About us

We are the longest established veterinary buying group (but we do not like this description - we are much more than this!). As a base principle, we aim to improve our member's profitability. We do this by reducing the cost of our member's purchases on pharmaceuticals and other goods and services. Vetcel negotiate the very best discount terms possible from our partners and also by reducing our member's administration costs.

We do not restrict member's choice of pharmaceutical product. We offer members 24hr/365 day access to a nett nett price list for all products - this can be accessed online, via mobile app or by downloading the list monthly. The clinical choice is always the member's.

We pay 100% of discounts earned in the month following purchase. We charge no membership fee, no administration fee, and no joining or termination fee. In fact, the only fee we charge is a £14.50 monthly web charge. We place no restriction on which wholesaler you use. We won't make you sign a contract or place any restriction or penalty on how long you join us for. You are free to maintain your relationships with manufacturer representatives.

We welcome all types of veterinary practice, regardless of species orientation. We treat all our members equally regardless of size.

We pride ourselves on our excellent industry wide reputation, our transparency, honesty and the ease, accuracy and reliability of our service.

Our Directors

Following in his father's footsteps, Stuart graduated from Edinburgh in 1974 and worked in mixed practices in Scotland and Bermuda before jointly starting a new practice in Berwick-upon-Tweed in 1980.

Stuart retired as senior and managing partner some years ago and the practice has since amalgamated with its neighbouring practice to form one of the largest practices in Scotland. Stuart was a Practice Standards Scheme Inspector for Small Animal, Equine and Farm Animal General Practice from 2007 to 2015.

A Founder Director he has been Chairman of the Company since 2001. He is a very keen golfer and is interested in and enjoys fine wines.

David qualified from Edinburgh in 1986; he worked in mixed practice in East Yorkshire and Aberdeenshire before moving to Falkirk in 1992.

He has been a partner in the Grahams Road Veterinary Practice since the late 1990s and then its sole owner since 2006.

As well as being a Director and Company Secretary of Vetcel since 2005, he also holds Directorships in DIR Veterinary Services, Forth Valley Vets Ltd. and in Vets ER Ltd. He is a member of the IoD Institute of Directors.

David's hobbies are diving, travel and more diving.

David has been a Director of Vetcel Ltd since 2000 and is currently responsible for distribution. He runs the warehouse in Earlston alongside Merlin Vet Export Ltd a successful international veterinary wholesale business.

David remains a practicing vet with the Galedin Vet Group based in South East Scotland where he has worked since 1989. Galedin Ltd was formed by the merger of Merlin Vet with its neighbouring practice Renton Swan Partners in 2015. Currently Galedin employs over 40 vets in 9 Veterinary clinics across the Scottish Borders, Northumberland, Edinburgh and East Lothian. Farm animal health and production in the beef and sheep sector are David’s main clinical focus.

David is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

John was born in Portree, Skye and brought up in Ayr. He qualified from Glasgow Vet School in 1988 and spent his first two years in practice with Eddie Straiton in Penkridge, Staffordshire where he'd spent time as a student.

In 1990 he joined what was Duncan, Masson and Robertson in Forres, Morayshire and has been there ever since.

John took a sabbatical in 1995 to work in dairy practice in the Waikato, New Zealand before returning to the practice.

Moray Coast Vet Group is now a busy two centre 11 vet mixed practice. Over the last 10 years the other partners all retired and John was a sole trader for a while until recently when he took on three other directors.

John spends 99% of his time doing clinical work which is where he is happiest.

He lives in Nairn with his wife, Ruathy and their 3 children Katie, Struan and Murray. He loves to ski, bike ride and play the accordion when time allows.

Bill qualified from Edinburgh in 1981 and went to work in a small animal practice in Bromley, Kent for 2 years before setting up a mixed practice in Dunblane with his wife Ruth.

In 1994 the practice merged with RP Anderson of Causewayhead and built Broadleys Veterinary Hospital in Stirling.

Since then Bill and Ruth have renovated and resold veterinary practices in Sidcup and Burton on Trent. They currently own a small animal practice in Clackmannanshire called Betavet which they took on in 2016.

Bill and Ruth also run an organic farm north of Dunblane.

Graeme qualified from the Dick Vet in 1979 and started work in a mixed practice in rural North Devon.

He spent over three years there getting valuable experience before travelling the length of the country to work in Inverness. Again, a mixed practice but with more opportunities for small animal surgery.

Three years later he got the chance to join the Armac Vet Group at their Peebles branch where he remains, becoming first a partner and subsequently the senior director.

Graeme is married and has four adult children, one of whom has recently started work as a veterinary surgeon.

He is very interested in local history, especially in the agricultural sector and helps out on the committee of the local Agricultural Society.

He says he watches almost any sport but is a keen follower of rugby union, being too old for playing it now, he also does a bit of curling with what he calls mixed success.

He has various dogs and cats at home and does puppy walking for Guide Dogs for the blind.

Post a career in HM Forces, Chris joined the Veterinary Drug Company (or Vet Drug, as it was known back then); a veterinary wholesaler based in York.

In April 1984 he accepted an invitation to take up the position as Vetcel's Managing Director.

Along with the current and former Directors he maintains the view that looking after the needs of the independent veterinary practice should always remain the group's primary focus.

Chris is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and the Chartered Management Institute.

What do our clients say about us?

"By joining Vetcel, there was the luxury of buying exactly what I needed without the hassle or the fear that my stock would go out of date."

Trevor Black BVMS MRCVS
The Two Rivers Veterinary Practice, Biggar

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