A veterinary practice on the Wirral in Merseyside is set for the next chapter in its history.

Birch Veterinary Centre partners Phil Shepherd and Archie Kendall with accountant Phil Bates.

Long-time partner Bruce Marsden has sold his shareholding in Birch Veterinary Centre to Archie Kendall, who has been a vet at the practice since 2003.

Mr Kendall will now be responsible for taking the practice forward with fellow partner Phil Shepherd.

The original practice dates back more than 100 years to 1904 and for many years was a mixed practice combining farm work with companion animals.

These days, the centre deals entirely with companion animals and during the course of a typical year will see more than 12,000 animals, including cats, dogs, rabbits and exotics.

The practice’s accountant Phil Bates, principal of Neston-based accountants Phillip Bates & Co, advised on the sale of Mr Marsden’s shares to Mr Kendall.

Mr Kendall said: “With Bruce approaching retirement, it made sense for me to purchase his shareholding. There were lots of issues to consider including the sale and purchase of Bruce’s shareholding and various property interests across the practice’s three surgeries in Oxton, Thingwall and Moreton.

“Phil helped to ensure the sale went through smoothly, quickly and cost-effectively.”

Mr Bates had recently worked closely with Mr Marsden and Mr Shepherd on the £160,000 redevelopment and refurbishment of the practice in Oxton. The investment in the redevelopment of the centre enabled the practice to create more consulting rooms in a part of the building that was not previously being used, as well as separated dog and cat hospitalisation and modern surgical facilities.

Mr Marsden said he was delighted Mr Kendall had taken over from him as a partner.

“The practice has come a long way in the past 20 years and I look forward to watching it continue to flourish as it begins the next chapter in its history,” he said.

“Phil Bates and his team have played an invaluable part in the growth of the practice over many years, always giving sound advice on what is best for the business.”

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