In this role, he will be responsible for continuing its rapid growth and for building the company’s reputation in the farm veterinary sector. He reports to the Director of CVS’ Practice Division, Mrs Karyn MacKenzie.
James Kennedy qualified from Glasgow University in 2002 before joining Rosemullion Veterinary Practice, a mixed practice in Falmouth, Cornwall. He became a Director of Rosemullion in 2008. In 2014, Rosemullion separated its farm animal and small animal work with James Kennedy becoming Clinical Director of the new farm practice, Coast2Coast Farm Vets.
In 2015, following the acquisition of Rosemullion and Coast2Coast by CVS, he was appointed to CVS’ Farm and Equine Clinical Advisory Committees. These Committees comprise clinical staff from across the Farm and Equine Divisions and make decisions on key issues, including purchasing, advice and information for its clinical teams and investments in the latest equipment and facilities. He took up his new role as Large Animal Director on 4 September 2017. CVS is one of the UK’s fastest growing veterinary groups. CVS Farm currently employs 45 vets across 14 sites but its numbers are growing weekly, according to the company.
Commenting on his new role, James Kennedy said: “I’ll be spending time each week travelling around the UK, Ireland and Holland to visit our farm practices and meet with colleagues within CVS and from the wider farming and veterinary industries.
“During my first six months, I’ll be focusing on developing frameworks and policies that will enable our practices to guide clients through difficult issues, such as antimicrobial and anthelmintic resistance and to help them succeed in the highly competitive market place for both prescription and non-prescription medicines.
“I will also be creating a bespoke farm New Graduate Programme for young vets which all our farm practices will be able to access.
“I see an exciting opportunity for CVS Farm to become a major force in the sector and am looking forward to working with my new colleagues to bring this about.”
Mrs Karyn MacKenzie added: “James brings a wealth of experience and is highly respected by all of his colleagues. I’m delighted that he has joined our senior management team to continue to develop and deliver our large animal strategy.”
Key to its success is CVS' ability to attract ambitious veterinary staff whilst continuing to invest in the development of their clinical skills and in research to drive the profession forward. It also provides the business support to ensure its diverse range of small animal, large animal and equine practices achieve their full potential. CVS' guiding principles include a commitment to excellence in all aspects of its work and a focus on building long-term relationships with its customers and suppliers. The company works in close partnership with the wider veterinary profession and industry colleagues.