TWO vets are opening a new practice in a former Whitehaven pub.

Sophie Murphy and Lyn Veitch have taken over the former Distressed Sailor pub, close to the A595 at Hensingham, and will be transforming into their new business.

The pair, who together boast more than two decades worth of experience, bought the pub recently and will soon be bringing their own brand of veterinary practice to the area.

As well as being on a mission to offer care and compassion to clients and their pets, they are also passionate about looking after and providing training to their staff and inspiring them to fulfil their career goals.

Sophie, from Gosforth, has spent her whole life caring for animals and, coming from a local farming family, decided very early on she wanted to become a vet.

After qualifying in 2008, she has worked in practices in Lancashire and Cumbria.

She said: “I have gained a wealth of experience whilst working and living outside of Cumbria.

"However, I have always been keen to return home and couldn’t be more excited to be embarking on this venture here in Hensingham in a lovely heritage building, formerly the Distressed Sailor pub.

“I’m firmly committed to delivering a friendly, professional service to the people of West Cumbria and their pets, with help from our motivated and supportive team.”

Brought up on a farm on the west coast of Scotland, Lynn has spent most of her veterinary career in Cumbria working in mixed veterinary practice. However, she spent time in practices all over the world, most recently New Zealand.

She said: “This spell of independence has shaped my outlook and driven a hunger to create a veterinary practice of my own and I have cemented the instinct that West Cumbria is where I want to spend my career.

“I believe I’m sensitive to the needs of both clients and colleagues, and with my experience, drive and ambition I’m excited to contribute to this partnership with Sophie.

"We know what works, and together, Sophie and I will create something truly special.”

Building work is well underway and the pair hope to open The Vet Whitehaven in early spring 2022.