Byre Vets team
The Byre Vets team. L-R: Trudi Smith (reception), Beth Chapman (student VN), Wendy Neal (reception), Caroline Hudson (clinical director), Sarah Mainwaring (VN), Michelle Palmer (head VN) and Rosie Sizer (reception/admin).

A rapidly expanding independent veterinary group in the east of England has acquired its fifth practice.

Byre Vets in Werrington, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire is the latest to be added to a network of practices located in the nearby towns of Oundle, Thrapston, Corby and Stamford established since 2003.

A sixth practice acquisition within the regional network footprint is also being pursued.

Extensive facilities

The 5,500 sq ft facilities boast:

  • extensive theatre space
  • an on-site laboratory
  • kennels
  • a cattery

The practice employs a team of three vets in a first opinion or GP clinic for companion animals – such as dogs, cats and rabbits – along with five VNs and two trainees, but expansion plans exist for the purpose-built premises.

Clinical director Caroline Hudson said: “As well as building on the first opinion clinic, we are planning to get a specialist out-of-hours emergency service provider in place very soon.

“This will allow our own clients, but also any of the other local practices who want to use the service for their own clients, access to experts in the field of emergency and critical care.”

Expanding referrals

The other project already underway at Byre is to expand its on-site veterinary referral service, which already offers an orthopaedic referral service alongside a veterinary dentist and a behavioural specialist.

The practice will soon be adding dermatology and physiotherapy, and is looking to add other disciplines including cardiology and ophthalmology in the coming months.

Nick Park and Natalie Sampson – owners of the Sampson Park practices at Oundle, Thrapston Corby and Peterborough – said: “We think the independent practice model is still very relevant, with owner/shareholders on the ground in charge of the individual business units, so we think we’ve got a decent model here.

“The competition is fierce, but we think we can make a good job of it.”

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