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Welcome to the
Linnaeus Group

The Linnaeus Group is a vibrant, forward-thinking partnership of highly respected veterinary practices across the UK, comprising some of the best clinicians in the profession.

Through our flexible and supportive culture, our practice teams can focus on what they love doing best: delivering top quality care to their patients.

Commited to Excellence
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About Us

At Linnaeus we carefully select the practices we partner with to ensure the highest levels of patient care across our group. Together we provide a growing community of like-minded veterinary professionals who are passionate about what they do.

Our Vision

To be recognised as the UK’s leading veterinary group, committed to excellence in all that we do, delivered through high quality practices who share a common ethos.

Our Values

Leadership with Integrity

We are open, honest and transparent in all our communications with our teams, partners and clients…

  • We aim to build trust and confidence through conducting all business working relationships with integrity.
  • We support our partners in retaining their individual identity and values.
  • We are committed to excellence in everything we do so our partners and their teams can rest assured that we care about their business as much as they do.

Learning and Innovation

We recognise the importance of continuous improvement and the development of new ideas, whilst respecting clinical freedom across our group of companies…

  • We provide a support network of like-minded highly skilled professionals.
  • We share best practice across our group so we benefit from each other's strengths and experience.
  • We are committed to investing in our people and our facilities to ensure we are at the forefront of pioneering new treatments and technological advancements
    in the industry.

Lifetime Commitment to Quality Care

We provide a supportive, safe and flexible environment that allows our teams to deliver top quality care…

  • Our client and patients’ needs are at the heart of everything we do.
  • We carefully select the practices we partner with to ensure the highest quality of care and service delivery across our group.
  • We have the financial backing and expertise to secure the future of our practices, giving them the opportunity to develop their facilities and their people.

We believe in doing the right thing

Our Practices

Linnaeus invest in quality practices who put patient care at the heart of everything they do. We are incredibly proud of each and every member of our diverse portfolio, from the UK’s most respected small animal referral centres to our selection of high quality first opinion practices.

Partnering
With Us

A partnership with Linnaeus means your practice will enjoy all the benefits of being part of a larger family without losing your unique identity.

Our flexible approach will give you the opportunity to share responsibility for safeguarding and building upon the success of your practice whilst, if you wish, continuing in the profession you love.

You and your team will have access to a support network of some of the best veterinary surgeons in the country.

You can rest assured we will continually invest in your practice, listen to your ideas and support your vision.

We understand the importance of the relationship between a veterinary practice and their clients which is why we work alongside our partners to retain their individual culture and brand identity, giving you complete peace of mind that your legacy will be in safe hands.

That’s what makes us different

We want you to be as proud of your practice tomorrow as you are today. Don’t just take our word for it...

The Team

Our team is your team

Management Team

When considering options for you and your practice, we know you will want to deal with people who you can trust and who understand the veterinary profession inside out. Our dedicated management team have many years of experience in veterinary practice and understand what’s important to you, your team and your clients.

David Mobbs is widely recognised as an innovative and influential leader in healthcare. He has put Nuffield Health in an excellent position to address people’s changing health needs. He is regularly invited to participate in health and charity policy thinking at the highest level.

David is regularly cited as one of the top 10 most influential people in healthcare and was awarded the 2012 Health Investor Award for Outstanding Contribution to Healthcare.

He has worked in healthcare for all of his career and in the private health market for over 20 years. He started as a national management trainee in the NHS and gained extensive experience through roles with Bupa and the Community Hospitals Group.

After starting at Nuffield Health as a Regional Director for Hospitals he was promoted to Hospitals Operations Director. Following a brief time with Sodexo Health, he returned to the company in 2003 as Group Chief Executive.

David joined the Linnaeus Group as Chairman in 2014.

