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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, including specialisms in small animal, farm and equine.

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

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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. We work with different types of practices, in every field of veterinary medicine, including small animal, farm and equine.

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.

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.

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.

Emma joined the Linnaeus Group in January 2017.

Prior to joining Linnaeus Emma has built a wealth of experience with 16 years’ experience in Retail and 5 years within the healthcare industry.

More recently Emma was an Operations Director for the successful private equity business Laurels, the 3rd largest Funeral Care business in the UK which successfully sold in July 2015.Emma has also worked within elderly care homes and within NHS/Private Dentistry so has a strong understanding of delivering a customer proposition within a clinical environment.

Emma lives in Lincolnshire and is married with 2 children and has a cheeky Black Labrador called Sabre.

Brendan qualified as a vet in South Africa in 1983. He immigrated to the UK in January 1984 and started The Village Vet Practice in January 1988. This grew from a one site two staff practice in Hampstead London to a 25 site Vet Practice with four 24hr hospitals, a Specialist Centre and over 300 staff spread over London, Hertfordshire and Cambridge.Village Vet is an innovative primary care group of practices with a distinct brand. Brendan is an experienced Director in the vet industry skilled in veterinary medicine, coaching and business development. Brendan is married with four children two dogs, a cat and a tortoise.

Emma joined the Linnaeus Group in January 2017.

Prior to joining Linnaeus Emma has built a wealth of experience with 16 years’ experience in Retail and 5 years within the healthcare industry.

More recently Emma was an Operations Director for the successful private equity business Laurels, the 3rd largest Funeral Care business in the UK which successfully sold in July 2015.

Emma has also worked within elderly care homes and within NHS/Private Dentistry so has a strong understanding of delivering a customer proposition within a clinical environment.

Emma lives in Lincolnshire and is married with 2 children and has a cheeky Black Labrador called Sabre.

Brendan qualified as a vet in South Africa in 1983. He immigrated to the UK in January 1984 and started The Village Vet Practice in January 1988. This grew from a one site two staff practice in Hampstead London to a 25 site Vet Practice with four 24hr hospitals, a Specialist Centre and over 300 staff spread over London, Hertfordshire and Cambridge.

Village Vet is an innovative primary care group of practices with a distinct brand. Brendan is an experienced Director in the vet industry skilled in veterinary medicine, coaching and business development. Brendan is married with four children two dogs, a cat and a tortoise.

Michelle joined the business in November 2017.

Prior to joining Linnaeus Michelle was HR Director for Countrywide Farmers plc and has over 15 years’ experience within the Retail, Agriculture and Energy industry.

Michelle has a proven history of success in developing a high performance culture in a growing business,increasing employee/customer engagement and talent development, winning numerous industry awards.

Michelle has a degree in Education & Sociology and is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD. She lives near the Malvern Hills, is married and has a Blue Colourpoint Persian cat called Harvey.

An RCVS Recognised Specialist in Internal Medicine and Feline Medicine, Professor Tasker is also a European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine. Séverine graduated as a vet from the University of Bristol in 1994 and worked for the PDSA before moving to the University of Edinburgh to complete an iCatCare-funded Residency in Feline Medicine in 1999. She then moved back to the University of Bristol, where she completed a PhD investigating feline haemoplasma infections in 2002.

In 2008, Séverine was awarded the BSAVA Woodrow Award for outstanding contributions in the field of small animal veterinary medicine, while in 2013 she was presented with the PetPlan Charitable Trust Research Award for outstanding contributions in the field of veterinary research.In her role as Chief Medical Officer for Linnaeus, Séverine is responsible for the group’s medical education strategy and programmes such as Linnaeus’ Graduate Academy and its growing number of residency programmes and internships. Séverine brings a wealth of clinical and academic knowledge to Linnaeus and provides leadership and representation of the organisation’s clinicians at Senior Leadership Team level.

Michelle joined the business in November 2017.

Prior to joining Linnaeus Michelle was HR Director for Countrywide Farmers plc and has over 15 years’ experience within the Retail, Agriculture and Energy industry.

