About Us

Hartshorne Veterinary Surgery is a traditional practice in a village setting, offering a kind and caring approach that puts your pet's needs first.

We are a relaxed and friendly practice, owned and run by Geoffrey Smith.

With 15 minute appointments, our aim is to build a relationship with the animal and the owner for the lifetime of your pet.

With over 30 years' experience working in the Swadlincote area, you can be assured your pet's care is in good hands.

The practice premises were originally the village convenience store and Post Office. When we first opened our doors in November 2014, it had been converted to provide the bright and spacious veterinary surgery it is today.


Meet the team

Geoffrey Smith

Geoffrey graduated from Liverpool University in 1983 and came to Swadlincote with his first job, staying until 2013, when he became increasingly disillusioned by the direction the practice was taking (i.e. more money-focused).

He decided to set up his own practice to put into place his philosophy of giving an animal the treatement that is in its best interest, not a business decision.

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Emily Jones

Emily joined us on work experience, when she was studying to be a veterinary care assistant at Rodbaston College, Staffordshire.

She took a full-time role with us in July 2016, after completing her course. She provides the team with a youthful exuberance and enthusiasm.

Her pet is a 13-year-old Jack Russell terrier called Spud.

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Charlie Taylor

Charlie joined the team in January 2021.

She had previously worked in another veterinary practice for 16 years, where she was trained and qualified as a registered veterinary nurse in 2010.

She has a lively 6-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross called Maggie.

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Millie Clamp

Millie joined us as a Veterinary Care Assistant in July 2020.

She has a Level 3 Animal Management qualification and hopes to progress her career to become a qualified veterinary nurse.

She has a Border Collie called Riley and a cat called Trio; both from 2 of our clients.

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William Heston

William graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2015 and has practised in small animal practices, orthopaedic referral centres and small animal hospitals.

Throughout this time he has developed a special interest in orthopaedics and managing arthritis in domestic pets.

William is a keen motorsport enthusiast and proclaimed fastest vet in the country!

In his spare time he enjoys motor racing, countryside walks with his 2 French Bulldogs Cleo and Belle, and spending time with his family and pets, including Jasper the cat.

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