The original clinic was set up within a small industrial unit in Rathbuan Business Park on the Greystone Road, Limavady. The unit was studded out into a small purposely designed clinic with the assistance of family tradesmen and friends. Ciaran and Gillian, although excited, knew that setting up a business would never be easy but the early hardships paid off and within a year of setting up, Gillian had won the Shell Livewire Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for her role in setting up the business and the business had been awarded Best New Business and Best Service Business in the local Roe Valley business awards.
The clinic introduced a number of new benefits for local pet owners at that time including an appointment system to dramatically reduce waiting times, immediate attention for emergency cases, nurse clinics, a PDSA subsidised treatment scheme for pet owners on benefits, orthopaedic surgery within the local area and a dermatology referral service.
Within 5 years, the clinic had started to outgrow the Rathbuan premises and the property downturn allowed the business to invest in the Edenmore Road site in 2009. Building the new clinic on the Anderson Avenue site on the Edenmore Road commenced in June 2012 and was completed in December 2012, by Alan Miller of Sperrin View Construction, some three weeks ahead of schedule. Sacrificing the Christmas holidays in 2012 allowed the monumental task of transferring the business equipment across from the old premises to the new premises.
The new clinic officially opened in July 2013, having an open day in aid of PDSA, with attack and sniffer dog demonstrations, a dog show, bouncy castles, a barbecue, a petting zoo of farm animals and tours of the new surgery. Ciaran and Gillian have invested heavily in introducing new and improved features of an ultra modern veterinary clinic to the local pet owners including a hydrotherapy pool, class IV laser therapy, advanced orthopaedic equipment including new cruciate repair techniques such as TTA, on site accommodation for nursing staff and vets with 24 hour supervision of pets, under floor heating for the animal runs, additional training courses for the team and pleasant, airy, comfortable surroundings for the patients and owners.
In May 2017, All Creatures Veterinary Hospital joined CVS Group Ltd, a large consortium of veterinary clinics with five clinics in Northern Ireland. The clinic has retained its original staff, management and identity but now has the support of the larger group, particularly in terms of HR support, payroll support, recruitment and training. That gives us more time to do what we are passionate about and what we do best - care for your animals. As our valued customers, you will still be greeted by the same friendly staff and receive the same high level of veterinary care for your pet. We encourage you to make the most of our practice discount schemes by joining our Healthy Pet Club.