Michelle has a proven history of success in developing a high performance culture in a growing business,

increasing employee/customer engagement and talent development, winning numerous industry awards.

Michelle has a degree in Education & Sociology and is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD. She lives near the Malvern Hills, is married and has a Blue Colourpoint Persian cat called Harvey.

An RCVS Recognised Specialist in Internal Medicine and Feline Medicine, Professor Tasker is also a European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine. Séverine graduated as a vet from the University of Bristol in 1994 and worked for the PDSA before moving to the University of Edinburgh to complete an iCatCare-funded Residency in Feline Medicine in 1999. She then moved back to the University of Bristol, where she completed a PhD investigating feline haemoplasma infections in 2002.

In 2008, Séverine was awarded the BSAVA Woodrow Award for outstanding contributions in the field of small animal veterinary medicine, while in 2013 she was presented with the PetPlan Charitable Trust Research Award for outstanding contributions in the field of veterinary research.

In her role as Chief Medical Officer for Linnaeus, Séverine is responsible for the group’s medical education strategy and programmes such as Linnaeus’ Graduate Academy and its growing number of residency programmes and internships. Séverine brings a wealth of clinical and academic knowledge to Linnaeus and provides leadership and representation of the organisation’s clinicians at Senior Leadership Team level.

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.

Emma joined the Linnaeus Group in January 2017.

Prior to joining Linnaeus Emma has built a wealth of experience with 16 years’ experience in Retail and 5 years within the healthcare industry.

More recently Emma was an Operations Director for the successful private equity business Laurels, the 3rd largest Funeral Care business in the UK which successfully sold in July 2015.

Emma has also worked within elderly care homes and within NHS/Private Dentistry so has a strong understanding of delivering a customer proposition within a clinical environment.

Emma lives in Lincolnshire and is married with 2 children and has a cheeky Black Labrador called Sabre.

Brendan qualified as a vet in South Africa in 1983. He immigrated to the UK in January 1984 and started The Village Vet Practice in January 1988. This grew from a one site two staff practice in Hampstead London to a 25 site Vet Practice with four 24hr hospitals, a Specialist Centre and over 300 staff spread over London, Hertfordshire and Cambridge.

Village Vet is an innovative primary care group of practices with a distinct brand. Brendan is an experienced Director in the vet industry skilled in veterinary medicine, coaching and business development. Brendan is married with four children two dogs, a cat and a tortoise.

Michelle joined the business in November 2017.

Prior to joining Linnaeus Michelle was HR Director for Countrywide Farmers plc and has over 15 years’ experience within the Retail, Agriculture and Energy industry.

Michelle has a proven history of success in developing a high performance culture in a growing business,

increasing employee/customer engagement and talent development, winning numerous industry awards.

Michelle has a degree in Education & Sociology and is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD. She lives near the Malvern Hills, is married and has a Blue Colourpoint Persian cat called Harvey.

An RCVS Recognised Specialist in Internal Medicine and Feline Medicine, Professor Tasker is also a European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine. Séverine graduated as a vet from the University of Bristol in 1994 and worked for the PDSA before moving to the University of Edinburgh to complete an iCatCare-funded Residency in Feline Medicine in 1999. She then moved back to the University of Bristol, where she completed a PhD investigating feline haemoplasma infections in 2002.

In 2008, Séverine was awarded the BSAVA Woodrow Award for outstanding contributions in the field of small animal veterinary medicine, while in 2013 she was presented with the PetPlan Charitable Trust Research Award for outstanding contributions in the field of veterinary research.

In her role as Chief Medical Officer for Linnaeus, Séverine is responsible for the group’s medical education strategy and programmes such as Linnaeus’ Graduate Academy and its growing number of residency programmes and internships. Séverine brings a wealth of clinical and academic knowledge to Linnaeus and provides leadership and representation of the organisation’s clinicians at Senior Leadership Team level.

WOULD YOUR PRACTICE LIKE TO 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 the possibility of your practice joining Linnaeus, why not give us a call?

For an informal discussion, in confidence, please contact Steve Wilkinson on
07445 482621
or [email protected]

If you’re interested in a career within the Linnaeus Group please contact [email protected]

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