Our Practice

Mr Burley originally founded the Dronfield practice over 40 years ago, as a one-man mixed practice. Lynda Ross subsequently took over the practice in 1975 when Mr Burley emigrated to New Zealand.

Lynda continued to expand the practice then known as ‘Ross Veterinary Surgery’, providing a mobile service to the Eckington, Killamarsh and Staveley, by means of a converted ambulance.

Julie Wakerley joined the practice in October 1987, following a short period in mixed practice. After working alongside each other Julie and Lynda decided to go into partnership in 1992, becoming  ‘Ross and Wakerley’. In 1999 Julie recognized the need for a permanent site and thus purchased and converted an off-license in Killamarsh into a purpose built second practice, initially serving as a branch to the expanding Dronfield practice. In 2000 Linda retired after 25 years of service, handing her share of the practice over to Jonathan Speed who relocated from Bedfordshire, becoming ‘Wakerley and Speed’.

Ian Lowe joined the practice in April 2008 with a view to partnership, becoming a partner 18 months later in October 2009.  Jonathan Speed retired from the practice. At this point the practice was renamed ‘Ark.’ For client continuity and care it was decided that Julie would head up the Dronfield site, whilst Ian would manage the Killamarsh site. By early 2010 the Killamarsh workload was outgrowing the site, especially with the need to accommodate a growing exotics workload. It became essential to expand the site further. We were fortunate enough to be accepted for a European grant.

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In 2011, the Killamarsh branch was extended and renovated throughout, supported by the Rural Development Programme for England (RPDE) 2007-2013 LEADER Approach for the Bolsover and North East Derbyshire LEADER area. With the assistance of the LEADER grant we were able extend the rear of the site to accommodate a purpose built surgical area, including separate species kennelling area. This allowed the existing part of the surgery to increase reception and consulting areas, giving space to separate dog and cat waiting areas (Killamarsh ONLY) and an additional consulting room. Our work capacity increased providing more job opportunities. This in turn allows us to provide a better service to our patients and clients without having to increase our charges (see our facilities).

Now both surgeries are independent, fully equipped small animal practices, with Killamarsh catering for exotic species.  Providing a high standard of 24/7 care to Sheffield, Chesterfield, Worksop and the surrounding areas.