The new hospital, in Breadstone, near Berkeley, will include a MRI scanner and CT scanner – which horse owners currently have to travel to London to use.
The hospital is being built by Halsall Construction for client B&W Equine Group, which was formed through the merger of Bushy Farm Equine Clinic, based in Breadstone, Cardiff and Failand, and Willesley Equine Clinic, in Tetbury.
Ian Camm, who founded Bushy Equine Clinic in Breadstone over 20 years ago and is one of nine directors of B&W Equine Group, said the project was “extremely exciting”.
“It is just terrific to see it going up, this is what we have been working towards for 18 months,” he said.
Equipment will be extremely specialised with beds needing to take the weight of a 750 kilo (110 stone) horse and corridors made extra wide for animals to move around.
Vets from anywhere in England will be able to refer horses in their care for specialist treatment at the hospital, but most importantly it will mean that horse owners from the South West will not have to travel far to get the services they need; the next nearest MRI scanner s currently in Newbury.
Work on the site is expected to be complete by September this year.