Lynne qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Trinity College, Dublin and began her professional life in mixed practices in Lancashire and in Lurgan before becoming a partner in a practice in Crumlin, Co. Antrim. Lynne worked for a number of years in both the large animal and small animal arms of the practice before concentrating on small animal work. During this time, she became interested in the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) and was the PetSavers representative in Northern Ireland, as well as the secretary and chair of the region in the early 90's. Subsequently she became the first female President of BSAVA in 1995.

In 1996, Lynne moved to work for Hills Pet Nutrition, initially as the UK Veterinary Affairs Manager and subsequently as their European Marketing Manager, during which time she became increasingly interested in the management side of practice.

In 1998, Lynne moved to the Royal Veterinary College in London, initially to run their small animal referral hospital. In 2000, a new department was formed and Lynne became Head of the Clinical Services Department at the RVC. During her tenure there, the clinical services of the RVC grew enormously and the building programme moved forward greatly, culminating in the completion of the Queen Mother Hospital.

In 2008 Lynne became Chief Executive of Langford Veterinary Services, a company totally owned by the University of Bristol and encompassing all the veterinary teaching Hospitals (Equine and Small Animal), practices (Equine, Small Animal and Farm) and the diagnostic laboratories. During her time here, Lynne completed her Masters of Business Administration at the London Business School. She has also been a council member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for a number of years – Lynne was its President from 2005-2006 and she still sits on a number of its committees.

Lynne joined the Linnaeus Group as Chief Executive Officer at the beginning of 2015.

David Mobbs is widely recognised as an innovative and influential leader in healthcare. He has put Nuffield Health in an excellent position to address people’s changing health needs. He is regularly invited to participate in health and charity policy thinking at the highest level.

David is regularly cited as one of the top 10 most influential people in healthcare and was awarded the 2012 Health Investor Award for Outstanding Contribution to Healthcare.

He has worked in healthcare for all of his career and in the private health market for over 20 years. He started as a national management trainee in the NHS and gained extensive experience through roles with Bupa and the Community Hospitals Group.

After starting at Nuffield Health as a Regional Director for Hospitals he was promoted to Hospitals Operations Director. Following a brief time with Sodexo Health, he returned to the company in 2003 as Group Chief Executive.

David joined the Linnaeus Group as Chairman in 2014.

Lynne qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Trinity College, Dublin and began her professional life in mixed practices in Lancashire and in Lurgan before becoming a partner in a practice in Crumlin, Co. Antrim. Lynne worked for a number of years in both the large animal and small animal arms of the practice before concentrating on small animal work. During this time, she became interested in the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) and was the PetSavers representative in Northern Ireland, as well as the secretary and chair of the region in the early 90's. Subsequently she became the first female President of BSAVA in 1995.

In 1996, Lynne moved to work for Hills Pet Nutrition, initially as the UK Veterinary Affairs Manager and subsequently as their European Marketing Manager, during which time she became increasingly interested in the management side of practice.

In 1998, Lynne moved to the Royal Veterinary College in London, initially to run their small animal referral hospital. In 2000, a new department was formed and Lynne became Head of the Clinical Services Department at the RVC. During her tenure there, the clinical services of the RVC grew enormously and the building programme moved forward greatly, culminating in the completion of the Queen Mother Hospital.

In 2008 Lynne became Chief Executive of Langford Veterinary Services, a company totally owned by the University of Bristol and encompassing all the veterinary teaching Hospitals (Equine and Small Animal), practices (Equine, Small Animal and Farm) and the diagnostic laboratories. During her time here, Lynne completed her Masters of Business Administration at the London Business School. She has also been a council member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for a number of years – Lynne was its President from 2005-2006 and she still sits on a number of its committees.

Lynne joined the Linnaeus Group as Chief Executive Officer at the beginning of 2015.

Paul graduated from the University of Hull with a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in History. He then started his professional career with KPMG where he trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. After qualifying, he continued working within the accounting profession with both KPMG and PKF.

Paul then decided to move away from the accounting profession, and since then he has gained a breadth of experience, having held a number of senior financial roles within large multi-site companies, as well as smaller/medium sized growing businesses such as Willows. These have included PLCs, large family controlled firms and private equity-backed companies.

