A BUSY mum of five, whose husband works as a vet, has started her own business that brings pet healthcare to animals in their own homes.
Jill Atherton came up with the idea for the mobile veterinary service Vet2home while talking to her husband Jason, who is a partner at the North East-wide Westway Veterinary Group.
“It came to my husband and me one night and we thought it would be a good idea,” said Jill. “If you’ve got a lot of animals it can be a nightmare getting them to the vet.”
One of the first users of the service, which is based in Hexham, told Jill that her last visit to the vet was so stressful that her dog’s tail got caught in the car door.
The service offers advice on health issues and carries out procedures such as examinations, vaccinations, worming, flea treatments and euthanasia at the owner’s home.
Jill runs the business as a sole trader, while Jason carries out the veterinary work. The business has the back-up of the Westway Group, although it is an entirely separate enterprise.
“I take the bookings and he goes out and does the vaccinations,” said Jill.
“We’ve got five children, and I thought it was something I could fit in around the kids.
“The idea is eventually I will hire a vet who will go from one client to the next. It could be massive if we get enough clients once people hear about it.”
The couple, who have three dogs, three cats and a hamster and run marathons in aid of rescue dogs, are initially working within a 30-mile radius of Newcastle.