Torbridge Vet Group can trace its roots back over one hundred years to the original partnership of Askett and Irwin based in Buttgarden Street. The cobbled yard and stables reflected the emphasis on farm animals and working horses at the time.
In 1996 we moved to our current purpose built hospital on the Caddsdown Industrial Park and remains the only RCVS accredited Veterinary Hospital in the Torridge area. In 2001 and 2008 we saw expansion of the practice through mergers/acquisition of Acorn Veterinary Practice in Torrington and Horsepond Veterinary Practice in South Molton.
Over the years our core values have remained unchanged. We aim to always provide the highest possible standards of treatment and care for your animals, using the best people, equipment and expertise.
Veterinary surgeons at Torbridge are actively encouraged to pursue their special interests. We have vets with post graduate certification in surgery, medicine, ophthalmology and feline medicine. Other qualifications pending included certificates in cardiology, dermatology and emergency and critical care. This expertise is backed up with an extensive armoury of equipment including ultrasound scanners, digital radiography including a dedicated digital dental radiography unit, endoscopy and a wide range of orthopaedic and soft tissue surgical equipment including laparoscopy (keyhole) surgery.
This combination of expertise and equipment enables us to deal with most cases coming through the door, be it a complex fracture, a cardiac emergency or medical crisis. We also have access to internationally recognised specialists in all disciplines that we can refer you on to should your pet’s condition require such specialised treatment.
Our veterinarians are supported by a team of dedicated nurses and receptionists many of whom have embarked on further training in their own areas of expertise.
Veterinary nurse training
We are a Royal College approved veterinary nurse training practice. Our nurses achieve exceptional exam results and continue to gain additional qualifications after their nursing training.
We have nurses with keen interests and certificates in areas such as feline behaviour and canine rehabilitation. Nurses not only assist the veterinary surgeons in the treatments of your pets, but hold their own clinics advising on such areas as nutrition, puppy and kitten care, senior pet care, dental care and much more.
Our Bideford hospital site is regularly assessed by The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons to ensure we are maintaining the high standards expected by ourselves and our clients. We have a qualified registered veterinary nurse on site 24-hours a day seven days a week ensuring that your pet is never left alone if they have to stay in with us.
We operate a no compromise policy on our service standards. We always try to accommodate our clients’ veterinary needs whether it’s an emergency, routine call or our freely available telephone advice.
Torbridge Vets was acquired by CVS (UK) Limited in September 2015 and now operates as part of a larger group of veterinary practices and veterinary service providers.