Arthur Goddard established the Goddard Veterinary Group in 1952. Under the leadership of his eldest son Philip for the last 30 years, the group has expanded to become the largest family-owned veterinary group in the UK. The group has 44 branches and 3 hospitals in the south-east and Greater London, employing more than 100 vets in more than 450 members of staff.
VetPartners, founded in 2015 and based in York, has a network of 160 veterinary practices and nearly 600 sites nationwide, employing more than 6,000 staff overall. The business has diversified to include pet cremation, veterinary and equine nursing schools, laboratories and a dairy research centre, and expanded into mainland Europe in 2019, establishing practices in France and Italy.
James Allen (Picture) and David Hollier (Corporate) led the Birketts team, with support from Gemma Goddard (Commercial Property) and Josie Beal (Employment).
Law Firms: Birketts LLP;
Clients: Goddard Veterinary Group;