Molesey Vets’ 50th Anniversary – 50 Years of Growth and Achievements

May 26, 2023

If you read our second post last week talking about the history of Molesey Vets you’ll know that we’re running a blog series to mark this momentous occasion.

So, here is Part 3, all about the Molesey Vets 50 years of Growth and Achievement…

Back in 1980, when thrill-seekers flocked to the new amusement park Alton Towers, and Bjorn Borg was busy winning his fifth and final Wimbledon title, Molesey Veterinary Centre was quite a small Practice with just one vet, one nurse and a part-time receptionist.

How times have changed! Today Molesey Vets employs 10 vets, 12 nurses, 5 receptionist and a general manager. In real terms the business has grown by more than 1600% since 1980.

This significant growth has also seen a change in the veterinary supplies we need. Back in the ‘old days’ supplies used to be delivered in a cardboard box once a week. We now receive on average two trolley-loads of four crates, per day.

Despite the growth of the business, our attention to the individual care of pets has never changed; and over the years we’ve certainly treated some weird and wonderful ones! This includes the oldest pet to grace our premises – a tortoise, believed to be 110 years old.

Amongst the most unusual pets was a Siamese Fighting Fish, which vet Darren Partridge anaesthetised and successfully removed a 3g tumour from its tail fin.

Then there was the leg we had to amputate from an anaesthetised Axolotl. He was yet another happy customer – because their legs grow back.

It’s certainly been an interesting 50 years, which has seen the Molesey Veterinary Centre evolve into the Practice which so many of you know and love today.

We hope you’re enjoying, and learning a lot, from our 50th Anniversary blog series – in case you missed our first three articles:

  1. Announcement – Celebrating 50 Years of Caring for Your Pets
  2. 50th Anniversary: The History of Molesey Vets
  3. 50 Years of Growth and Achievements

NEXT WEEK: Everything you did and didn’t know about vet Darren Partridge.

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