Glenroy Vet Clinic
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Veterinarian and business owner, Tim Jenkins, has been caring for the people of Glenroy – and their pets – since 2003. The Glenroy Vet Clinic is his eighth practice, and his longest running.
|Business type||Pet care|
|Industry||Health & medicine|
|In Moreland since||2003|
Consultations, vaccinations, desexing, general surgery
An interest in biology and animals from a young age inspired Tim Jenkins to become a veterinarian. In 1977 he graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Melbourne. He also became a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
During his more than 40 years of experience, Tim has cared for literally thousands of animals – regular household pets like cats, dogs and birds, and more unusual ones like snakes, badgers and tortoises.
“Once, I even repaired a pet chicken that had been attacked by a dog. It took 35 stitches to put the bird back together! It lived for another four years,” says Tim.
After a couple of years working in the United Kingdom, Tim settled down to the business of…business. Between 1980 and 2003 he established eight veterinary clinics in seven different Melbourne suburbs: Brighton; Moonee Ponds; Coburg; Blackburn; East Malvern; Bulleen and finally; Glenroy.
Tim says that running multiple clinics was taxing but rewarding, both financially and professionally, and that it’s satisfying to know that all the clinics he established and sold are still operating successfully today.
The Glenroy Vet Clinic, on Wheatsheaf Road, is the one Tim has retained for the longest, and enjoyed the most.
“I had sold several clinics and retired, but I wanted to come back, and Glenroy was handy to home. The practice has grown but is still very much a personal business. There’s me, and two very experienced and qualified veterinary nurses to assist the smooth running of the clinic and care for the needs of our patients and clients,” says Tim.
“We’ve made many friends among our regular clients – I’ve found the people of Glenroy and the easy-going atmosphere of the area well suited to this stage of my career, and plan to continue serving my clients and patients for a few years yet.”
Tim provides consultations, vaccinations, desexing, general surgery, and even home visits to the local area. He offers aged pensioner discounts and will give after hours advice over the phone if required. He also stocks and sells pet products like shampoos, collars, coats and cages at the clinic.
His core offering has remained the same over the years, but the way he has gone about a few things has changed, such as the way he advertises his business.
“Previously, we advertised through old-fashioned word-of-mouth and yellow pages. In recent years, I’ve engaged an online advertising consultant to create a website and google ads for the business. It can be challenging and time consuming keeping up with the latest developments, but it’s rewarding too. A lot of our business – especially new business – comes through these avenues.”
Images courtesy of Glenroy Vet Clinic.