History & Ethos

Pets‘n’Vets began life more than 40 years ago, on 1 May 1971, when George Leslie opened a brand new veterinary practice in 1478 Pollokshaws Road. Initially a single-handed enterprise, the Pollokshaws surgery has expanded to include the two neighbouring premises and increased from one veterinary surgeon to nine.

Having worked for 16 years as a sole practitioner, George took on a partner in 1987 – his former student Ivor Lough. The partnership sought a new challenge and founded its first branch surgery in Crookfur, near Newton Mearns.

In the following years, the practice continued to build its reputation for excellent veterinary care, first class service and friendly staff.

The partners fostered a family feeling within the practice. The result was (and is) that staff remain with Pets’n’Vets long-term, enabling them to further their training, gain qualifications, and build their knowledge. Most importantly, our staff are able to develop genuine life-long relationships with our friends and their pets.

In 2010, George retired from veterinary in order to concentrate on his political career. Ivor was joined in the partnership by Ross Allan and Oliver (Mike) Jackson. Ross had been working with Pets‘n’Vets since 2002 and Oliver had been working in veterinary practices in London. Oliver and Ross had strong connections with the Practice, both having been mentored by the practice since their early teens. The partnership now boasts three fantastic vets; all trained at Pets‘n’Vets, all educated at Glasgow University Veterinary School, and all having grown up within 1 mile of the Pollokshaws practice.

Just as George and Ivor had in 1987, the new partnership sought new horizons and Queens Park Veterinary Surgery was brought under the banner of The Pets‘n’Vets Family in 2010.

Pets’n’Vets East Kilbride was founded in 2011 as a more local facility for clients and their pets in that area, many of whom had been travelling to Pets’n’Vets Surgeries in Glasgow for years.

In 2012, a long-standing friend of the partners, Stuart McDonald, retired from his two practices – Queen Margaret Drive and Dumbarton Road. He was keen that his practices should retain the honest, fair and sensibly priced style of Glasgow Veterinary care he had practiced since 1967; it was a perfect fit, and McDonald Vets became part of The Pets’n’Vets Family.

Pets‘n’Vets is known locally and further afield for its excellent standard of pet healthcare. The practice regularly accepts second opinion cases from all over the country. Our vets are often invited to speak on behalf of Scotland’s veterinary community in the national media, at national veterinary events, and even in the Scottish Parliament.

Our ethos is one of diligence and honesty brought to you in our relaxed, approachable style, our sense of humour befitting our Glasgow roots.

For over 30 years, this Glasgow sense of humour has been summed up by our cartoons, all brought to you by our resident cartoonist Malky McCormick.

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