A passion for animals and a gentle nudge from family inspired veterinarians Frances Jenner and Brett Davis to open their own practice.
After years working in the Goulburn Valley, the pair decided it was time to take on a new challenge.
After many months of planning, GV VETS opened on Monday.
‘‘It was not something we ever thought we’d do, but after some important people in our lives gave us a nudge, we thought let’s have a go,’’ Brett said.
‘‘It’s taken time and its great to have all come together,’’ Frances said.
A strong focus on family and the ever-important encouragement of Frances’ husband Jeremy Lee and Brett’s wife Fiona Davis inspired the duo to establish a business that is caring and inviting.
‘‘We want it to be a family friendly sort of a space, both professional and modern where pets are comfortable and families and kids are welcome,’’ Frances said.
‘‘This creates a better vibe for people and their pets.’’
Brett grew up on a dairy farm in Tongala and has worked across northern Victoria.
He is the fourth generation on the Wiltshire Horn farm in Congupna.
Frances grew up in Beechworth and, like Brett, studied veterinary science at Melbourne University.
Because of her husband’s background in IT, the pair looked to work in a big regional centre.
They live in Tallygaroopna on a hobby farm.
GV VETS offers a range of services, including consultation, surgery, farm visits and dentistry.
With a team of three veterinarians and fully qualified vet nurses, a good sense of morale is important across the business.
‘‘We have a close-knit group and it’s important to know that your team is on the same wave length,’’ Frances said.
‘‘We are vets who love being vets here.’’
‘‘We’re 100 per cent family owned and that’s our point of difference,’’ Brett said.
You can meet Brett, Frances and the GV VETS team at 169 Nixon St, Shepparton.
For information, visit www.gvvets.com.au or on Facebook @gvvets.
Appointments are available Monday to Friday from 8 am to 6 pm and Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm.