History of the Ashgrove Veterinary Centre
Ashgrove’s history can be traced back as far as 1940. The practice was initially set up at 34 Ashgrove Road by George Watson Argo MRCVS . He had previously worked as a veterinary assistant to William Hepburn at Ship Lane in Aberdeen when working horses were based around the docks.
Mr Argo moved to Ashgrove Road and set up his own practice to be near the farmers auction markets at Kittybrewster. The practice then moved along Ashgrove Road to Lilybank, before in 1953 finally moving to the current location at 10 Belmont Road. The practice has been here ever since.
In 1962 Mr Argo was joined by Hugh Kay MRCVS, who was well known in the local area as the TV vet. In those days the practice dealt with a wide range of farm, equine and small animal patients. However in 1984 following the closure of the local auction markets the decision was taken to concentrate on domestic pets.
In 1990 Jeremy Hopkins MRCVS returned to the UK from South Africa and bought Ashgrove. Since then he has spent a lot of time modernising the practice and building up a very loyal client base. Under his leadership Ashgrove has gone from strength to strength, and in 2009 he was joined by Kevin Barclay MRCVS.
Jeremy announced his official retirement at the end of August 2016 when he handed the reigns over to Kevin Barclay MRCVS.
The practice now has a team of seven veterinary surgeons, six fully qualified Registered Veterinary nurses and a small team of receptionists and support staff. We are a Royal College Approved practice and a nurse training practice.
The practice aims to provide the best service possible to all of our clients and prides itself on providing preventative health care for all domestic pets as well as extensive surgical facilities for both routine and emergency cases. We treat all domestic pets (including exotics) and look forward to seeing both current and new clients in the practice. For any more information please fill in the online registration form or contact the reception.
Miss J Morris, Aberdeen
Absolutely fantastic vet practice. Containing professional, knowledgeable, caring and experienced vets and nurses, who work tirelessly to ensure the well being of all animals. Pleasant and polite receptionists. Clean, tidy and well organised facilities. Easy appointment bookings. I am extremely lucky to have such an excellent practice to turn to when needed. Highly recommended to anyone who wishes the best for their pet.
- Mr Argo (practice founder)
- Mr Kay (The TV vet)
- Jeremy Hopkins BVM&S MRCVS
- Kevin Barclay BVMS MRCVS