Julie Todd joined the practice.
Further partnership changes occurred in 2000, when Martin Grundy who had been a very popular vet with both small and farm clients alike, decided to retire and join the Veterinary Defence Society. Karen Davis joined the partnership in 2000 on the small animal side.
Francis Boyer joined the practice.
Paul Sands joined the partnership on the small animal side.
Subsequently in 2002 the small animal and equine business of Springwood Vets was bought by the Scarsdale Group. The main Stapenhill practice was much larger than all the other practices and so was run as a stand alone site but the business also added another 2 smaller practices to its portfolio.
The Partnership had to deal with the sad loss of David Bell to cancer in September 2003. David was an excellent vet specialising in orthopaedics. He was much loved by both clients and colleagues and will be missed greatly for his advice in all matters veterinary and his wonderful sense of humour.
Rose Jackson and Jacqui Paton joined the practice.
James Hollingworth joined the Partnership in 2004 as a farm animal partner. This coincided with Pool House Veterinary clinic deciding to stop farm work in the Lichfield area and pass on their farm clientele to Scarsdale Vets. The new farm clients led to a large expansion in the farm practice area and the farm team, which had originally been based almost exclusively north of Derby, now foundthey were spending more time in the south.
There are further pressures on the veterinary profession today from corporate practices, internet pharmacies, farm buying groups and the competition commission. The Scarsdale Veterinary Group, in response to these pressures, joined initially with 6 other predominantly farm animal practices to form a new company XLVets. XLVets has now expanded in to a group of 50 practices with both small animal and equine units as well as the original farm grouping. It’s strapline is ‘excellence in practice’, and it exists to share knowledge, expertise and combining buying potential ensure better terms for its independent members.
In 2005, the RCVS brought in the Veterinary Practice Standards Scheme. The Scarsdale Veterinary Group has achieved the top status of Tier 3 for the companion animal side and Tier 2 for farm and equine. This replaced the existing hospital accreditation.
In 2006, Wendy Furness, Equine Veterinary Assistant and Francis Boyer, Small Animal Assistant joined the Partnership team as Associate Partners.
The new University of Nottingham Veterinary School opens on the Sutton Bonnington campus. This is the first new Veterinary School in the UK for 50 years and its teaching will be very different from the traditional schools with final year students using associate partners to gain a wide variety of experience and one to one teaching. Having been involved since the inception of the School, Scarsdale Vets becomes the major associate, providing farm equine, companion animal first opinion and specialist student teaching.
In 2007, Sarah Smith took the difficult decision to leave the partnership and further her career in cardiology.
Frances Bird and Paul Revell joined the practice
The history of the Scarsdale Veterinary Group shows how from the small start made by John Rorrison over 75 years ago, the Practice has grown to one with 80+ vets, several of whom have post graduate qualifications in a variety of disciplines. We have 10 different sites with 3 further sites in the pipeline to open in the next 12 months and provide wide ranging veterinary care to dogs, cats, children’s pets, farm animals and horses.
Wendy Furness and Francis Boyer became partners in the business.
The site at Markeaton was significantly expanded. There was an increasing amount of lameness investigations work now at the practice and the expansion included:
The addition of 10 new stables including JMB box
- Trot up area
- Hard lunge area and lorry park
- Additional offices and consultation room
- Dedicated dispensary
- Expanded reception and addition of a shop area