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Our History

The Mobile Vet Service launched in May 2013 carrying the vision of providing Island residents with a professional, affordable and personalised service to the doorstep.​

​The concept of a mobile vet that provides all the services a traditional vet does was brand new to the UK. The fully equipped Mobile Unit maintained the provision of high standard diagnostic and treatment facilities whilst convenience served at its core. This contrasted other veterinary services which provide basic in-house services!

As a practice we aim to ensure that the specific needs of you and your pets are fulfilled. We understand the precious bond that we have with our pets and aim to preserve an attentive, caring service.

  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
  • 2020

2013

24th May 2013 – First day out on the road

20th June 2013 – Wight Island live radio interview

20th June 2013 – Invested in a bigger diary! Busy!

20th July 2013 – Brighstone show

3rd August 2013 – Chale show

2nd November 2013 – Won the best business to consumer business 2013 (South East region)

14th November 2013 – Visited Nine Acres Primary School & talked to the children as part of their community week

2nd December 2013 – Won a national award; Start up business to consumer business 2013. We visited the Houses of Parliament for the award ceremony.

2014

23rd January 2014 – Featured in the Daily Express

1st February 2014 – First response unit launched

27th February 2014 – Everline future 50 awards ceremony hosted by comedian Seann Walsh

24th May 2014 – Mobile Vet staff grows. One year in and an extra Vet & Veterinary Nurse required!

30th June 2014 – Newest member of The Mobile Vet family arrives – baby Seren Matilda Forster

23rd November 2014 – We won the Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneur of the year Award

2015

January 2015 – Opened a new central base & Jackie our lovely receptionist starts

May 2015 – Another Vet (John) & Veterinary Nurse (Cath) join our team

4th December 2015 – We are announced winners of the Micro business of the year awards with Lloyds bank.

Members of staff to join our team - Catherine Chalkley (Registered Veterinary Nurse), John Knight (Veterinary Surgeon), Jackie Graham (Receptionist)

2016

21st April 2016 – Announcement of the Queens Award winners on the Queens 90th birthday!

May 2016 – Ben our hero boxer dog leaves us for rainbow bridge☹

June 2016 – Another Vet (Bettina) joins our team

7th July 2016 – Team is continuing to grow & Veterinary nurse Dani joins the team

14th July 2016 – We arrive at Buckingham Palace for our Queens award ceremony & meet the Queen!!

30th August 2016 – KC cat leaves us for rainbow bridge 

October 2016 – Official awards ceremony presentation for our Queens award with the high Sheriff, we are presented with a certificate signed by the priminister & a crystal bowl

25th October 2016 – We start to offer ground breaking keyhole surgery (The first Vets on the Island and the first of very few to offer this service in the UK)

Members of staff to join our team - Bettina El-Alami (Veterinary Surgeon), Pip Brown (Receptionist), Danielle Shepherd (Registered Veterinary Nurse)

2017

22nd April 2017 – Our Vet Dan is on TV! He performs a laparoscopic keyhole spay on a tiger with world renowned laparoscopic surgeon Romain Pizzi.

21st June 2017 – We visit Binstead Stepping Stones Primary School to talk to the children about looking after animals.

25th September 2017 – Our Vet John judges a local community dog show.

27th October 2017 – We have more new wheels – meet Barbie! We now have the capacity to have four Vets out on the road covering the entire Island

2018

18th February 2018 – We win best UK Mobile Vet & 6th best Vet in the country (amazing achievement for such a small business)

23rd February 2018 – The Mobile Vet features in a book! Local author Debbie Webb publishes ‘What’s the matter Stevie’

May 2018 – A BBC Film crew arrives & we star in Cbeebies Ferne & Rory’s Vet Tales, to be aired later on in the year

March 2018 – We win the UK best Mobile Vets for the second consecutive year running

20th June 2018 – Our vet Dan passes his endoscopy exams, making him a specialist in this field

September 2018 – Paul joins the team as our practice manager. He is helping with a lot of the duties that Dan has been doing, Dan gets to do more of what he loves again – being a Vet

September 2018 – We become a Veterinary Nurse training practice

5th November 2018 – We introduce another ground breaking service - the K laser

November / December 2018 - We feature on TV! We star in several episodes of Cbeebies Ferne & Rory’s Vet Tales

10th February 2018 – Our Vet Dans video update

Staff joining the team – Gillian Kelly (Veterinary Surgeon), Lin Burbidge and Rosanne Allen (Receptionists), Diane Eason (Registered Veterinary Nurse) Lauren Wheeler (training Veterinary Nurse) and Paul Rolfe (Practice Manager)

2019

20th March 2019 – We win the Best UK Mobile Vet for the third consecutive year running

14th May 2019 – Our Vet Dan spends some time with the Brighstone Rainbows, talking to them about caring for animals

26th July 2019 – A team of us take part in a Charity inflatable rainbow run & we raise over £350 for Wessex Cancer Trust

16th August 2019 – We introduce online booking of appointments for our clients. An online food & medication ordering service is also now available

28th September 2019 – To meet the demand & convenience for our clients - we are now open on Saturdays

Staff joining our team in 2019 - Denis Pervusin, Emily Knight, Maliha Chowdhury (Veterinary Surgeons), Claire Shorkey (Registered Vet Nurse) and Cheryl Hickey (Receptionist)

2020

February - Start working with Terracycle to recycle pet food packaging helping to do our bit for the environment

March - Winners of The Best Mobile Vet award

March - COVID-19 strikes! We work to maintain an excellent service within Goverment Guidelines to provide your pets with the care that they need

July - Maliha Chowdhury a.k.a Mal (Veterinary Surgeon) appointed our new Surgical Director

July - Launch of our all new website!

The Founders

Having grown up on the Island, Dan attended Ryde High School. Then studied veterinary medicine at Bristol University and graduated in 2005. After graduation, he joined a mixed veterinary practice in Wiltshire, where he worked for a few years before returning to the Island with his wife, Kirsty, who just happened to be a veterinary nurse!​

"We both knew that we wanted to do things a bit differently here – with a smile, a gentle hand and the space and time to do things right"

After working in a few practices on the Island, Dan & Kirsty continued to feel that there was something missing. They yearned for a work-life balance that meant they could spend more time with their young family but still provide a caring professional service to local pets.