This is Paul’s second Finance Director role in a veterinary business, and he is very pleased to be working within the veterinary profession once again.

Paul joined the Linnaeus Group as Finance Director in early 2015 and is excited to be part of the team working with high quality and highly reputed practices.

Paul lives in the Cotswolds with his family which includes Bertie, the chocolate Labrador.

Stuart joined the Linnaeus Group in August 2016.

He graduated from the Royal Veterinary College (London) in 2002. Stuart worked in mixed practice for 5 years after qualification, during which time he developed a strong interest in small animal surgery. Whilst working in North and West Yorkshire Stuart completed his RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2007, and in 2008 he joined the surgical team at Calder Vets, principally undertaking orthopaedic referrals from 2008 to 2015.

Whilst working at Calder Vets Referrals he became a partner of Calder Vets Ltd. in 2010, incorporated the business in 2011 and began to restructure the management team.

He became Managing Director in 2012, gradually reducing his clinical duties which ended in January 2015. During this period from 2010 to 2015 he has supervised a 50% increase in the size and scope of Calder Vets which now runs at 160 staff over 13 sites. He remains registered as an RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery.

Stuart continues his role as Chief Executive Officer of Calder Vets Limited as well as Head of First Opinion Practices for Linnaeus.

Stuart is married with 3 children and a range of untamed animals (including the children). He greatly enjoys countryside/outdoor pursuits and lives on a farm in North Yorkshire.

Paul graduated from the University of Hull with a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in History. He then started his professional career with KPMG where he trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. After qualifying, he continued working within the accounting profession with both KPMG and PKF.

Paul then decided to move away from the accounting profession, and since then he has gained a breadth of experience, having held a number of senior financial roles within large multi-site companies, as well as smaller/medium sized growing businesses such as Willows. These have included PLCs, large family controlled firms and private equity-backed companies.

This is Paul’s second Finance Director role in a veterinary business, and he is very pleased to be working within the veterinary profession once again.

Paul joined the Linnaeus Group as Finance Director in early 2015 and is excited to be part of the team working with high quality and highly reputed practices.

Paul lives in the Cotswolds with his family which includes Bertie, the chocolate Labrador.

Stuart joined the Linnaeus Group in August 2016.

He graduated from the Royal Veterinary College (London) in 2002. Stuart worked in mixed practice for 5 years after qualification, during which time he developed a strong interest in small animal surgery. Whilst working in North and West Yorkshire Stuart completed his RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2007, and in 2008 he joined the surgical team at Calder Vets, principally undertaking orthopaedic referrals from 2008 to 2015.

Whilst working at Calder Vets Referrals he became a partner of Calder Vets Ltd. in 2010, incorporated the business in 2011 and began to restructure the management team.

He became Managing Director in 2012, gradually reducing his clinical duties which ended in January 2015. During this period from 2010 to 2015 he has supervised a 50% increase in the size and scope of Calder Vets which now runs at 160 staff over 13 sites. He remains registered as an RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery.

Stuart continues his role as Chief Executive Officer of Calder Vets Limited as well as Head of First Opinion Practices for Linnaeus.

Stuart is married with 3 children and a range of untamed animals (including the children). He greatly enjoys countryside/outdoor pursuits and lives on a farm in North Yorkshire.

David Mobbs is widely recognised as an innovative and influential leader in healthcare. He has put Nuffield Health in an excellent position to address people’s changing health needs. He is regularly invited to participate in health and charity policy thinking at the highest level.

David is regularly cited as one of the top 10 most influential people in healthcare and was awarded the 2012 Health Investor Award for Outstanding Contribution to Healthcare.

He has worked in healthcare for all of his career and in the private health market for over 20 years. He started as a national management trainee in the NHS and gained extensive experience through roles with Bupa and the Community Hospitals Group.

