History of the
Park Vet Farm Practice
The beginning of the practice
.The farm practice dates from the early 19th Century where calls were done using a pony and trap! Mr Thornton ran the practice from his home and at that time most of the farms were within 5 miles his house in Oadby. The practice expanded by Mr Thorntons son joining the practice which then moved to new premises near the site of the Royal Infirmary (Carlton Street, Leicester)
The Inter War Years
The farm practice expanded in the inter War years with Harry Hayes setting up a base in Hinkley. After the war the practice was known as Benbow, Carr, Hayes and Johnson and had 3 surgeries in Leicester and Hinkley.
In 1965 the practice moved to new premises at 519 Saffron Lane. In 1975 the practice split up when Harry Hayes retired. David Beynon was now the main farm vet operating from Saffron Lane and he was joined by Iain Piggot in 1972 and by Stuart King in 1979. Beynon and Piggot was a 2 vet practice in the early stages.
Continuing to grow..
The Glenfield Surgery was opened in 1981 and the practice expanded to a 6 vet practice by 1989 when Peter Orpin joined the partnership. A third surgery was opened in 1995 at Whetstone which is now the current base for the farm practice. 2 further surgeries were opened in Braunstone (1999) and Scraptoft (2005).
A very successful practice!
The farm practice now employs 8 farm vets with a further 3 vets strengthening the emergency cover. A total of 105 staff are employed within the whole practice.