Village Vet joins forces with The Linnaeus Group

Linnaeus Group, a specialist veterinary group for small animals, has joined forces with Village Vet. This makes the combined group the fourth largest operator in the UK.

The Linnaeus Group was established following Sovereign Capital’s 2014 platform investment in Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service, one of the largest and most highly regarded small animal specialist veterinary centres in the UK. Since then the Group has made 11 acquisitions including North Downs Specialist Referrals, Avonvale, Calder Vets and VRCC Specialist Referrals, diversified its offering and expanded its geographic reach across England.

The investment in Village Vet takes the combined group to 57 sites which include 5 state-of-the-art specialist referral centres; a team of 950 including 250 highly experienced veterinary surgeons, and an enhanced breadth of specialist services which include: orthopaedics, ophthalmology, neurology, soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, oncology, dermatology and cardiology.

Brendan Robinson, CEO & Founder of Village Vet together with his fellow directors will continue to run and support the development of the business. Brendan will also join the Linnaeus Group board.

Lynne Hill, Chief Executive, Linnaeus Group, said: “Village Vet and its referral centre, London Vet Specialists complement our existing practices; this is a tremendous development for the Group. With Sovereign’s continued investment and support, we look forward to further consolidating our position in the UK market.”

Brendan Robinson, CEO & Founder, Village Vet, said: “When looking for investment, there were a number of options open to us, however, we wanted to ensure we partnered with a group which had the same ethos and ethics as ourselves, who are dedicated to providing an excellent all-round service. We found that opportunity with Sovereign and Linnaeus.”