Small Change, Great Future: Station House Vets Under New Ownership

by Claire Brash
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Station House Vets, near Welburn, is delighted to announce that the practice has been taken over by three existing vets: Clare Brash, Lucy Nowell, and Vicky Williams. This welcome takeover ensures that the growing practice continues to be independent, thus bucking the trend in veterinary practice for corporate ownership

The takeover comes as Edmund Collins, who started the practice single-handedly back in 1984, retires after a long, very successful career. Since Edmund established the practice, it has grown into a successful full-service clinic for horses and pets.

The three new owners have worked at Station House Vets for a combined total of more than 50 years. And they will continue to deliver the self-same personal, quality care that their clients, and their animals, have come to expect and deserve.

Clare commented: “We are very grateful that Edmund has given us this opportunity to continue his legacy. Our aim is to continue to invest and update our equipment and facilities to enable us to do more inhouse, along with a move to a sustainable, paper-free practice.”

Lucy added: “Over the years, and under Edmund’s lead, we have cared for generations of family pets (of almost every variety); we feel that we have become part of our clients lives, through good times and sad ones. It is a privilege that we are very excited to continue.”

Vicky said: “We are thrilled to be continuing as an independent practice, giving our clients greater choice and offering an individual caring and collaborative approach. Clients can rest assured they will continue to see the same vet each time, as they have in the past, and will continue to feel part of the Station House Vet family.”

While the practice will continue to be known as Station House Vets, it will be operated through a newly formed company, called Great and Small Limited (a nod to the Herriot’s “All Creatures Great and Small”, which inspired the three owners to take on their careers as vets!)

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A Message From Clare Brash

“I moved into Fitzjohn Close in Malton straight after graduating from vet school. I had few possessions: a spindly whippet called “Fly”, and a decanter (possibly the most useless 21st birthday present ever). Within the first fortnight, I knew that I would be here forever. “All Creatures Great and Small”, the Herriot book series, had not prepared me for life as a Yorkshire vet; this was better.

“Within a week, I had foaled a mare and delivered a litter of ten Labrador pups by Caesarean section. The whole litter found local homes and I have watched their lives and the lives of their pups—and the line continues to this day. The foal thrived, raced, and in time she retired. Only two years ago she succumbed to old age, and I was called to put her down. We were in the very same spot of the same field in which she was born—a real honour.

“From a two vet duo working out of our vans, we expanded over the years. Now the surgery is run from Welburn near Castle Howard, though confusingly called “Station House Vets”, since this was the name of our previous premises. Edmund Collins has retired and, rather than selling to a big corporate, he has generously elected to offer it to us as an independent practice.

“Vicky Williams, Lucy Nowell, and I have created a partnership—“Great and Small Limited”—through which we will continue to run Station House Vets. It is really exciting, and we are thrilled to be able to offer the same great service to both horses and pets with our own experienced team of five vets, support staff, and nurses 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

“Our precious independent status gives us the freedom of clinical and referral choices, and we answer only to you.

“A practice is nothing without our loyal client base and your amazing horses and pets. It is an honour to be part of your lives. Perhaps the decanter will finally find a use as I toast you all Good Health Great and Small!”

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