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Mole Valley Farmers to launch first veterinary practice


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Leading rural retailer Mole Valley Farmers is to launch its first veterinary practice located at their Newton Abbot branch in Devon on Monday 21st November.

The new Molecare Veterinary Practice will be open 7 days a week and consist of one full time vet, a part time vet, two veterinary nurses and a reception team who will now spend the next few weeks furnishing and stocking the vet practice ready for the launch on Monday 21st November.

Started by a small group of farmers in 1960 in South Molton, Mole Valley Farmers has continued to invest strategically over the last 50 years in farming and rural retailing opportunities. The company remains closely focused on its core farming activity in the West Country continuing to invest significantly in agriculture, including the recent launch of an own branded range of products Molecare Animal Health which extends across beef, sheep and equine.

This latest venture extends the store offering to include a bespoke veterinary practice with high quality pet specific care and treatment from a company that has built up loyalty and trust with their customers over five decades.

Patrick Traill, Veterinary Services Manager said, “This is a very exciting new venture for the company. This is the first pet veterinary practice to be opened by Mole Valley Farmers. The new Molecare Veterinary Practice is seen as an extension of the store and is completely owned and run by Mole Valley Farmers and, being open 7 days a week will allow pet owners easy access to veterinary care when it is convenient. The Molecare Veterinary Practice has everything you’d expect from a modern veterinary practice including full medical and surgical facilities as well as two consult rooms and an easy access waiting room for customers and their pets. The practice is able to utilise plenty of free parking space available at the Mole Valley Farmers store.”

The Principle Vet of the practice is Mark Riggs who qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2001. During his time as a veterinary surgeon Mark has worked in mixed practice but now concentrates solely on pets having spent the last few years in a Small Animal Hospital in Wiltshire.

Mark has been working on this project for over a year looking at the opportunity for the trusted name of Mole Valley Farmers to expand its customer services into veterinary care for pets.  Having selected Newton Abbot as the site for the first Molecare Veterinary Practice, Mark, his wife Vicky, their two dogs and cat can’t wait to start enjoying all that Devon has to offer while working hard to deliver this exciting new service to visitors of Mole Valley farmers in Newton Abbot.

Mark Riggs, Principle Vet at the new Molecare Veterinary Practice in Newton Abbot said, “I’m really excited to be part of this launch and new offering for Mole Valley Farmers. The idea is that the new practice helps us provide a complete range of pet animal health services with a dedicated veterinary practice for customers and the local community.”

The new Molecare Veterinary Practice will open in Newton Abbot at the Mole Valley Farmers retail branch on Monday 21st November.

For more information on how to register and the services available call the team at Mole Valley Farmers in Newton Abbot on 01626 836444.


Mole Valley Farmers was started in 1960 by a small group of farmers in South Molton, Devon. Today, there are 6,692 farmer shareholders and over 22,000 country members.  It is one of the largest employers in the South West, with a turnover approaching 300 million and in excess of 1,600 staff. Mole Valley Farmers is one of the few businesses based on a co-operative model in the supply industry, with a total commitment to the farming and rural industry.

Over the years, the company has developed and grown, making investments in:

  • Nine retail branches in the South West
  • Mole Valley Farmers Online
  • 4 compound feed mills for all animal feeds
  • A network of  blending operations
  • A mineral supplement plant
  • A quality farm building and engineering division
  • 19 SCATS Countrystores across the South, South East and South Wales
  • Local agricultural supplies company Bridgman’s
  • A joint venture Mole Valley Forage Services
  • CWG Countrystores Ltd with 10 stores at Stamford, Dereham, Bury St Edmonds, Colchester, Melton Mowbray, Fauld, Newark, Darley Dale, Worksop and Market Rasen
  • Mole Valley Renewables business

CWG Farm and Country Ltd has 10 stores at Stamford, Dereham, Bury St Edmonds, Colchester, Melton Mowbray, Fauld, Newark, Darley Dale, Worksop and Market Rasen.

SCATS Countrystores are part of the Mole Valley Farmers Group. The company now has 19 stores throughout the South of England and South Wales from Kent to Dorset, Bristol and South Wales and up to Berkshire and are the leading supplier of goods and services for farmers, country dwellers and the general

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