After starting at Nuffield Health as a Regional Director for Hospitals he was promoted to Hospitals Operations Director. Following a brief time with Sodexo Health, he returned to the company in 2003 as Group Chief Executive.

David joined the Linnaeus Group as Chairman in 2014.

Lynne qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Trinity College, Dublin and began her professional life in mixed practices in Lancashire and in Lurgan before becoming a partner in a practice in Crumlin, Co. Antrim. Lynne worked for a number of years in both the large animal and small animal arms of the practice before concentrating on small animal work. During this time, she became interested in the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) and was the PetSavers representative in Northern Ireland, as well as the secretary and chair of the region in the early 90's. Subsequently she became the first female President of BSAVA in 1995.

In 1996, Lynne moved to work for Hills Pet Nutrition, initially as the UK Veterinary Affairs Manager and subsequently as their European Marketing Manager, during which time she became increasingly interested in the management side of practice.

In 1998, Lynne moved to the Royal Veterinary College in London, initially to run their small animal referral hospital. In 2000, a new department was formed and Lynne became Head of the Clinical Services Department at the RVC. During her tenure there, the clinical services of the RVC grew enormously and the building programme moved forward greatly, culminating in the completion of the Queen Mother Hospital.

In 2008 Lynne became Chief Executive of Langford Veterinary Services, a company totally owned by the University of Bristol and encompassing all the veterinary teaching Hospitals (Equine and Small Animal), practices (Equine, Small Animal and Farm) and the diagnostic laboratories. During her time here, Lynne completed her Masters of Business Administration at the London Business School. She has also been a council member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for a number of years – Lynne was its President from 2005-2006 and she still sits on a number of its committees.

Lynne joined the Linnaeus Group as Chief Executive Officer at the beginning of 2015.

Paul graduated from the University of Hull with a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in History. He then started his professional career with KPMG where he trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. After qualifying, he continued working within the accounting profession with both KPMG and PKF.

Paul then decided to move away from the accounting profession, and since then he has gained a breadth of experience, having held a number of senior financial roles within large multi-site companies, as well as smaller/medium sized growing businesses such as Willows. These have included PLCs, large family controlled firms and private equity-backed companies.

This is Paul’s second Finance Director role in a veterinary business, and he is very pleased to be working within the veterinary profession once again.

Paul joined the Linnaeus Group as Finance Director in early 2015 and is excited to be part of the team working with high quality and highly reputed practices.

Paul lives in the Cotswolds with his family which includes Bertie, the chocolate Labrador.

Stuart joined the Linnaeus Group in August 2016.

He graduated from the Royal Veterinary College (London) in 2002. Stuart worked in mixed practice for 5 years after qualification, during which time he developed a strong interest in small animal surgery. Whilst working in North and West Yorkshire Stuart completed his RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Surgery in 2007, and in 2008 he joined the surgical team at Calder Vets, principally undertaking orthopaedic referrals from 2008 to 2015.

Whilst working at Calder Vets Referrals he became a partner of Calder Vets Ltd. in 2010, incorporated the business in 2011 and began to restructure the management team.

He became Managing Director in 2012, gradually reducing his clinical duties which ended in January 2015. During this period from 2010 to 2015 he has supervised a 50% increase in the size and scope of Calder Vets which now runs at 160 staff over 13 sites. He remains registered as an RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery.

Stuart continues his role as Chief Executive Officer of Calder Vets Limited as well as Head of First Opinion Practices for Linnaeus.

Stuart is married with 3 children and a range of untamed animals (including the children). He greatly enjoys countryside/outdoor pursuits and lives on a farm in North Yorkshire.

Central Support

Our friendly central support team are here to help and become an extension of your practice by taking away some of the day to day pressures of running a business. From Human Resources to Marketing, H&S, IT and Finance, our team of experienced professionals are there as much or as little as you need them. It's up to you.

