Our History

We've come a long way since Dr Rob Jones opened the doors of our first surgery in 2011! This is our story of how we've grown to become the UK's largest, independent, family-owned veterinary group.

The Pet Vet Doncaster Opens


The Pet Vet Doncaster opens

Our very first surgery and the beginnings of The Pet Vet! Our Doncaster surgery was opened by Dr Rob Jones, who graduated in veterinary science from Bristol University in 1987. Rob established the business with a co-founding colleague. Today, the business sits under Rob's sole ownership and he remains steadfast in his resolve for us to remain a family-owned business.

The Pet Vet Doncaster extended


Bigger and better

We extended The Pet Vet Doncaster surgery to more than double the size due to increasing local demand!

The Pet Vet Rotherham Opens


The Pet Vet Rotherham opens

Our modern, purpose-built £1m+ premises opened to bring the very best veterinary care to the Rotherham community.

Barnsley Branch Opens


The Pet Vet Barnsley opens

And then there were three! A £1m surgery using the same design as our Doncaster & Rotherham practices to deliver veterinary excellence to the furry, feathered & scaled residents of Barnsley.

Mel Fuller appointed as Managing Director

April 2021

New senior hires

Dr Mel Fuller joined the team, appointed as Managing Director. Mel took on the remit of establishing a leadership team to develop and implement an ambitious programme of development, improvement and growth for The Pet Vet. Today, Mel is CEO.

CT scanner installed

September 2021

Investment in technology

Our state-of-the-art 128-slice CT scanner was installed at The Pet Vet Rotherham, enabling us to provide a high quality, efficient diagnostic imaging service and better healthcare to the pets in our region.

Lincoln Opening

October 2021

The Pet Vet Lincoln opens 

Fact: The Pet Vet Lincoln was the first independent veterinary practice in the UK to be located within a prime retail park! Our 5,500 sq ft surgery includes 7 consultation rooms, 3 operating theatres, a dental theatre and an imaging suite comprisising of x-ray, ultrasound and dental x-ray. Everything needed to give the very best care to the pets of Lincoln.

Extension completed at The Pet Vet Rotherham

May 2022

Extension completed at The Pet Vet Rotherham

Due to increasing local demands and to support the growth of the business, we expanded The Pet Vet Rotherham. Our surgery now features: 

  • 9 consultation rooms
  • 4 operating theatres
  • 1 dental theatre
  • An imaging suite & extended cat and dog wards
  • A new suite of offices on the upper floor to house the central support team, including a customer service centre to handle incoming calls and emails for the whole group.
Acquisition of The Vet

June 2022

Acquisition of The Vet

Officially making us the largest, independent veterinary practice with a national presence!