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.

We are part of Mars Petcare and we strive everyday to make a better world for pets.

We have around 150 sites across the UK, we employee around 3,000 people (including around 700 vets), and we have 10 referral centres within our family.

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.

Bart joined Linnaeus Group in April 2019.

He started his career in the pharmaceutical industry. He joined the NHS in 2000, where he held CEO positions before leaving to set up and lead Assura Medical in 2006. In 2010, Bart became the CEO of Virgin Care and led the business until prior to joining us.Bart has extensive experience of leading organisations through rapid growth and he is well-known for improving the quality and services for patients and their families.

He lives with his family in Oxfordshire and has a Foxy Red Labrador called Tizzy.

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.

Bart joined Linnaeus Group in April 2019.

He started his career in the pharmaceutical industry. He joined the NHS in 2000, where he held CEO positions before leaving to set up and lead Assura Medical in 2006. In 2010, Bart became the CEO of Virgin Care and led the business until prior to joining us.

Bart has extensive experience of leading organisations through rapid growth and he is well-known for improving the quality and services for patients and their families.

He lives with his family in Oxfordshire and has a Foxy Red Labrador called Tizzy.

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.

Emma joined the Linnaeus Group in February 2019.

Prior to joining Linnaeus, she gained a wealth of experience within consumer marketing on brands such as Dulux, British Airways, Berocca, Seven Seas and TENA. Emma joined from WW (formerly Weight Watchers), where she was Head of Marketing for the UK business managing insights, media and channel planning, creative development, content, PR and Internal communications.Emma has a proven history of success in developing marketing strategies and building strong purpose driven brands.

Emma lives in Gloucestershire, is married and has a silver tabby cat called Grace.

Andrea joined the Linnaeus group in April 2019. She brings a wealth of academic and professional knowledge to Linnaeus and will work to enable student and registered veterinary nurses are developed to reach their full potential across all aspects of their roles in terms of being able to use their skill set and develop their careers through a clear career pathway structure.

Andrea was awarded the inaugural Bruce Vivash Jones Award in 2015 for outstanding contribution to the advancement of small animal veterinary nursing, and is an elected member of the RCVS Veterinary Nurses Council.

Andrea has extensive experience of supporting VNs through their training, which started when she was the senior nurse at the Animal Health Trust – where she gained her Certificate in Small Animal Nutrition and her RCVS Advanced Diploma.She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and completed her Masters in the area of e-learning and its value to a VN curriculum. Andrea is currently completing her PhD on Reviewing the Factors which Influence Retention within the Veterinary Nursing Profession.

She was with the University of Bristol for 17 years. During this time Andrea developed the first graduate training programme for VNs and introduced a Masters by Research programme for VNs. She also helped to develop the first model of care for veterinary patients, known as the Orpet and Jeffery Ability Model (2007).

Emma joined the Linnaeus Group in February 2019.

Prior to joining Linnaeus, she gained a wealth of experience within consumer marketing on brands such as Dulux, British Airways, Berocca, Seven Seas and TENA. Emma joined from WW (formerly Weight Watchers), where she was Head of Marketing for the UK business managing insights, media and channel planning, creative development, content, PR and Internal communications.

Emma has a proven history of success in developing marketing strategies and building strong purpose driven brands.

Emma lives in Gloucestershire, is married and has a silver tabby cat called Grace.

Andrea joined the Linnaeus group in April 2019. She brings a wealth of academic and professional knowledge to Linnaeus and will work to enable student and registered veterinary nurses are developed to reach their full potential across all aspects of their roles in terms of being able to use their skill set and develop their careers through a clear career pathway structure.

Andrea was awarded the inaugural Bruce Vivash Jones Award in 2015 for outstanding contribution to the advancement of small animal veterinary nursing, and is an elected member of the RCVS Veterinary Nurses Council.

Andrea has extensive experience of supporting VNs through their training, which started when she was the senior nurse at the Animal Health Trust – where she gained her Certificate in Small Animal Nutrition and her RCVS Advanced Diploma.