Keri Clayton

Keri Clayton

Purchasing Manager
Hayley Hawkins

Hayley Hawkins

Purchasing Analyst
Sara Lundgren

Sara Lundgren

Business Analyst
Sara Milward

Sarah Millward

Management Accountant
Lisa Compton

Lisa Compton

Management Accountant
Angie Kingzett

Angie Kingzett

Accounts Assistant
Laura Robinson

Laura Robinson

Accounts Assistant
Melissa Sullivan

Melissa Sullivan

Accounts Assistant
Oliver Robinson

Oliver Robinson

Senior Payroll Administrator
Carol Wright

Carole Wright

Payroll Administrator
Information
Technology
Keri Clayton

Keri Clayton

Purchasing Manager
Hayley Hawkins

Hayley Hawkins

Purchasing Analyst
Sara Lundgren

Sara Lundgren

Business Analyst
Sara Milward

Sarah Millward

Management Accountant
Lisa Compton

Lisa Compton

Management Accountant
Angie Kingzett

Angie Kingzett

Accounts Assistant
Laura Robinson

Laura Robinson

Accounts Assistant
Melissa Sullivan

Melissa Sullivan

Accounts Assistant
Oliver Robinson

Oliver Robinson

Senior Payroll Administrator
Carol Wright

Carole Wright

Payroll Administrator
Mike Tinsley

Mike Tinsley

IT Support Engineer
Hamza Zaman

Hamza Zaman

IT Technician Apprentice
Debbie Hartill

Debbie Hartill

Acquisitions Analyst
Mike Tinsley

Mike Tinsley

IT Support Engineer
Hamza Zaman

Hamza Zaman

IT Technician Apprentice
Health & Safety
People & Culture
Alison Dickenson

Alison Dickenson

HR Assistant
Ceris Talbot

Ceris Talbot

HR Assistant
Alison Dickenson

Alison Dickenson

HR Assistant
Ceris Talbot

Ceris Talbot

HR Assistant
Debbie Hartill

Debbie Hartill

Acquisitions Analyst
Keri Clayton

Keri Clayton

Purchasing Manager
Hayley Hawkins

Hayley Hawkins

Purchasing Analyst
Alison Dickenson

Alison Dickenson

HR Assistant
Ceris Talbot

Ceris Talbot

HR Assistant
Debbie Hartill

Debbie Hartill

Acquisitions Analyst
Sara Lundgren

Sara Lundgren

Business Analyst
Sara Milward

Sarah Millward

Management Accountant
Lisa Compton

Lisa Compton

Management Accountant
Angie Kingzett

Angie Kingzett

Accounts Assistant
Laura Robinson

Laura Robinson

Accounts Assistant
Melissa Sullivan

Melissa Sullivan

Accounts Assistant
Oliver Robinson

Oliver Robinson

Senior Payroll Administrator
Carol Wright

Carole Wright

Payroll Administrator
Mike Tinsley

Mike Tinsley

IT Support Engineer
Hamza Zaman

Hamza Zaman

IT Technician Apprentice

Join Us

Whatever the reason for considering the future of your business, investment from Linnaeus would ensure the best possible outcome for you and your practice…

  • We work together to support the aspirations of all our teams and invest in their learning and development.
  • You will benefit from being part of a wider family to share ideas and best practice.
  • Our ethos ensures that your culture lives on and your practice retains its individual identity.
  • A support network of like-minded highly skilled professionals will always be on-hand to help.
  • We recognise that one size does not fit all.
  • We listen.
  • We will invest in your business and have the financial backing and expertise to secure your future, giving you peace of mind as you grow.
  • We carefully select the practices we partner with to ensure the highest quality of care and service delivery across the group.
  • We will care about your practice as much as you do.

We believe in doing the right thing

If you would like to find out more about joining Linnaeus, why not give us a call?

For an informal discussion, in confidence, please contact Steve Wilkinson on
07445 482621 or steve.wilkinson@linnaeusgroup.co.uk