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About Us

Welcome to Rowan Veterinary Centre – we’re proud to be independent vets who will care for your pets as we would our own.

At Rowan Vets, we believe that every pet is special, and our aim is to provide the very best care we can for every pet we see. We are proud of our strong local reputation for delivering consistently high quality service, and we never forget what a privilege it is to work with all our two and four-legged friends.

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Why choose us

Rowan Veterinary Centre has two Small Animal surgeries in the Fylde: our main purpose-built practice is on Hillock Lane (surrounded by a beautiful meadow) between Kirkham and Freckleton, just north of Preston. We also have a branch surgery in Blackpool, on Whitegate Drive. Both practices have a long-established reputation amongst the local communities for providing excellent care to thousands of pets every year.

We know as well as anyone that you consider your pet to be a member of your family – that’s why the values of the Rowan Veterinary Centre are just as strong today as they’ve always been, and with our modern facilities we can offer an unrivalled level of care for your pets.

We put the pets in our care first

We promise to always put the needs of the pets we care for first: we will use the most appropriate treatment and the best drugs, regardless of profit margins and manufacturer loyalty. We will promote routine preventative healthcare such as regular worming, vaccination and flea treatments to keep your pet in excellent health. And above all else, we will treat every pet with the utmost care and respect.

Client experience is extremely important to us. We work with our clients on an individual basis; we have lots of services and are always looking to tailor their pet’s care depending on what our clients want.

We also want to know you and your pets – our aim is to build a strong bonds with you both to provide the best care possible.

We are your local, community, family vets. 

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Our vision

Rowan will become a hub of veterinary hope by transforming the veterinary experience for all those we welcome through our doors.

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Our history

The original practice was based in Kirkham, in the Old Police Station on Freckleton Street. It was called A.W. Helme and was a mixed practice treating small, farm, and equine clients. Ruth Mackay joined in 1994 as a Locum and within two years became a partner. When Tony Helme retired in 2004, Ruth Mackay became sole director and Rowan Veterinary Centre was born. It was called Rowan in memory of Ruth’s first dog – a golden cocker spaniel.

The practice continued to be based in the heart of Kirkham, however, the building was gradually becoming more unsuitable for modern practice and parking was very limited. In 2008, the practice became solely small animal focused and we started the hunt for more suitable facilities. In 2009, an old pig farm became available on Hillock Lane, Freckleton, and so the hard decision was made to move out of the centre of Kirkham. After designing and building the new premises on Hillock Lane, we moved there in June 2010.

In the new premises the practice continued to thrive and expand. Ruth continued to be sole director until 2014 when Drew, who had come to work as a new graduate at Rowan in 2007, become a co-director.

The Blackpool branch became a part of the practice in 1998 and was originally across the road from our current practice. The Blackpool branch was steadily outgrowing the facilities and so we bought an old bank in Whitegate Drive in 2014. After renovations were completed in June 2015 we moved in.

Ruth and Drew continue to run the company as an independent practice and from a humble beginning of six staff, we now have over thirty people working between the two branches. We continue to look for new ways to improve our services and facilities and our vision is to become a hub of veterinary hope by transforming the veterinary experience for all people and pets we welcome through our doors.


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