She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and completed her Masters in the area of e-learning and its value to a VN curriculum. Andrea is currently completing her PhD on Reviewing the Factors which Influence Retention within the Veterinary Nursing Profession.

She was with the University of Bristol for 17 years. During this time Andrea developed the first graduate training programme for VNs and introduced a Masters by Research programme for VNs. She also helped to develop the first model of care for veterinary patients, known as the Orpet and Jeffery Ability Model (2007).

Ray joined us in February 2019.

Prior to joining the Group Ray spent 12 years in a number of roles at Electrocomponents plc, a high-service level distributor of industrial and electronics components. His final role there was CFO of RS Components, the largest trading division covering UK, EMEA and Asia Pacific.Ray also spent 9 years at Halfords, the UK retailer, covering the period of demerger from Boots plc through to the successful flotation back to the Stock Exchange in 2004.

Ray lives in Solihull with his wife and twin boys. He is a Fellow of CIMA and holds an MBA from Manchester Business School.

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.

Ray joined us in February 2019.

Prior to joining the Group Ray spent 12 years in a number of roles at Electrocomponents plc, a high-service level distributor of industrial and electronics components. His final role there was CFO of RS Components, the largest trading division covering UK, EMEA and Asia Pacific.

Ray also spent 9 years at Halfords, the UK retailer, covering the period of demerger from Boots plc through to the successful flotation back to the Stock Exchange in 2004.

Ray lives in Solihull with his wife and twin boys. He is a Fellow of CIMA and holds an MBA from Manchester Business School.

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.

Bart joined Linnaeus Group in April 2019.

He started his career in the pharmaceutical industry. He joined the NHS in 2000, where he held CEO positions before leaving to set up and lead Assura Medical in 2006. In 2010, Bart became the CEO of Virgin Care and led the business until prior to joining us.

Bart has extensive experience of leading organisations through rapid growth and he is well-known for improving the quality and services for patients and their families.

He lives with his family in Oxfordshire and has a Foxy Red Labrador called Tizzy.

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.

Emma joined the Linnaeus Group in February 2019.

Prior to joining Linnaeus, she gained a wealth of experience within consumer marketing on brands such as Dulux, British Airways, Berocca, Seven Seas and TENA. Emma joined from WW (formerly Weight Watchers), where she was Head of Marketing for the UK business managing insights, media and channel planning, creative development, content, PR and Internal communications.

Emma has a proven history of success in developing marketing strategies and building strong purpose driven brands.

Emma lives in Gloucestershire, is married and has a silver tabby cat called Grace.

Andrea joined the Linnaeus group in April 2019. She brings a wealth of academic and professional knowledge to Linnaeus and will work to enable student and registered veterinary nurses are developed to reach their full potential across all aspects of their roles in terms of being able to use their skill set and develop their careers through a clear career pathway structure.

Andrea was awarded the inaugural Bruce Vivash Jones Award in 2015 for outstanding contribution to the advancement of small animal veterinary nursing, and is an elected member of the RCVS Veterinary Nurses Council.

Andrea has extensive experience of supporting VNs through their training, which started when she was the senior nurse at the Animal Health Trust – where she gained her Certificate in Small Animal Nutrition and her RCVS Advanced Diploma.

She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and completed her Masters in the area of e-learning and its value to a VN curriculum. Andrea is currently completing her PhD on Reviewing the Factors which Influence Retention within the Veterinary Nursing Profession.

She was with the University of Bristol for 17 years. During this time Andrea developed the first graduate training programme for VNs and introduced a Masters by Research programme for VNs. She also helped to develop the first model of care for veterinary patients, known as the Orpet and Jeffery Ability Model (2007).

Ray joined us in February 2019.

Prior to joining the Group Ray spent 12 years in a number of roles at Electrocomponents plc, a high-service level distributor of industrial and electronics components. His final role there was CFO of RS Components, the largest trading division covering UK, EMEA and Asia Pacific.

Ray also spent 9 years at Halfords, the UK retailer, covering the period of demerger from Boots plc through to the successful flotation back to the Stock Exchange in 2004.

Ray lives in Solihull with his wife and twin boys. He is a Fellow of CIMA and holds an MBA from Manchester Business School.

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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