Yorkshire Times
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12:28 PM 26th May 2021

Major Milestone For Yorkshire Veterinary Group

Philippa Brown
Philippa Brown
A Yorkshire veterinary group has recruited its 300th team member following a period of growth.

White Cross Vets, which has been caring for pets for 84 years, first opened its doors in Yorkshire in 1937. It now plans to recruit a further 50 people across its 22 practices over the next 12 months.

People manager, Hannah Wilkinson, said: “White Cross Vets was originally started by one of the UK’s most pioneering female vets. Christine Woods launched her own practice in West Yorkshire after qualifying from Liverpool Veterinary School, and she was elected the first ever female president of the Yorkshire Veterinary Society. Christine and her subsequent business partners, Mary Dalby and Pam Braithwaite, would be very proud to know that of our 300 team members, 90% are women.

“Of the 50 jobs we are recruiting for, 10 of those are for graduate vets, and the others range from experienced vets and veterinary nurses to client care co-ordinators and veterinary care assistants. We have the availability to provide a graduate development programme of clinical and lecture based continuing professional development (CPD) events through our parent company, which is industry leading and a great opportunity for our graduate vets.”

Since joining IVC Evidensia, which is Europe’s largest veterinary care provider, in 2018, White Cross Vets has invested more than £300,000 in a new state of the art veterinary practice in Sale, Manchester. The practice offers a wide range of innovations including digital dental x-ray and ultrasound machines, an on-site laboratory and a technologically advanced surgical theatre.

Balby Veterinary Centre in Doncaster joined the group in 2020.

Philippa Brown
Philippa Brown
Philippa Brown is the 300th team member, joining as a veterinary nurse. She said: “It’s clear that White Cross Vets is committed to the development of its people and its local community, which was also refreshing. Its Charity Fund collects and distributes funds to needy and deserving pets and the group also provides free care to school pets and free health checks to rescued pets. You can also take five fully paid donation days off work each year to volunteer with meaningful causes, which is amazing.”