Our History

Friends from vet school days and back from service with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps during WW11, Richard Hartley and Charles Foden founded St Peter’s Vets in Petersfield in 1947.

The practice became quickly established and further vets were recruited to treat predominantly horses and farm animals in the area around Petersfield. In the 1970s, further changes heralded the practice we know today.

In 1972 the practice moved from the town square to its current premises in St Peters Road. It gave up horse work in 1973 (Richard Hartley left to form his own specialist equine practice) allowing St Peter’s to concentrate and develop an expertise in small animal practice. The surgery in London Road, Horndean was opened in 1978, undergoing further significant expansion with the addition of a surgical suite in 2002.

In 1986 the practice opened a surgery in Liss, offering a service to clients in the villages to the north of Petersfield. In 2004 the practice gave up treating farm animals and it became entirely dedicated to the treatment of small animals, supported by a growing team of Veterinary Nurses.

The practice continues to diagnose and treat a wide range of ailments in all pet animals. 2018 will see the practice embark on an ambitious development of the premises at Petersfield.

We are also proud to have all 3 surgeries accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Our Surgeries

Our Petersfield and Horndean surgeries are both fully equipped with modern surgical operating and diagnostic equipment, including dental, digital x-ray and laboratory facilities, maintained to the highest standards.

In addition, ultrasound, endoscopy and ECG are available at Petersfield, where animals can be hospitalised for varying periods if necessary. Here animals can be monitored and assessed by our team and their care plan adjusted accordingly to their needs.

Cases from our Horndean and Liss branches requiring major surgical or long term medical care are transferred to our Petersfield branch. All of our surgeries are digitally linked and equipped with computerised clinical records. The clinical notes of any animal can be easily viewed at any surgery.