We are a nation of animal lovers. Never has this been so apparent than during, or since, the coronavirus pandemic. In 2022 UK pet ownership had reached 62%, equating to 17 million UK households having a pet. The last few years have brought home to many of us what truly matters and relationships, including the furry variety, have played a significant role in getting us through what has been for many, a challenging time. The love we receive and give to our furry, and sometimes not so furry, friends has helped so many with loneliness, depression, and isolation.
Our Glastonbury branch was established in 1939 by Charles Grunsell and Dennis Nicholson being one of a number of Orchard Vet branches in Somerset at that time. In those days, operations were performed from a house on a kitchen table; so much has changed since the early days. Orchard Vets has seen our service through so many changes and challenges over the last eighty years, however, these last few years have allowed us to re-evaluate our priorities.
Until recently, many of you will be aware that Orchard Vets was a mixed practice, dealing with not only pets but also farm animals. However, to allow us to concentrate on giving our clients and their pets the best possible service, in July 2023 we released the farm side of the business so that we could focus on the pet side and became a solely small animal practice. We continue to be independent and can now concentrate on maintaining high practice standards, including focus on some of our certifications including feline friendly and rabbit friendly status, and providing our own out of hours emergency service.
It is with great excitement that we announce the next stage of our journey with our community. We would like to welcome new clients but equally look forward to seeing more of our existing clients, whilst reassuring them that we have made these changes as we have their pets’ best interests at heart. We want you to know that, as pet owners ourselves, we want you to feel that you are in the safest of hands, with the knowledge that the level of care and attention we give your pets is the same level of care that we would expect our own pets to receive.
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