A SHROPSHIRE vet, who has helped nearly 100,000 poorly pets back to health, is set to retire after a career spanning four decades.
Nigel White, who recently celebrated his 60th birthday, retires from Quarry Veterinary Group in Shrewsbury, at the end of April.
Nigel first joined the practice in 1983, before becoming a partner in 1986, and helped to transform Quarry Vets from a small town centre surgery into a purpose-built practice on Old Potts Way, along with a branch surgery in Bayston Hill.
During that time, he estimates he has treated around 80,000 family pets from throughout Shropshire, and has seen substantial investment in modern equipment, including ultrasound machine, x-ray and operating facilities.
Earlier this year, Quarry Vets joined VetPartners, which owns some of the UK’s most respected and trusted veterinary practices.
While Nigel is looking forward to retirement, he is confident the practice he is leaving behind is in safe hands with new clinical directors, Lindsey Jones and Neil Williams.
Lindsey has been a vet at the practice for 14 years, while Neil joined the veterinary team six years ago.
Nigel said: “There have been some memorable cases. I remember having to sedate a wild bull from the back of a trailer in a scaffolding yard in town, as well as calving a cow upside down in a stream whilst the flower show fireworks were lighting up the sky.
“The calf survived and the cow scarpered only to reappear the next morning for milking!”
He added: “It is the end of an era for me, but the practice, its patients and clients are in good hands with an established team that will provide the same level of excellent service and care.
“Our new clinical directors, Lindsey and Neil, along with our other vets are highly experienced and put the care of pets, clients and colleagues as the top priority.”
Quarry Vets has six vets and nine veterinary nurses and four admin and reception staff.
Lindsey said: “We are moving into a new era with Nigel retiring, but clients won’t see any major changes to the service we provide because we have been part of his team.
“The six current vets have 129 years of experience between us and, when Nigel retires, the remaining five vets still have 92 years between us.”
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