The UK’s largest joint venture veterinary group has celebrated the opening of its 300th vet practice inside the Pets At Home store in Eastleigh, Hampshire.

This marks the latest milestone for the rapidly growing vet business, which has opened 58 surgeries this calendar year and is now the largest operator of small animal vet practices in the UK.

Pets At Home’s vet practices trade under the Vets4Pets and Companion Care brands, and are operated on a joint venture basis in partnership with the 358 vets who operate the practices.

Vets4Pets Eastleigh is owned and managed by Mark Collins – joint venture partner and vet – and is situated inside the newly refurbished Pets At Home store. The brand new practice sits on a purpose built mezzanine with a lift, alongside a Groom Room grooming salon.

Like all new practices, it is fully equipped with digital x-ray facilities, an in-house laboratory, full operating theatre and isolation units.

The practice was officially opened by deputy mayor and Mayoress of Eastleigh, Tony and Janice Noyce on September 19.

Mark explains: “I am incredibly proud and excited to be opening my own veterinary practice in my hometown. I have been lucky to find an excellent team that I am confident will provide the very highest level of care to the animals of Eastleigh.

“The support I have received is fantastic – it is like having my own team of accountants, architects, business advisors, buyers, HR and an excellent marketing team. That means I can provide a better service to my clients and concentrate on being a good vet.”

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