Veterinary Business Development (VBD) was founded in 1990 by veterinary surgeon Douglas Hutchison after he identified the potential for a commercial database of veterinary surgeons and subsequently created the Vetfile brand – still the UK’s largest and most accurate veterinary database.
Acquired Veterinary Times
The business grew swiftly and, with ready-made access to every veterinary surgeon in the UK through the Vetfile database, expansion into veterinary publishing was the logical next step, so Veterinary Times was acquired.
Veterinary Business Journal
The Veterinary Business Journal (VBJ), a new business-to-business title dedicated to the management and financial aspects of running a veterinary practice, was launched.
An essential guide in advance of all the major congresses, Congress Times is launched to publicise news and information ahead of each event to delegates.
A market-leading title aimed at RVNs, SVNs and veterinary nursing assistants was next to be introduced, with VN Times born this year.
Website for profession
Our first step into the digital market, vetsonline.com, was launched. This later became our renowned website of today – vettimes.co.uk
The next digital step was announced and VBD moved into recruitment with a dedicated veterinary job board, which later transformed into the Vet Times Jobs brand we have today.
Livestock and equine titles
Recognising the continuing importance of our publications, dedicated twice-yearly supplements for Veterinary Times’ equine and livestock readers are introduced.
Vet Times Jobs app
With technology now more ap- based than ever, we took the plunge and launched our very first app. Vet Times Jobs was now a downloadable app, bringing us closer to our digital customers.
CPD course board
As CPD for the veterinary industry is key, and with traffic to vettimes.co.uk increasing, we launched our CPD course board
Exciting times for VBD, as we found a new home and moved into our fresh and spacious new office space.
Vet Times app
Continuing with the digital trend, we launched our second app this year. This one allowed readers to access fantastic vettimes.co.uk content on a free, dedicated app.
Locum Vet Finder
Following on from the success of Vet Times Jobs, a gap in the market brought the launch of our smart-matching service, Locum Vet Finder
Keeping up with trends and the ever-evolving digital age, we launched our own range of podcasts for Veterinary Times, VN Times and VBJ.