Veterinary group Linnaeus has appointed Tim Richardson as its Chief Operating Officer (COO) following his successful leadership of several primary care and referral practices.

Prior to becoming COO, Tim was Managing Director of three referral hospitals owned by Linnaeus – Davies Veterinary Specialists, London Veterinary Specialists and Southfields Veterinary Specialists – and a number of its primary care sites.

With more than 20 years’ experience in primary care covering mixed and small animal practice, Tim has worked in the UK and Iceland, where he was a vet for the Icelandic Government. On his return from Iceland in 2016, he joined Linnaeus-owned Village Vet and then progressed into a range of regional management and practice leadership positions across the industry.

Tim said:

“I am proud to be part of our wonderful, unique industry that, although currently facing a number of challenges, continues to make such a difference to the lives of our patients and their owners every day.

“In my first vet role in mixed practice, I was fortunate to receive brilliant support, guidance and encouragement from my team. Since then, I have always wanted to do the same for my colleagues, particularly those who are just starting their careers.

“I have used my experience within the veterinary profession to support some fantastic teams at Linnaeus. Becoming COO is an honour and opportunity that will enable me to help even more people across the business.”

Tim will be working with other members of the Linnaeus Executive Team to oversee the operational performance of its 47 primary care practices and 17 referral practices, which employ some 5,000 Associates.

Bart Johnson, Chief Executive Officer at Linnaeus, said:

“Tim’s pride in the veterinary profession and his constant encouragement of others will have a hugely positive impact across Linnaeus. His strong track record in management and operations, combined with his experience as a vet, will help us to continue making a better world for pets.”

Tim lives in Hackney, East London, and enjoys all of the live music, sourdough and dog walking opportunities that it has to offer.

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