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I set up the Vale Veterinary Centre in 2014 following 5 years of general practice and emergency hospital experience. I worked 7 days a week (24/7 on call) for the initial 2 years following opening as I strived to make an independent vets work in a largely corporate environment. Two years later I won the prestigious and UK wide Petplan ‘Vet of the Year’ 2016-17 in a national awards ceremony in Birmingham. The following year the Vale became the largest small animal customer for VetPlus the UK’s largest veterinary nutraceutical company winning three awards in their annual awards ceremony in 2017. I was born in Bridgend and have always used local independent companies in my development of the brand. I pride myself on being one of the last few remaining independent vets in the area with the rest being within a corporate ownership / joint venture. I have a passion for orthopaedics and rehabilitation as a result became the first vets in Wales to have their own hydrotherapy and rehabilitation centre which he installed in 2016. The company is going from strength to strength and I am grateful for all the clients and staff for all their continued support.
In relation to myself, after graduation from the University of Milan in 2006, I started to practice as a small animal vet in Milan and I worked as a researcher. In 2012, I moved to Ireland where I awarded my Ph.D. with the title: “Alternative Solutions to control gastrointestinal nematodes in sheep”. During this period of time, I was also working as a tutor of Anatomy at the University College of Dublin and I really enjoined this new experience. In 2017, I moved to the west coast of Southern Ireland, and back in the practice, I used to work as a large animal vet for a year. Since 2018 I have been practicing in the UK as a small animal vet and very soon I am going to start my postgraduate certificate in Internal medicine. In my spare time, I love cooking, playing my bass guitar, reading, and traveling.
My long professional career has until recently been in human medicine. The move to help Richard, who is my son, in the Practice has been extremely challenging but hugely rewarding. I focus jointly on research programmes and the strategic development of the business.
Chris Williams MBA MHIM