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VETS WITH A HISTORY LOOK TO THE FUTURE


Based in the pleasant Cheshire town of Nantwich, the ultra modern Veterinary Group that carries the town’s name is continually striving to offer local farmers the most modern and effective healthcare and disease prevention strategies, as Simon Gee found out


hilst not the oldest practice in the UK, Nantwich Veterinary Group (NVG) can trace its history back beyond 1877. This was the year in which retired partner Brian Wilson’s grandfather took over the veterinary work based a few miles from Nantwich, situated in the heart of Cheshire’s dairy heartland. He was succeeded in the practice by his son Tom, who in turn passed the baton on to his nephew Brian, who remains involved in the business today. Over time, the practice has seen many signifi cant changes. Mr Wilson remembers there being just two full time vets in 1948, himself and Jimmy McWilliam, plus his uncle Tom, who was semi-retired. Rural practice in those days meant training opportunities were few and far between and Mr Wilson admits that he learned about pregnancy diagnosis through a correspondence course.


W The dairy breed of choice up to the Second World


War had been the dairy Shorthorn, but this changed to the British Friesian in the years after 1945 and Jimmy, who came from a Shorthorn background and was always known as ‘Mr Mac’, soon became an enthusiastic fan of the British Friesian breed and acted as the veterinary consultant to the local Club and at


48 THE JOURNAL AUGUST 2010 sales in the area throughout his career.


NVG grew to become the largest single practice specialising in dairy cattle in the UK, although it covers other farm species and also has specialist equine and small animal teams. There are currently 12 farm vets involved, and best known to Journal readers are Neil Howie, a second generation Nuffi eld Scholar who has contributed articles for many years, and Rob George, another willing contributor and still involved with his family’s Brynhyfryd herd in West Wales. Also heavily involved with the local Club following Mr Mac’s retirement was Tim Briggs, who with Neil and Rob continues to offer local breeders the benefi t of his experience with pedigree dairy cattle. Talking with Mr Wilson, Neil and Rob, it’s obvious they accept that the relationship between vets and clients has changed considerably in the last few decades. Farmers have become better educated and are more likely to seek specialist skills, meaning that they can no longer be regarded as loyal clients unless they receive the level of service and expertise they demand. This has been forced upon farmers by increased herd size and/or less labour, meaning that quality decision- making time has been eroded. NVG sees it as their role to take up some of this slack and offer their clients their expertise instead. Neil points out that too often advice is given to continually cut costs, when the real solution is to reduce waste instead.


It quickly becomes apparent that NVG has always been progressive in their approach. This manifests itself in the treatment of disease; they


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