Lawrence Vets marks 20 years in business

Lawrence Vets in Eastwood opened its doors to the public to celebrate its 20th anniversary last weekend.

There was a dog Show, barbecue, stalls run by local animal charities and demonstrations of the practice’s latest equipment.

But the veterinary practice has been there much longer than 20 years, operating under a different company name.

Vets have worked at the site in Nottingham Road since 1895, making it one of the longest established practices in Nottinghamshire.

It was originally started by Mr Coburn, who used to work with pit ponies from the local coal mines.

Now, it is run by Bill Skinner, Richard Hind and Richard Sanders – all who have been there since before Lawrence Vets was established.

Mr Skinner, who has worked there 27 years, said: “Veterinary medicine has advanced beyond recognition over the last 20 years.

“We have so much more technology to help us with our diagnostics work. There’s not so much guess work.

“And, of course, as in human medicine, the range of drugs and therapies we can call on is much greater.”

Richard Hind, co-founder, who has been there 34 years, said: “Interestingly, the range of patients we see has also changed.

“Back when we started, our main caseload was dogs and cats. These days, we’re seeing many more rabbits, guinea pigs and other small animals.”

The vets said they had seen a ‘huge upsurge’ in the number of rabbits brought in.

“More people want them as pets nowadays and they are bit trickier to look after then people might think. It’s very important their diet is managed well, for example,” said Mr Skinner.

Many things have changed at Lawrence Veterinary Practice since opened 20 years ago, but one thing that seems to stay the same is the staff.

As well as the three directors, the practice manager has been there for 27 years, more than half the total workforce have been there ten years plus, and three vets have left and then come back again.

The close-knit team put it down to being treated well, and all getting along.

Vet Fran Gomez said: “It’s a very supportive team here and they are very accommodating,” he said.

“I wouldn’t be as happy anywhere else.”

And Veterinary nurse Louise Payton said: “It’s a great place to work and everyone gets on really well.”

Mr Hind said Lawrence Vets was ‘more than just a business’.

“We are a team and we really do care about the animals and care about what we are achieving.

“We all have the mentality that it’s more than just a business.”

The practice, named after the writer DH Lawrence, has recently undergone an extension and now has a grooming parlour.