When we sit, late at night and the question is asked, “how did it all start”, we are hesitant to share our story. Why? Because looking back, it sounds all a little absurd. The following is mostly true. Except for the bit about cheese.
Vets 1 launched in May 2013 in a dining room, in the small village of Barton Bendish in West Norfolk. The decision to open the business was made exactly 21 days beforehand by Katharine and Simon Power and our kit list on day one consisted of a stethoscope, a half box of sharpies and a block of cheese.
Things are different now. In some ways. Our client base at launch was 100% LA. Since 2017 it has been 100% SA. Our kit list has expanded dramatically (2 stethoscopes, full box of sharpies).
We no longer work out of a dining room but instead, operate out of a beautiful 200 year old barn conversion (RVCS Tier 3 Hospital) and a beautiful converted old Bank (opened August 2020) in Kings Lynn.
Despite our sizeable work locations, each we find still has a soul. Weaved into the bricks and beams is a friendly, warm, family vibe that runs through the team and out into our community. Each location looks nothing like what you would expect but each houses what is required.
Our headcount at launch was 2. Today it is 62 and by default, we have become the largest independent practice in Norfolk. This makes us smile. Material things have changed but the most important things haven’t. Our commitment to protecting and nurturing a team of all job titles is paramount, and our ability to deliver on any development project within 21 days is legendary.
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Organisation aims & mission
At some point, in primary school we are all asked in a group session, “what do you want to be when you grow up?”
- Jimmy wanted to be a spaceman.
- Sarah wanted to drive a tractor.
- Sophie wanted to be a Veterinary Surgeon.
- John wanted to be a Veterinary Nurse.
Jimmy and Sarah ended up on a different path but Sophie and John achieved their goals and now work under our blanket. Our organisation’s mission is to simply ensure that the big person that the little person dreamt of being, comes to life.