LucaVet was officially opened last Thursday by the town’s deputy mayor Stephen Bunney.
Coun Bunney, who also chairs the Rasen Community Partnership Group, welcomed the investment in the town from owner Dr Liviu Luca and wished him every success.
He said: “This is one of three new businesses opening in the area.
“It is a positive time for Rasen’s high street and the area as a whole as the pandemic restrictions begin to lift and our economy starts to open up again.
“We wish Luca Vet the best of luck, along with Wright’s Ice Cream Parlour at North Willingham, which also opened last week, and the new King Street fish bar - Mcauleys - will also soon be opening - all good news.”
LucaVet will be headed up by Dr Luca, alongside head veterinary nurse Leigh Quinn and receptionist Lindsay Carratt, who were both on hand to help cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony.
Having spent several years as lead vet and a mentor at two practices, Dr Luca says he is excited to be branching out and starting his own small animal practice.
He said: “We have been pleased with the response, with more than 100 clients registered before our opening day.
“The first week has been almost fully booked too.”
The first client through the door on the opening day was Cooper, whose owner Paul Robinson said he was pleased to have the new vets in town.
Dr Luca has invested heavily in the business, including a state of the art faecal diagnostic equipment, which takes one thousand images in just three seconds, meaning a quicker diagnosis, so more effective treatment.
He is also keen to work with other animal businesses, such as Squirrel Lodge Dog Hydrotherapy Centre at Binbrook, to give the best all round service possible.
Dr Luca added: “It is not just about my business, I am trying to work with everyone in the community and help everyone to grow.”
As well as helping the local economy, the arrival of LucaVet also means one of the town’s empty properties is now being used.
For the past 10 years, the building, on the corner of the town’s market place, has been owned by the Lindum Group and chairman David Chambers was on site for the official opening.
He said: “This is an important building in Market Rasen and we are pleased to see it being used for this business.
“This chap is good at his job and was keen to take on the premises.
“We were initially concerned there was no outdoor space for the business, but parking is ideal.
“We liked him - he is trustworthy and very professional in his outlook.
“He also spoke very good sense in setting up his business.”
Mr Chambers added: “Lindum Group buys a lot of properties where there is work to do and we did this one up recently on the basis of Dr Luca taking it on.
“The building looks good and he has a good will to succeed too.”