Recently launched veterinary group creates jobs with latest site opening

An independent, family-owned veterinary group that launched in the UK last year has expanded into the West Midlands by launching a practice in Kingswinford near Dudley as part of a £330,000 investment.

Harrison Family Vets opened its doors earlier this week at Gatehouse Retail Park on Dudley Road, initially creating six jobs.

The Kingswinford practice will be headed up by well-known West Midlands vet, Rosie Levene-Barry, who brings more than 15 years’ experience to the role.

Most recently she worked for a Wolverhampton practice and has appeared in an ITV documentary about her innovative corrective surgery on a litter of Labradors that were born with cleft palates. In 2012, she co-founded successful pet rescue charity Raven’s Rescue UK.

This latest opening is the second practice for Harrison Family Vets, after it launched in Woodley, near Reading, last summer.

The practice will launch a third site will open in the North West later this year.

Tim Harrison, managing director at Harrison Family Vets, said: “With a pioneering practice, and as the only independent, family run veterinary business in the area, our proposition and ethos will really stand out. We’re striving to push the boundaries of pet care, customer service and employee wellbeing, in an environment that is a long way from a traditional veterinary practice.”

David Charlton, asset manager of national commercial property and investment company LCP, which owns The Pensnett Estate and Gatehouse Retail Park, said: “We have invested significantly in our improvements to The Pensnett Estate over recent months and look forward to welcoming Harrison Family Vets to our new, prominently located Gatehouse retail parade we developed. It will join Papa Johns, which occupies the neighbouring unit.”

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