Our History

National Veterinary Services (NVS) started in 1989, read more about our history and our journey to where we are today.

The Beginning 1989

National Veterinary Services (NVS), originally branded National Veterinary Supplies, was founded by Peter Ashton, his uncle Alan Ashton and Paul Hill in August 1989. Ian Page, the current CEO at Dechra was its first employee.

Lloyds Chemist 1992

Over the next three years, by providing high levels of personalised service NVS gained a 14% market share by 1992. NVS is acquired by Lloyds Chemists.

Acquisition 1994

Southern Veterinary Services and West Midland Veterinary Supplies are acquired.

New Premises 1995

Moved operations from Fenton to a 50,000 sq.ft. Warehouse in Talke in Stoke on Trent.

Dechra 1997

Management team completed a buyout of NVS, Arnolds and Dales Pharmaceuticals from the Lloyds Chemists Group. The newly formed Group was named “Dechra”.

Updating Systems 2000

A new semi-automated computerised stock picking circuit was introduced; this was subsequently updated and extended in 2004 and again in 2007.

More Capacity 2002

Warehouse capacity was significantly increased in 2002 and the extended site refurbished as NVS signed a lease on the adjacent unit which doubled its warehousing capacity.

London Stock Exchange 2008

Dechra was listed on the London Stock Exchange in September 2000 and entered the FTSE 250 in December 2008.

Patterson Companies 2013

In August 2013 NVS was acquired by Patterson Companies, Inc whose headquarters is in St Paul, Minnesota and Animal Health is headquartered in Greeley, Colorado.

UK Market Leader 2018

NVS continues to be the UK’s market leader in veterinary wholesaling and distribution with ten depots across the UK.