Portland Vets History
George and Jenny Christopherson opened Portland Road Vet Surgery in May 2004 after falling in love with, and converting the beautiful 1890’s house in Portland Road to a modern specialised Veterinary Practice.
They came to East Grinstead with the vision of opening a high standard, friendly, caring, veterinary practice for the four legged members of the family, and are very proud of the high level of service and expert care Portland Vets is now able to offer its clients. In 2006 and again in 2015 the surgery was extended to keep up with the growth of the practice. The investment in our substantial facilities, equipment and team has been a real priority and we are so proud of the exceptional standard of practice we are able to offer our clients and most importantly their pets.
The practice is still small enough to see the vet of your choice and this is actively encouraged for continuity of care.
Many of our vets hold or are studying for qualifications in specialist areas but more importantly have been hand chosen for their dedication empathy and kindness. We have lost count of the number of times our clients have joked that they wish they could be booked in to our ‘private hospital’ for their own procedures! In 2014 we opened a new surgery in Edenbridge with the same Portland Vets ethos and care.
Our nurses are integral to the care of our patients and are led by Natasha Killick RVN and Sarah Pearce RVN. The standards they set for us as a practice are exacting in all areas – especially patient care, communication, and hygiene. It is clear they are proud of their practice and love providing the ‘extra’ care that can be lost in a busy hospital.
George and Jenny have been lucky enough to have two lovely girls since they opened Portland Vets – Ella and Sienna and this has strengthened their resolve even further to keep Portland Vets as a family orientated, local, friendly business. In fact our team have produced a very impressive 14 babies since 2007 and team outings take a very different look these days!
In 2007 George and Jenny also purchased 2 local Equine practices and merged them into one company – Lingfield Equine. www.lingfieldequinevets.com. This dedicated equine surgery is based in Felbridge and is run separately to Portland Vets. In 2015, based on the same site as Lingfield Equine, a small holder farm co-operative started under the brand “www.greencountiesvets.uk” to serve our community. In March 2018, lead by one of the highest qualified cattle vets in the country. Green Counties Vets morphed in to a cattle only practice with dairies and large beef farmers. We hope to re-introduce another small holder vet co-operative into our area to look after the sheep, chickens, alpacas etc as and when suitable vets become available who want to look after these clients. George now runs all practices behind the scenes and is enjoying a completely different life to his previous corporate background.
George now runs all practices behind the scenes and is enjoying a completely different life to his previous corporate background. The veterinary world has seen a lot of change in the last 10 years with nearly 50% of businesses being now owned by corporate companies. We are very proud to be a family company who are not beholden to shareholders and boards. We can treat each pet as an individual and focus on the care that your pet needs.
We count ourselves very lucky to have jobs that we love, a fantastic family and such a wonderful team to work alongside