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Our History

From way back in the 1930s

1930s:

The practice was started by Mr Donaldson and was based in West Kilbride. The majority of work at this time was agricultural.

1940s:

Mr Ted Holmes took the practice over during the latter part of the decade.

1968:

Mr Gilbert Kennedy bought the practice and premises were opened in Saltcoats.

1972:

Premises were custom-built in Saltcoats to cope with the increasing demand for care of domestic animals.

1990:

Mrs Melissa Donald came to join the practice.

1993:

The Largs branch was modernised.

1998:

Mr Kennedy retired.

2001:

The Saltcoats premises were completely renovated.

2002:

The practice stopped treating farm animals and horses to solely concentrate on the care of companion animals.

2003:

The practice expanded to open branch surgeries in Dundonald and Lochwinnoch.

2006:

Largs was relocated to our current site at Lade Street.

2014:

The Oaks Vet Centre became part of Independent Vetcare.

2015:

Melissa Donald retired from the practice.

2016:

Our Saltcoats branch underwent a complete modernisation, refurbishment and an extension to the existing building.

2019:

Our Largs surgery was renovated to include the addition of a new consultation room to be able to offer even more appointments.