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Kirkcaldy 01592-599500
Glenrothes (Woodside) 01592-757373
Glenrothes (Cadham) 01592-745775
Leven 01333-423396
Email: vets@stclairvet.co.uk

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St Clair Veterinary Group

St Clair Origins

We have been providing quality care for pets in Fife for OVER 80 YEARS.

The origins of the St Clair Veterinary Group practice began in the early part of the 1900s.

The practice in Kirkcaldy can be traced back to 1930 when the veterinary work was predominantly with farm animals and horses within the Central and East Fife areas.

In the mid 1930s the practice was owned by Mr Skinner, who ran the practice in Kirkcaldy and also owned the property, which is currently the veterinary surgery in Leven. Mr Skinner lived for some time in Windmill Road, Kirkcaldy. In the 1950s, Mr Ferguson joined the practice, which was run from the large house at the Kirkcaldy end of Dysart Road. The house, named the Headrig, was the surgery and the vet's house up until the mid 1960s. The practice was known then as Skinner and Ferguson. Up to this time the practice continued mainly as a farm animal practice. Much of the work involved looking after the forty or so horses (vanners) belonging to the Co-operative Society in Commercial Street. These horses were used to pull the milk floats delivering the milk to the townsfolk of Kirkcaldy and Dysart.

When Mr Smith joined the practice in the early 1960s, the practice became known as Ferguson and Smith and they continued at Dysart Road until the death of Mr Ferguson a few years later. In 1965 Mr Smith moved the practice to 146 Commercial Street. Miss Buchanan, a Classics graduate from St Andrews University became the practice receptionist and bookkeeper. In 1969 John Boyd joined and the practice was renamed Smith and Boyd. Although the majority of the work was still with farm animals, the practice developed a reputation in the treatment of pet animals and this area of work increased over the next thirty years. The partnership of Smith and Boyd continued for seventeen years until the retirement of Mr Smith in 1986. At this time John Boyd redeveloped the Leven surgery and began to operate it as a full time branch, with surgical and in-patient facilities. The Smith and Boyd name remained with the practice for a further ten years.

Jarlath Busby joined the practice in 1991 and Neil Geddes in 1994. Neil specialises in ophthalmology and draws referrals from a wide area. He has obtained the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology.

For some time it was obvious that we had outgrown the Commercial Street premises and in May 1995 the practice relocated to a new purpose built building in Pottery Street, Kirkcaldy. The practice was renamed ST CLAIR VETERINARY GROUP. This was the first purpose built animal practice in Fife and is a superb facility from which we provide the high level of quality care that our clients expect from the practice.

In 1997 Ian Paterson joined the practice. He has a special interest in veterinary orthopaedics and surgery and has obtained the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Small Animal Surgery.

At this time the effects of BSE and the reduction of government support, plunged the agricultural industry into recession. As farm work for the practice reduced, a decision was reluctantly made to discontinue farm work. So after almost one hundred years of service to the local farming community we decided to concentrate the practice efforts on the small animal sector.

The result was expansion of the practice and in 2003 we acquired a veterinary practice in Woodside, Glenrothes. This facility enabled clients in the Glenrothes area to benefit from the skills and quality care which are the hallmarks of St Clair Veterinary Group. John Boyd retired in 2004 after 35 years at the practice, having successfully overseen the transition from traditional large animal practice to leading edge companion animal practice.

The Kirkcaldy premises underwent a major expansion in 2009 which included the addition of more consulting rooms, a second operating theatre, large new cat and dog wards, a dedicated dental suite, a new laboratory and redevelopment of prep room and office space upstairs. As acknowledgement of John Boyd's influence over the previous three decades the new operating theatre has been named the 'John Boyd Theatre'. That same year St Clair Veterinary Group was named as UK Practice of the Year and we remain the only Scottish practice to have achieved this to date.

In 2011 we opened a second branch in Glenrothes at Cadham, to help cope with the increasing number of clients attending our Woodside surgery.

As the practice has grown, so has the number of staff. From one vet and a receptionist in Commercial Street in 1965, the staff now totals nearly fifty persons, including fifteen veterinarians, nineteen nursing staff, a practice manager, a practice accountant, a credit control officer and twelve reception staff. We now operate from the the main surgery in Kirkcaldy and our branches in Leven, Woodside (Glenrothes) and Cadham (Glenrothes).

Our whole team is dedicated to quality veterinary care where your pet is treated as one of the family. St Clair Veterinary Group offers the highest possible standard of veterinary care and treatment to our patients. We are very proud of our achievements and look forward to the future.