Abbeyfields Veterinary Centre is a small non-corporate friendly practice based in Rocester. We mainly deal with small animals but do treat the odd Alpaca, pet Sheep or pet Chicken now and again! We aim to provide the very best in animal care giving a high level service to our clients with 15minute consultations. We provide our own out of hours service manned by our own vets so that if your pet is injured or ill outside veterinary hours they can be quickly assessed and treated.
Abbeyfields Veterinary Centre is located in Rocester, ST14 5JU on the Staffordshire/Derbyshire borders, close to the market towns of Ashbourne and Uttoxeter. The Surgery has RCVS Accreditation and is a registered Veterinary Nurse Training Practice. We are happy to take care of Dogs, Cats, Small mammals, Backyard Chickens, Exotics and Alpacas.
As a location for a Veterinary Centre, Rocester has proved a great place to be. The Abbeyfields Practice started in 1994 and we have enjoyed great links with local residents and businesses around.
Far from being a sleepy Village, Rocester in Staffordshire is full of activity and life and if you read the local Rocester web site, it “has a long, rich and varied past with periods of significant prominence that far outweighed its small size and rural location”.
Important bits of history
The Romans established a permanent settlement in Rocester and their Roman fort was built on the grounds of what is now called the Abbey Field, from where our name derives. Historically this was an important site between Derby and Newcastle.
From the Doomsday era, Rocester acquired significant religious status and St Mary’s Augustinian Abbey was then built on the Abbey Fields site. The ruined foot print can be seen in this field on our aerial photos.
In 1781 it was the turn of Richard Arkwright to establish his water powered cotton mill on the banks of the River Dove. Rocester had good canal and rail links and its economy grew to become semi industrial. Even other local industries like stone works flourished. With the Mill came housing , schools and a community. Nowadays Arkwright’s Mill houses the JCB Academy , whilst the major JCB headquarters are sited at the opposite end of the village.
The Veterinary Surgery is proud of the Abbeyfields history upon which we base our name, even if we work in the shadow of some great British history!