A farm veterinary practice based in Shap is expanding and aims to offer its services to new clients.
Tarn Farm Vets was launched six years ago by Ben Dustan and has proved so successful that he has now moved the practice into larger premises and is bringing in new vets so he can meet demand.
“When I set up the practice, I didn’t want to be part of another big corporate practice,” said Ben, who grew up on a dairy farm in Somerset and is honorary secretary of the Goat Veterinary Society.
“We concentrate on the client-vet relationship and building up that trust. We really value being able to offer the continuity of seeing the same vet time and again.”
Two vets who have worked on a locum basis with Tarn Farm Vets will increase their hours.
They are Gemma Chaters, Kendal, and Gemma Dobson, Appleby.
In addition, Tarn Farm will be supported by Paragon Veterinary Group’s farm vet team at Newbiggin, including sharing an out-of-hours rota.
Tarn Farm Vets began in small premises attached to Ben’s previous home in Shap, when he and his wife, Kate, launched the business. It has recently moved into bigger premises beside the main street in Shap.
Ben and Kate, who have recently moved from Shap to live in Kendal, have two children, George, aged seven, and Evie, who is 10 months old.