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Franklin Vets celebrates 77 years

May 17, 2021

This week, Franklin Vets is celebrating 77 years of providing veterinary care to the pets and production animals of our district.

The company has come a long way since 1944 when one vet was employed by the Franklin Vet Club to cover from One Tree Hill to Mercer, Waiuku & Kaiaua in what was known as the fire brigade service.77 years

Fortunately, the vet numbers grew and in 1963 they formed a private practice, Franklin Veterinary Services and contracted their services to the Vet Club and its members. They were the first contract vet practice in NZ, setting the model for many that followed.
In 1977 the Vet Club wound up and Franklin Veterinary Services (1977) Ltd became a totally private practice. That year the team consisted of 9 vets supported by 6 nursing and administrative staff.
In the ensuing years, the practice has expanded to have branches in Beachlands, Papakura, Karaka, Waiuku, Pukekohe, Te Kauwhata, Taupiri, Waitakaruru, Kopu and Paeroa. Nowadays, the team is close to 170, providing veterinary services to over 17,000 families.

The team is led by eight Directors, representing 15 owners who all work full time within the business and who are committed to continuing to provide their clients with the high-quality services established by the founders of the practice.

Franklin Vets has always had a reputation for innovation and leadership. It places a strong emphasis on preventative medicine to ensure its client’s animals have the best chance of living long, healthy, and productive lives.

Mark Hosking, Chief Executive says, “The company’s long history is very important to the current directors and we see ourselves as ‘caretakers’ of the Franklin Vets brand that has been built over many years. Our whole team acknowledges that we would not have had an enduring business without the support of our clients, some of whom are 4th generation customers, and I would like to take the opportunity to thank them for their support along the way.

He says, “COVID has added new challenges to the mix with an explosion in new pet numbers bringing increased client demand and a change in the way the service is delivered when lockdowns are in place. Our focus in the last year has been on supporting the teams that have come under significant work pressure, while still maintaining the BEST PRACTICE standards we are known for.”

Franklin Vets has recently joined Indie Vets, a new veterinary organisation charged with helping people connect with locally owned and operated vets. Something that many people may not realise is that a growing number of NZ vet clinics are now owned by corporates, often with overseas owners. And while there is nothing wrong with this, it is always good to make an informed choice. So, if you’re someone who likes to support local, that’s exactly what you are doing when you visit a Franklin Vets clinic.

Oh, and if you’re wondering why Franklin Vets is celebrating 77 years instead of the traditional 75 years? It turns out when the team started looking into the company history in preparation for a 75th celebration this year, they discovered that they were two years too late! Dr Siegal, a Polish refugee who was the very first vet in 1944 had been omitted from a previous timeline. Apparently, he didn’t like going out after dark or into what he considered the back blocks like Paparimu, which possibly didn’t make him too popular with clients!