The iconic vet clinic at 122 White Swan Road in Lynfield has been vacant since December 2017 but is now to be re-opened by new owner, Jo Lin Chia.
The distinctive artwork on the outside of the clinic is one of the early works of well-known New Zealand artist Jeff Thomson, and was commissioned by Berend Westera, the original vet who owned the clinic for 30 years.
During negotiations for leasing the premises Jo Lin was asked if she wanted the artwork removed. “HELL NO!” was her incredulous reply, and she set about determining how to refurbish it. A Facebook connection informed Jo Lin about the artwork’s origins, and when Jo Lin contacted artist Jeff Thomson, he made the offer to come and refurbish it personally. Jeff is passionate that his artwork should remain part of the heritage of the Lynfield community. He will be working on restorations at the clinic during November.
With more than 8 years’ experience as a vet in some of Auckland’s busiest vet clinics, Jo Lin is passionate about animal welfare. She has managed a pet rescue service and works closely with many other pet rescue organisations. She is also involved in free de-sexing programs throughout the city.
Jo Lin believes in offering high quality vet services at a reasonable price and is excited to bring this service back to the Lynfield community. She plans to offer the clinic to be used by HURRAH (Humane Rescue, Rehabilitation and Rehoming Charitable Trust) regularly for low-cost de-sexing. This is run entirely by volunteers.
As the mother of an active 7-month-old baby boy, Chuck, Jo Lin will have her work cut out for her in managing both the clinic and motherhood. However, she has a room in the clinic set aside for Chuck as a playroom and has supportive family to help out.
All going to plan, the clinic should be opened on 29th October.