Take a tour around the animal hospital

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PET lovers are invited to go behind the scenes at Sunderland’s animal hospital.

The PDSA PetAid hospital, in Hylton Castle, is throwing open its doors on Saturday, to raise funds for the animal charity.

TV agony aunty Denise Robertson, who has been supporter of the hospital since it opened in 2010, will officially open the event at noon.

Visitors can enjoy stalls, activities and also a tour of the hospital in Hepworth Road with vet staff, between noon and 3pm.

Staff and volunteers will also be on hand offering advice on pet health including vaccinations, diet and exercise, parasite prevention and neutering.

PDSA senior veterinary surgeon, Lianne O’Brien said: “Our open day is a brilliant way for people to learn more about pets and see the workings of a PDSA hospital.

“Everyone from budding vets, to clients and those interested in animals will have a great day out.”

She added: “With a range of entertainment on offer it’ll be well worth a visit.”

There will be the chance to win prizes in a tombola, a draw your pet competition, plus face painters and a magician will be there on the day. Refreshments will also be available.

PDSA first came to Sunderland in 1952, when the charity opened a dispensary in Chester Road.

It moved to its second home in King’s Road, Southwick, in 1989.

By 2009, demand for the charity’s service had risen.

The King’s Road facility could no longer cope with the number of pet patients.

In early 2010, work began on the brand new £1.6million PetAid hospital.

The city facility now treats about 140 pets every working day.