Lynn vets’ practice celebrates its 30th anniversary milestone

David and Carole Clarke and some of their team celebrate 30 years in business for Mill House Veterinary Surgery.
David and Carole Clarke and some of their team celebrate 30 years in business for Mill House Veterinary Surgery.
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Having just reached its 30-year milestone, a Lynn veterinary practice founded by two vets and which now employs more than 30 staff, is looking ahead to more growth in the future.

Mill House Veterinary Surgery and Hospital, based in Tennyson Avenue since 1990, was first established in January 1984 in the town’s King Street by newlyweds David and Carole Clarke, who were both passionate about setting up their small animal vet practice.

They brought their three cats with them and the ambition to create a caring and modern practice offering a 24-hour service and personal support for owners and their pets.

Thirty years on, they have built up around them a team of 32, including seven other vets and 16 qualified vet nurses, they have a string of accolades and awards under their belts and the ambition to further expand their services.

“Our passion for veterinary medicine continues and we have gathered around us an outstanding team so that we can continue to offer the best possible care,” said Mr and Mrs Clarke.

“Most of the nurses at the practice have completed their training here and many of our team have been here more than ten years – and eight have been here over 20.”

During the late 1980s Mr and Mrs Clarke were involved with treating seals during the distemper epidemic, working in the seal assessment unit set up by the RSPCA and Greenpeace in Docking. This eventually led to the establishment of the RSPCA Wildlife Unit at East Winch.

Although they mostly treated dogs and cats, other pets which have received treatment include birds, reptiles, an emu – and even a lion cub.

The practice received TV coverage when it was involved in the Vets in Practice documentary when David carried out major surgery on a cat – which went on to live to the age of 19.

It became the first in West Norfolk to be awarded the RCVS Accredited Practice Small Animal Hospital and the Investors in People Gold standards. In 1999 it was also the winner of the service enterprise of the year award in the prestigious Mayor’s Awards for Business Achievement. In both 2007 and 2010 it won the Petplan Practice of Year award.

The practice works with local schools and youth groups to give advice on pet care and also has its own work inspiration programme for youngsters, and older people, to find out more about being a vet or a vet nurse.

Mr and Mrs Clarke have three sons, one of whom is carrying on the family tradition by training to be a veterinary surgeon at the Royal Veterinary College in London.

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