It’s been an incredible journey. When we founded the group in 2011, we started with just 20 practices. From the outset, we understood that our greatest strength was that these practices were run by motivated vets with a wealth of management experience. Our guiding principle has always been our conviction that the best way of achieving high-quality clinical care and exceptional client service is through local leadership.
The underlying strategy of IVC has therefore been to create a framework that enables local management to thrive. Our role is to provide the greater resources, skills and procurement synergies that come from being part of our group. Key to our philosophy is ensuring that everyone, from clinicians to managers, share the same values.
By staying true to these values, we find it easier to make the right decisions. Since the veterinary profession has always attracted principled, committed people, this matters to us all. While many businesses have a top-down structure, that’s not us at all. What excites us is listening to what our clinics need, then finding ways of meeting their needs while also achieving our shared objectives. We want each of our clinics to develop in their own ways, defining their individual clinical strategies but benefiting from methods and ideas tested within the group.
In May 2017, we were fortunate to be able to combine with Evidensia, a reputed veterinary group already well-established across Northern Europe. It’s a group endowed with an exceptional network of specialist hospitals and first-opinion practices, and an outstanding clinical reputation. This infusion of fresh talent and ideas has been a huge boost to the whole group.
OUR MISSION FOR REFERRAL AND SPECIALISED CARE
IVC GROUP LEADS THE WAY IN DELIVERING HIGH-QUALITY, SPECIALISED VETERINARY CARE ACROSS EUROPE
Core to our mission are clinical independence, international cooperation, and continuous education to develop our people and their careers.
We pursue these by developing and investing in centres of excellence, where our specialists and referral vets work together to provide exceptional care in every veterinary discipline. We recruit and support forward-looking clinicians.
“Referral and specialised care has always been an important and growing part of the IVC Group. During the coming year, we will continue to invest in new hospitals, advanced equipment and education programmes. Our strategy will not only transform the profile of our group but will also advance the provision of veterinary medicine in many of our countries” David Hillier – CEO, IVC GROUP
We involve them in developing our local clinics and in the development of the profession. Our hospitals also act as learning centres, providing advanced training and support to all our vets and nurses. Furthermore, they offer our first-opinion clinics unrivalled access to advanced diagnostics and treatment, ensuring that our clients and their pets receive the highest levels of personalised care.
“Our aim is to build the strongest and most respected veterinary group in Europe, founded on principles which are common to all of our practices: A passion for clinical care, a belief in teamwork, respect for the individual and entrepreneurship.
The strong geographical presence of Evidensia in Northern Europe and of IVC in the United Kingdom is likewise complementary and will enable us to develop a dynamic network of leading clinical facilities which will benefit from our shared best practice and our improved purchasing power.”
Meet the CEO of IVC Group, David Hillier
IVC Group at a glance
From our history, values and principles through to our clinical board, International Veterinary Academy and our mission for referral and specialised care – gain an insight into how and why we have become the leader in Europe for providing veterinary clinical excellence and an employer of choice.