The practice started life in the mid-1800s as a farm and equine practice based on Nottingham Road, Alfreton. In its more recent history, it was run by Bill Bacon, who retired in 1991. The small animal caseload of the practice (which was known at this time as Hopkinson, Ingram and Hurst) steadily increased, and rapidly outgrew the Nottingham Road site. The practice moved to brand new, purpose-built premises on King Street in 2001, and changed its name to Alfreton Park Veterinary Centre.
Following this move, the small animal workload continued to increase, and in 2006 the practice stopped doing farm and equine work altogether to concentrate on improving the small animal service. This culminated in us being awarded hospital status by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) - one of only 3 veterinary hospitals in Derbyshire - which certifies that we comply with many stringent requirements, and offer the highest standards of care. The practice name then changed again to Alfreton Park Veterinary Hospital.
We have a team of 9 vets, and are proud to offer an extremely high quality service to our clients. We are delighted to say that four of our vets have been awarded the title of 'Advanced Practioner' by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. This is a category of veterinary surgeons introduced in 2015, which shows the vets concerned have increased knowledge in certain subject areas. Our Advanced Practioners are Carole Hopkinson (dermatology), Matt Ingram (surgery), Babs Ingram (cardiology), Victoria Lilley (medicine) and Claire Bush (medicine).
We are a nurse training practice. Many of our current nursing team were unqualified when they joined us, and have worked hard to gain their nursing qualifications.