The Linnaeus Group has acquired Village Vet, an established first opinion group with more than 20 practices in London, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire – including a dedicated referral centre.
Solihull-based Linnaeus now has 57 sites in its group, including Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service, Calder Vets and North Downs Referrals.
Village Vet director Brendan Robinson said: “When looking for investment, there were a number of options open to us. However, we wanted to ensure we partnered with a group that had the same ethos and ethics as ourselves, who are dedicated to providing an excellent all-round service.
“Having chosen Linnaeus, we look forward to the partnership providing great opportunities for collaborating in CPD, sharing best practice, forming relationships with specialists and other teams within the group, as well as being part of a bigger family.”
Committed to success
Lynne Hill, chief executive of the Linnaeus Group, said: “Both Village Vet and its referral centre, London Vet Specialists, will be very welcome additions to the Linnaeus team and complement our existing practices, especially those located in the south-east.
“All three existing Village Vet directors will be continuing with the practice and remain committed to its success, working alongside the Linnaeus Group.”
Four of the Village Vet practices are graded the highest emergency hospital standard under the RCVS Practice Standards Scheme and its London Vet Specialists referral centre provides complete consultant-led referral services specialising in surgery, internal medicine, laparoscopy, diagnostic imaging and emergency and critical care.