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"It worked for me"

Whether you're looking to retire, wanting to strengthen your practice or keen to hand over the business side of things so you can focus on being a vet, IVC is the perfect choice.

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"The right home for our practice, and my father’s practice before me."

Roger Wickenden, BVet Med MRCVS, Barton Lodge Vets


"Retire? I’m having far too much fun!"

John Ambler BVM&S MRCVS Clinical Director, Oakfield Veterinary


"I’m proud to be on IVC’s Farm Advisory Board."

John Blackwell BVCs MRCVS, Brownlow Vets, Clinical Director


“Having a Group Commercial Director dealing with the manufacturers works extremely well for us."

Laura Harman BVSc (hons) MRCVS, Clinical Director, Sanders Vets, Cwmbran


“Since we joined Independent Vetcare, life has become much easier."

Dave Tweedle BVetMed MRCVS, Clinical Director, Nature’s Vet, Bath



You'll find the answers to our most commonly asked questions below. But if you can't find the answer you're looking for, get in touch.

  • What does the process look like?

    One of our Acquisitions Team will get in touch with you for a confidential discussion. You’re in good hands; fellow vets Stuart Caton MRCVS and Keith Chandler MRCVS know this is a sensitive time for you and your business and treat the whole process with the utmost confidentiality and respect. If you agree to sell, the team will work with you through the due diligence and completion process.

  • How long does it take?

    Every practice sale is different. In many ways it depends on how prepared for the sale you are. The shortest sale process we have is 10 weeks.

  • Can my practice keep the same name?

    Yes it can. You are right to be proud of your name and heritage and we respect and embrace the ethos of what your practice represents in the local community.

  • Will you help me hire new staff?

    Yes. That’s our job! We have a Head of HR and two Recruitment Managers. Their job is to keep your practice running with a full complement of happy staff.

  • Can I stay on at the practice?

    Most definitely. Whilst it is true that some vets sell to us with a view to immediate retirement, 95% stay on in the practice and fall back in love with the job again. When you are not worrying about payroll, marketing or tax returns, the job is a lot of fun!

  • Would you consider my practice?

    We’ll consider any practice in the UK because there are various permutations which can make the process work for all involved. The first thing you need to do is get in touch so we can get the ball rolling.

  • How will you look after my staff?

    In the way you would expect from the UK’s fastest growing veterinary group, with a stated aim of being the number 1 employer of choice in the Industry. The extensive training, career development and benefits package make for an exciting opportunity for your staff. After joining, most people agree that their career has improved as a result of joining IVC.

Exceptional support services

Every practice in the IVC family gets access to the same exceptional support services. These include:

  • Business, finance and clinical support

  • Procurement and group purchasing

  • Marketing, HR, training and recruitment

  • Access to our Pet Health Club

  • Continuing professional development and clinical standards

  • Property maintenance, investment and management

Learn more about IVC

We believe in exceptional veterinary care delivered through locally managed veterinary practices which are led by their clinical teams.

Stuart Caton

We'd love to hear from you

Not quite ready to get a valuation? If you just want a chat. or have some burning questions, do get in touch with Stuart, our Commercial Director.

Contact IVC