Mrs James originally started the practice in Padbury, as a small mixed practice. Her primary interest was in farm-animals. However, with the help of various assistants the small animal side expanded. It reached a size to support 2 full-time and one part-time vet by 1995.
The development of the Winslow site, from the Windmill Public house was finished by 1995 and photographs taken at the time show the huge amount of work required to change the derelict building into a veterinary centre. The main bulk of the work was transferred to Winslow, leaving Padbury as a branch surgery. This was subsequently moved to Buckingham.
Mrs Jane Alexander bought the small-animal portion of the practice from Mr James in 1997, having managed the practice for the previous two years. The number of vets had risen to three full-time and one part-time, with a consequent rise in nursing and reception staff. The practice has continued to grow and now consists of five full-time vets, with four qualified veterinary nursing staff and nine members of the reception team.
The practice ownership became a partnership in November 2001, with Mrs Jacqui Naysmith having been with the practice since 1995 taking on this responsibility. Mr Jeremy Beck took on the farm practice, maintaining his office on the same site, giving continuity to the rural character of the practice.
The main surgery is at Winslow in a prominent position on the High Street, with parking behind the building. There are three consulting rooms, dispensary area, three operating theatres including a dental room, separate dog and cat inpatient facilities, cat only consulting and waiting room, internal imaging facilities, laboratory and a waiting area for clients attending the surgery. Consultations are available throughout the day Monday to Friday and on Saturday morning. All consultations are by appointment only. Out-of-Hours emergencies are dealt with by VetsNow in Milton Keynes.
The branch surgery in Buckingham is currently run as a consulting suite, with no facilities for in-patient care or laboratory work. Both veterinary consultations and nurse-led clinics are held here, throughout the week and on Saturday mornings.
The range of equipment in use within the practice has been extended to include ultrasonography as well as X-ray, Endoscopy and blood testing. Additionally, orthopaedic & ophthalmologic equipment have been significantly upgraded mirroring the partners’ specific interests.
We are an RCVS Tier 2 accredited training Practice, emphasising the importance that we put upon education, both in-house and through external CPD.
We were delighted to be awarded ‘ Investors In People’ status in 2002, which was successfully renewed in 2005, 2008 and 2011. Our medium- to long-term objectives are for the continued development of both personal aims (agreed at regular staff assessments) and practice facilities. The goal being to provide a stimulating and rewarding atmosphere in which to work and to ensure that the service and care given to clients and their companions continues to be the best that we can offer.