The Bakewell Veterinary Clinic has stood for generations at the heart of the local community. The practice developed alongside a farriery based next to an old coaching inn in Bakewell town centre. Travellers would stay overnight and any ailing horses could be tended to by the farrier or vet. In those days the horse was the main focus of veterinary work but as agriculture developed the practice soon grew and became more involved with the strong farming community of the Peak District. In fact, the real “Siegfried Farnon” from the James Herriot novels started his career as a young vet in our practice many moons ago. The Peak District is a stunning place to live and work, and much of the countryside we enjoy today has been formed by generations of livestock farming. We are proud to be a product of this history and will do our best to look after the farming future of the Peak District for many years to come.
In the post war years, there was an increase in the need for veterinary services for companion animals and this side of the practice developed quickly until in 1988, the practice moved home from the town centre to the current site at Milford Farm. The clinic was purpose built, although the internal layout has changed many times. The last two years have seen extensive refurbishments and an array of new equipment to bring the practice into the modern age. The practice is in a beautiful location by the mill stream and we are lucky to be able to offer free on site parking to customers.
It quickly became apparent however, that access for horse boxes over the bridge was not ideal and in 2007, the practice spread to include a dedicated equine facility just a stone’s throw away on the Deepdale Business Park. Our Equine Clinic is the only dedicated equine facility in the area and has stabling, surgical facilities and an array of modern equipment to enable our team of equine vets to provide the best quality first opinion service possible.
So what is the Bakewell Veterinary Clinic?
It is a local, traditional Veterinary practice, born and shaped in the heart of the Peak District. We are not a chain or part of a global business, we are part of the countryside to which we owe our heritage. Today, Bakewell Veterinary Clinic is the product of its personnel. We are extremely proud of our team of staff, each one an individual asset in their own right and everyone of them prepared to go the extra mile when needed. We consider ourselves very lucky to come to work in a beautiful place, in a happy working environment and a feeling of fulfilment from caring for the animals of the Peak District.
Our neighbourhood catchments are: Bakewell, Buxton, Matlock, Chesterfield and Hope Valley.