Matthew Neville

South Yorkshire vet becomes UK’s largest independent practice via latest acquisition

South Yorkshire based The Pet Vet, which has surgeries in Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster, is celebrating its acquisition of The Vet, registered as Quality Pet Care Ltd.

The purchase of all eight The Vet-branded surgeries makes The Pet Vet not only one of the largest independent family-owned practices by number of sites (12) in the UK, but critically the “first to have a national presence”.

The newly acquired surgeries are in Warrington, Portsmouth, Southampton, Bristol, Nottingham, Liverpool and Morden and Waltham Forest in London. The Pet Vet already operates three large, purpose-built surgeries in South Yorkshire and in 2021 opened a 5,500 sq ft surgery on a prime retail park in Lincoln.

Founded in Doncaster in 2011, The Pet Vet is under the sole ownership of Dr Rob Jones, who graduated in veterinary science from Bristol University in 1987. He practised in companion animal care in London and Australia before opening the first The Pet Vet surgery.

With almost 100 employees, including 24 full time vets, the practice is known for its investment in all of its people, in technology and in in-house diagnostics. The business has an annual turnover of over £6m.

Earlier this year, The Pet Vet secured £3.1m from alternative lender ThinCats to fund an ambitious growth plan. A rapid extra cash injection then allowed the family-owned independent to snap up The Vet when it came up for sale in April 2022.

Dr Mel Fuller, MD, The Pet Vet, said: “The Pet Vet is absolutely delighted to welcome The Vet into our family. Our commitment to continual reinvestment of profits in the development of our teams, our services and in new technology, makes our surgeries fulfilling places to work, that offer the highest quality veterinary services to our customers.

“In South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire we have developed centres of excellence for orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery, imaging and dentistry, removing the need for external referral and enabling us to offer our services to other practices within our regions.

“The acquisition of The Vet gives us scope to further expand our expertise and services, offer even greater career progression for our vets, enhance our buying power and increase our influence on the overall quality of first opinion veterinary care in the UK.”

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