to shine.”