About Us

Welcome to Barn Lodge! 

We’re a family run business with no intention of ever “going corporate”. This allows us to deliver the care our clients want, day and night, 365 days a year. Over the last 28 years many things have changed at Barn Lodge; faces, furnishings and fury friends but what has remained constant is our unrivalled dedication to animal welfare. Our practice is filled with a modern and forward thinking team that still hold the traditional values we were founded upon 28 years ago. We’re constantly looking at how we perform and always ask the questions “is what we’re doing right, is it right for our clients?” This attitude towards veterinary medicine has allowed us to flourish in providing veterinary care in the North West of England whilst keeping true to our core value of ensuring animal welfare in an ethical environment.

Our History

1904

The practice in Ormskirk is founded by farrier, Ball MRCVS and is located on Railway Road, Ormskirk. Eric Kenyon was an assistant veterinary surgeon at this time.

Hewetson and Williams

Hewetson and Williams take over the practice and move to Southport. Eric continued, moving the practice to Burscough Road, Ormskirk.

Kenyon and Fitton

Kenyon partners with Millar who later moves to North Wales to set up a hotel business. Michael Fitton forms the new partnership. Eric died in 1976 and Mike continued until 1990. 

1952

The practice moves to Southport Road, the home of Barn Lodge. Now a RCVS Tier 3 Hospital it has undergone quite the transformation since the early days as a dairy and later a mixed animal practice.

1976-1977

Allison Dickinson joins the practice in 1976 and has been with it ever since. Austin, at the age of 13 came as a school boy in 1977.

5th May 1990

The modern day Barn Lodge is born. After completing his education at Liverpool University and after a short stint in the city Austin purchases Ormskirk and Orrell. 

2000

Barn Lodge Veterinary Centre becomes Barn Lodge Veterinary Hospital, a huge landmark in our history. Something we have maintained ever since.

2005

Barn Lodge Veterinary Centre, Skelmersdale is established with the retirement of Hugh Curry. 

2012

A new venture and partnership is formed. Allison and Austin team up and bring over 75 years of veterinary experience to Kirkby. 

August 2017

The newest branch of Barn Lodge opens, Upholland. The former AEM Electrics Garage is completely converted into our purpose built site boasting an extensive car park.

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