Cherrydown joins the Linnaeus Group

jnJonathan and Rachel Nurse have been the directors of Cherrydown for many years and have taken the practice from strength to strength, offering what we believe is excellent veterinary and customer care.  As we prepare to say good bye to our owners and hello to a new chapter with Linnaeus, Jonathan wanted to share this statement with you.

“After joining the partnership at Cherrydown over 20 years ago, I decided the time was right to sell. I spoke to a number of buyers and chose Linnaeus because they share the same ethos in making care for the patients their top priority.  With their buy and build strategy and growing network of referral and top quality first opinion practices, I believe they can progress the level of care provided to all our patients.  I also chose Linnaeus because I believe they were best placed to provide ongoing job security and career progression to all my staff.”


There will be very little change on a day to day basis and our service and commitment to our clients will continue as normal.  Kevin Wood has become clinical director and will replace Jonathan as the senior vet.  Kevin joined the practice in 2010 and has both veterinary and pharmaceutical qualifications.  He has worked alongside Jonathan for a number of years and has a wealth of experience and is already known to the majority of Cherrydown clients. Kevin has been involved in training many of the vets who have worked at Cherrydown and is ideally positioned to step into Jonathan’s shoes and take over the role of clinical director.

Shaun Plunkett, practice manager, will take on more of the day to day management decisions of the business.  Shaun joined the practice in 2011 with a customer service and management background. He holds the Certificate of Veterinary Practice Management and has been assisting Jonathan in managing the practice since 2013.

sp and kwShaun and Kevin’s comments: “We are obviously sad that Jonathan is leaving the practice as he has been a good mentor, friend and colleague during our time here.  This time was always going to happen at some point and we would like to wish both Jonathan and Rachel all the best in the years ahead.  We are committed to upholding the high standards Jonathan has set and with the backing of Linnaeus we are looking forward to making Cherrydown an even better practice committed to the same values of excellence in clinical care and customer service. Our colleagues at Linnaeus are keen that we maintain Cherrydown’s unique identity and will be supporting us to continue to offer you guaranteed care for your pet 24 hours a day, every day of the year.”

Jonathan concludes: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your loyal custom over the years and I look forward to watching Cherrydown Vets going from strength to strength.  I will be around until the end of December to ensure a smooth handover but I am 100% confident in both Kevin’s and Shaun’s abilities in ensuring the best of care to all our patients and clients.”

We will be happy to answer any questions you may have and we look forward to being of service to you and your pets in the years ahead.  To find out more about Linnaeus and the other practices in the group please follow this link

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